Teacher Steve Meek explains about the International Baccalaureate program at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club. Meek teaches language arts and is the district’s I.B. Coordinator. He also is the 2012 Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year.
The Ray-Pec School District is applying to become a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Program for the 2015-2016 school year.
As part of the application process for the I.B. program, the district has conducted a series of community presentations to inform parents and the community. The most recent presentation took place at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club. Speakers during the club’s lunch meeting included Dr. Kevin Daniel, assistant superintendent for academic services; Steven Miller, Ray-Pec High School principal; and Steve Meek, language arts teacher and I.B. Coordinator at Ray-Pec High School.
The International Baccalaureate Program is a challenging and comprehensive two-year program that allows students to study courses across all disciplines.
Students who choose to pursue the I.B. Diploma will explore the connections between six major subject areas through an international perspective. They will also pursue one subject in detail through independent research and will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in community outreach. Students may also choose to take specific I.B. courses and earn certificates, rather than the full diploma program.
Students can begin to take advanced classes in eighth grade to prepare them for the I.B. courses their junior and seniors years of high school.
Under the current plan, Ray-Pec would offer its first I.B. course during the 2015-2016 school year for juniors (current 8th graders). The Class of 2017 would access the first I.B. classes at Ray-Pec High School.
Earlier presentations took place at the September school board meeting, at the Raymore Chamber of Commerce meeting, with the PTA Council, and at a Joint Cities meeting. Information was also presented during parent sessions at Bridle Ridge Intermediate School, Ray-Pec East Middle School, and Ray-Pec High School.