Advocate Radio: Woodrow named ‘International Baccalaureate’ school

Woodrow Wilson High School has been designated DISD’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) high school as part of the district "redesign" of high schools throughout Dallas.

What does this mean for Woodrow? According to Woodrow principal Ruth Vail, greater rigor in the classroom, more academic challenges for students of all income levels, and an opportunity to burnish the educational reputation of the neighborhood’s 80-year-old landmark institution.

And the designation puts Woodrow in good company: there are about 540 IB high schools in the United States, and by way of comparison, there are more than 29,000 public high schools in the country.

The Woodrow announcement was made during a podcast we conducted with Vail (herself a Woodrow grad); you can listen to the eight-minute discussion and what it means for the school by clicking here. Pass the word and email a link to this blog post to neighborhood families, especially those with students who are currently sixth-graders or younger — that’s the group this new designation will have the greatest impact upon, because the program is expected to be fully implemented for the 2011 school year. But Vail says students currently in 7th-10th grades eventually will notice a difference in the school’s curriculum, too, as IB courses are added to the curriculum during the next few years.

I’ll have more information and a longer discussion about the IB program Tuesday.

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  • Rick Wamre

    Ms. Vail pointed out immediately after the podcast was complete that she had not given her email address correctly. Unfortunately, I’m not enough of a GarageBand whiz to easily fix it, so I told her I would add it to the end of our post, which I did on Tuesday. No need to beat her up for the mistake, since it was my fault.

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  • White Rock Runner

    She said her email is That’s laughable. Not very smart. If you go on a radio, know your email address. She’s just all talk, man.

  • none

    Gee, we know too well the principal is not so smart. Who did she pay to write the IB plan. Oh that’s right, she’s got people 🙂

  • michael langley

    Kudos, Ruth. The presentation tonight was fantastic and this is an exciting time for Woodrow and the feeder schools. Dr. Hinohosa was very upbeat about IB World designation. Make contact with Dr Dawson Orr at Highland Park about what he did with Hirschi High as IBWorld.

  • Amy Cuccia

    AWESOME!!!! The east side of Dallas has known for sometime that our schools were great – this will only make them better. Congratulations to Vail and her staff for helping to get this program implemented.