Seven Washtenaw County school districts join countywide International Baccalaureate program
Seven Washtenaw County school districts will be in the countywide International Baccalaureate program, with the western districts deciding against joining the consortium.
The Ann Arbor, Saline, Willow Run, Ypsilanti, Whitmore Lake, Lincoln and Milan school districts all voted to join with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District to form the Washtenaw International High School.
The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011 in the former East Middle School in Ypsilanti.
The Dexter, Chelsea and Manchester school districts decided against joining the consortium. Dexter Community Schools will be offering its students an IB program at Dexter High School.
County school districts had until the end of October to decide whether to join the consortium.
The school will hold 600 students, with 150 students joining in each of the first four years of the program. The allotment of students will be determined according to the size of each of the districts in the consortium. Student enrollment processes will be finalized in the coming weeks, according to a news release.
The IB is a rigorous program of learning used around the world. More than 3,000 IB programs exist in 139 countries around the world involving about 1 million students. There are 33 IB schools in Michigan.
The WISD will front $250,000 to start the program in the first years. The proposed budget for the first full year of the program, the 2011-12 school year, is about $1.4 million. Association fees for each of the districts will be determined in the near future, officials said.
Kyle Feldscher covers K-12 education for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.