Green Bay School District Working to Offer K-12 College Prep Courses

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Green Bay School District hopes to become the second in Wisconsin to offer the college-prep International Baccalaureate program from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The district has been working to fully offer the program — a process that takes several years — at Chappell Elementary and Franklin Middle schools. They are in a final preparation phase this year with hopes of becoming authorized IB schools for the 2013-14 school year. Chappell and Franklin already operate using IB principles.

The district already offers IB classes and a diploma program for juniors and seniors at West High School. Administrators also plan to move forward with the program for ninth- and 10th-graders at West, which would make Green Bay one of two in the state to offer a full K-12 IB program. Green Lake is the other.

The entire schools at Chappell and Franklin will be part of the IB program, with sixth and seventh grade at Franklin implemented a year before eighth, saidChappell principal Kris Worden. The programs represent teaching practices from around the world, administrators say, incorporating themes for students such as who they are, where they are in place and time, how they express themselves, how the world works, how they organize themselves and sharing the planet.

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