The International Baccalaureate Program is a comprehensive and balanced two-year curriculum and assessment system that allows students to study courses across all disciplines. Through careful subject selection, students may tailor their course of studies to meet their needs. 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 great detail through independent research and will have an opportunity apply their knowledge and skills in community outreach. It is designed for highly motivate sutdnets who seek the challenge of a well-rounded international curriculum.
The Ray-Pec School District must complete a series of steps in order to implement and offer the International Baccalaureate program. (See the implementation timeline below.) 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 will access the first I.B. classes at Ray-Pec High School.
International Baccalaureate update
Presentation to Rotary Club
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.
As part of the process to implement the International Baccalaureate program, the Ray-Pec School District is informing the community about IB. During the fall of 2012, these community presentations are scheduled:
- PTA Executive Council, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13, at the Administrative Services Center
- Board of Education, 7 p.m. Sept. 20, at the Administrative Services Center
- Raymore Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m. Sept. 25, at Gregory's Brunch/Event Space
- Joint Cities meeting, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, hosted by the City of Peculiar
- Intermediate Forum, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, at Bridle Ridge Intermediate School
- Middle School Forum, 6 p.m. Oct. 23, in the commons at Ray-Pec East Middle School
- High School Forum, 6 p.m. Oct. 24, at Ray-Pec High School south building
- Optimist Club, Oct. 30 (time and location to be determined)
- Belton-Raymore Rotary Club, noon, Nov. 7, at Ryan's Steakhouse
- Ray-Pec Band Boosters, 7 p.m. Nov. 12, band room at Ray-Pec High School (south)
- Foxwood Springs (to be determined)
An article about International Baccalaureate was published in the April 2012 issue of District Administration
. The article is titled: "Widening Participation to an International Baccalaureate Education." The article tells about plans to add a career-related certificate to the IB curriculum. To see the article, go here: I.B. article
Dr. Kevin Daniel
, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, shared information about the International Baccalaureate program at the March 23, 2012, Board of Education meeting.
What is I.B.?
I.B. Implementation Timeline
For more information, go to: www.ibo.org