The first phase of the district goal to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) school has been completed.

We received notice from the International Baccalaureate Organization that our high school is now authorized to be a Diploma Program World School. This is the culmination of two years of hard work by teachers and administrators.

It is quite an honor and shows our commitment to the best education possible.

What this means is that our high school students who will be juniors or seniors will now select Diploma Program courses for the next school year.

Since we are small, most of the courses in the core subjects will be IB. When the examiners visited our school, they were impressed by our climate and the focus on learning. They recognized the opportunity to offer the courses as IB rather than creating a separate track of classes.

Students can choose to take the full Diploma Program, which is a two-year commitment, or take individual courses that would be for individual certificates. In order to get the credit for the courses, they will still have to take the IB exams, which occur in May. Read Ken Bates' full column in the March 4 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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