Five years ago Kit Carson Middle School was at risk for shutting down due to low enrollment. As part of a team of parents, students and staff, Michael advocated bringing the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to this school to meet the needs of students and families. Just this month it became an authorized IB World School and Michael led the effort to create its first Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA). Kit Carson has transformed into a thriving new opportunity for students in our community.

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Kit Carson wins International Baccalaureate authorization

The International Baccalaureate organization this week officially authorized Kit Carson as an IB World School. Kit Carson is now the first SCUSD school authorized to offer IB’s highly respected Middle Years Programme.

Kit Carson has been transitioning to 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.

“I congratulate Principal Santiago Chapa and Kit Carson’s teachers, staff, students and families for putting in the hard work to meet IB’s high standards,” said SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda. “Winning IB authorization is a major accomplishment for Kit Carson and our district.”

IB schools are inquiry-based and aim to develop young people who are critical thinkers and dedicated to enhancing the social, cultural and economic climates of the world. Because of its success in preparing students for college and careers, IB is one of the fastest growing educational programs in the country.

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.

“As an IB World School, (Kit Carson) is part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world,” IB Chief Schools Officer Andrew Macdonald wrote in a letter to Principal Chapa. “We look forward to working closely with you to realize our shared vision.”

Together with Caleb Greenwood’s IB Primary Years Programme — authorized a year ago — SCUSD is well on its way to creating an East Sacramento IB track from kindergarten through 12th grade. Kit Carson is currently a candidate school for the IB Diploma Program (11th and 12th grades) and will apply for authorization for that program next year.

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