Kit Carson officially earns highly respected IB Diploma Programme status

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Kit Carson can begin to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, Diploma Programme campus in the fall. Andrew Macdonald, the Chief Schools Officer for the IB program notified Kit Carson Principal Santiago Chapa on Monday of the “considerable accomplishment” in achieving authorization for the prestigious program.

Kit Carson has been working toward becoming an IB school since 2013, when a community team first forwarded the idea of a campus redesign. In the years since, staff has received extensive training and worked together on curriculum focused on the five essential IB elements: Knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action.

Chapa expects to start in the fall with about 90 students.

Research shows that students from IB programs often perform better academically on standardized tests than their peers and are more likely to attend college. Ninety-two percent of graduates of IB Diploma programs go on to college.

Last June, Chapa and district officials were notified that Kit Carson could join the global IB ranks as a World School, and now the school can add additional luster to its IB portfolio by also adding the Diploma Programme. “This has been a long process,” Chapa said. “We’re proud of the achievement, but now the real work begins so we can be ready to start in 2017-18.”

Together with Caleb Greenwood’s IB Primary Years Programme, SCUSD is well on its way to creating an East Sacramento IB track from kindergarten through 12th grade. Chapa said the school will work on an appropriate celebration for the start of the new academic year.