New Lebanon named an International Baccalaureate school

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New Lebanon School has officially been authorized as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) World School, news that has brought about big cheers from both school and district leadership in Greenwich.

“The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes are internationally recognized as a way to advance student excellence. New Lebanon is one of three schools in our district to offer an IB program, and we thank the International School at Dundee and Western Middle School for their support during this process,” Superintendent of Schools William McKersie said. “Successfully completing this rigorous process for authorization is a major milestone for the New Lebanon School community. This acknowledgment reflects the high quality work of the school’s principal, staff, students and families.”

The New Lebanon School re-opened in 2009 as the fourth elementary magnet school in Greenwich and began implementing the IB-PYP.

The authorization process requires candidate schools to teach the program for at least one year, participate in professional learning opportunities, submit a highly comprehensive application for authorization and host site visits by IB officials.

New Lebanon School Principal Barbara Riccio said, “This great honor is a culmination of many years of hard work by the teachers, parents and students at the New Lebanon School. Our teachers took on the rigorous demands of the IB inquiry-based model of instruction above and beyond their GPS responsibilities. We are a proud community today and look forward to continuing to develop our internationally-minded students tomorrow.”

The school staff received a number of commendations in the IB authorization report for practices that went “beyond the requirements for authorization and will benefit the implementation of the program.”

Of particular note, the school received the following commendations:

“The school’s commitment to a constructivist, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning that promotes inquiry and the development of critical thinking skills is evident through classroom discussions, displays and resources, teacher planning, general policies and practices in the school.”

“The school has built a stimulating learning environment based on understanding and respect throughout the school community.”

The deadline for applications for the 2013-2014 school year is March 1.

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