International Baccalaureate program grows to five more Illinois schools

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Five Chicago Public schools are adding International Baccalaureate programs for elementary and middle schoolers in the fall, joining several dozen other Chicago schools that already offer the internationally recognized model.

Four of those schools will offer IB to students in grades six through eight, CPS announced Monday: Louis A. Agassiz Elementary School, 2851 N. Seminary Ave.; Christian Ebinger Elementary School, 7350 W. Pratt Ave.; Bernhard Moos Elementary School, 1711 N. California Ave.; and William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy Elementary School, 4600 S. Hermitage Ave. The fifth school, Helen Peirce International Studies Elementary School, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., will add students in kindergarten through fifth grade; it already has a middle school IB program, according to CPS.

The expansion covers about 1,500 students, the mayor’s office said, and will provide updated art, science and library facilities and training for teachers and staff. Each school will also add an IB coordinator and world language teacher. The Board of Education will vote Wednesday on authorizing the new IB programs. CPS is seeking an extra $280,000 for each of the five proposed schools to pay for the teacher training and “fees associated with the authorization,” according to the meeting agenda.

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