The Tempe Elementary School District wants to offer an internationally recognized curriculum for its elementary and middle school students.
The district is considering placing the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Middle Years Programme at McKemy Middle School, said district spokeswoman Monica Allread.
The challenging program requires students take a variety of advanced classes, participate in community service, study how individuals can make a difference in the world and complete a personal project at the end of their 10th-grade year.
Vista Verde Middle School in the Paradise Valley Unified School District is the only area school that currently operates the middle years program.
Allread said the district is also considering placing an elementary-level program in one of its schools. Currently, no such program exists in the Phoenix area.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme was created in 1968 and is gaining in interest in Arizona. It offers high school students a demanding interdisciplinary curriculum that includes an international view of world history and philosophy.
Tempe High School recently announced plans to create its own IB program.
So the program in Tempe Elementary district would offer students a seamless transition to earning their diplomas, Allread said.
McKemy’s program would start no earlier than fall 2008, and if the district decides to open an elementary IB program, it wouldn’t happen until 2010, Allread said.