Dexter schools to offer more International Baccalaureate classes next fall
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The new I.B. courses are part of the I.B. program phase-in at the high school. The new classes will be offered starting in September, the Patch article said. Dexter accepted its first cohort of about 25 I.B. students this school year.
DHS Principal Kit Moran told AnnArbor.com there were 10 I.B. classes made available this fall, so the offerings will nearly double in size by the 2012-13 academic year.
Moran described I.B. courses as, in a way, similar to Advanced Placement courses.
“Several years ago, we as a district decided we needed more rigorous courses at the high school,” Moran said. “We decided to go down the path of I.B as opposed to adding a bunch more traditional AP classes. We liked the instruction, thought it was a little more appropriate and integrated part of our district strategic plan is to have our students have a world view and I.B. classes have a world view.”
He said there is no cap for enrolling students in the I.B. diploma program. The district's only limit for accepting students into I.B. is course availability. Otherwise the I.B. courses are scheduled the same way as other courses at DHS, Moran said.
If there are 25 to 30 students that sign up for a course, there will be one section. If 50 to 60 students sign up, there likely will be two sections, Moran said.
Dexter also recently approved opening seats at the high school during second semester to out-of-district sophomores via School of Choice, with the intent that the students will join the I.B. program as juniors next fall.
Opening the spots help the district as a whole to become eligible for an extra $180,000 in state funding.
Read the Dexter Patch report from Monday's meeting here.