Western Middle School hosts info sessions

New information will be delivered at district information sessions about the plan to make Western Middle School a magnet school and offer a three-year International Baccalaureate (IB) program starting with the 2014-15 school year.

All families with students entering grades sixth through eighth interested in applying to Western are welcome to attend the information sessions to learn more about the school and the IB program. These sessions will take place on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. In the case of snow, an alternate date has been set for Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

The magnet application deadline for all Greenwich Public Magnet Schools is Feb. 28. Any incoming middle schoolers residing in Greenwich are eligible to apply for a magnet seat for the upcoming school year.

In October, the Board of Education voted unanimously to open Western Middle School as a partial magnet school beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Western Middle School was authorized as an IB World School in September 2013 after a process that requires candidate schools to teach the program for at least one year, participate in professional learning opportunities, submit two very comprehensive applications for authorization, and host a site visit by IB officials.

Western was commended by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) for the community’s collective and active role in establishing the program.

Siva Kumari, the IBO’s Chief Operating Officer for the Schools Division noted that, as an IB World School, Western Middle School 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.”

In addition to Western Middle School, magnet school applications are available for Hamilton Avenue School, The International School at Dundee and Julian Curtiss School. New Lebanon School will not be accepting magnet school applications for the 2014-2015 school year due to space constraints, except for siblings of magnet students currently enrolled in the school for next year.

Applications and information are available at Greenwichschools.org.

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