Chappell Elementary Named an IB Candidate School

School to be First International Baccalaureate Primary Years Public School in Area

 Next school year, students at Chappell Elementary School (205 North Fisk Street) will be exposed to a whole different style of teaching and learning. Today, Chappell Elementary was officially named an International Baccalaureate Candidate School, and is scheduled to receive their authorization in April of 2012. Chappell will be the first IB Primary Years (IBPY) public school in the area. 

Staff had to complete a lengthy application process and will be trained at the school by the International Baccalaureate Organization on January 21 and 22, 2011.  Over the course of the school year and during the summer, staff will be working on implementing the IB curriculum to be ready for the start the 2011-2012 school year. 

As part of the IBPY, staff will also roll out an elementary foreign language program, where all students will be learning Spanish. The school is already technologically-rich, with a one-to-one laptop program for second through fifth graders, and uses iPod Touches and e-Readers as part of regular instruction. 

The Primary Years Programme at Chappell will be school-inclusive, unlike the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), scheduled to start the 2011-2012 school year at West High School (966 Shawano Avenue), where students choose to take IB classes. An information session for IBDP will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 20 at West High School. The session is open to the public.

Visit the International Baccalaureate  Organization website for information on the Primary Years Programme.

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