ONE OF THE MORE UNIQUE SCHOOLS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LA CROSSE IS CELEBRATING A DISTINCTION NOT MANY OTHERS IN THE STATE HAVE RECEIVED.
FIRST NEWS AT NINE’s ALEX LOROFF TELLS US ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM.
AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ACADEMIC PROGRAM IS NOW AVAILABLE IN LA CROSSE.
NORTH WOODS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IS OFFERING THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM.
THE PROGRAM IS FOR STUDENTS AGE THREE TO 12 AND DEVELOPS SKILLS FOR ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL SUCCESS WHILE UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL LANGUAGES AND CULTURES.
NORTH WOODS STAFF MEMBERS HAVE SPENT THREE YEARS TRYING TO GET THE PROGRAM AUTHORIZED, SO THE APPROVAL CAME WITH A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT.
“It was a big relief on my part too just knowing that there was so much in the works that had to happen for this to be established.”
NORTH WOODS IS ONE OF ONLY 14 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE STATE WITH AN IB DISTINCTION, AND THE FIRST IN THE COULEE REGION.
“La Crosse School District Superintendent Dr. Aaron Engel says the IB Program helps to illustrate the quality of education here in La Crosse.”
“We have a whole range of options for families to meet their needs and the International Baccalaureate Program adds another element that really makes La Crosse a desirable place to come live and learn.”
NORTH WOODS PRINCIPAL KERI HOLTER ADDS STUDENTS RECEIVE A ROBUST EDUCATION INVOLVING DIFFERENT CULTURES.
“We offer a different set of programming with a lot of rigorous academic content that people want for their children.”
BOTH HOLTER AND IB COORDINATOR SARA DePAOLO AGREE THE IB PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE GREATER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE.
“For us to have that IB here in La Crosse is just something that will open up many doors to us, it also provides that international education.”
“I think by growing the understanding of the program and then celebrating all of the amazing outcomes that we are having; I think it brings us closer together as a school community.”
IN LA CROSSE, ALEX LOROFF, FIRST NEWS AT NINE.
I-B FOLLOWS STUDENT PROGRESS THROUGH YEARLY ASSESSMENTS AND SCHOOLS ARE RE-EVALUATED EVERY FIVE YEARS TO SEE IF THEY STILL MEET THE PROGRAM’S STANDARDS