Principal Danielle Petters announced last week that JL Long Middle School has been accepted for International Baccalaureate candidacy.

Even though Long is not officially an IB world school yet, being accepted for candidacy means Long’s teachers can access IB curriculum. It also gives them the opportunity to reach out to IB teachers worldwide.

IB officials will visit the school for two days, and they will write a report on whether the school follows the proper standards. The school also must send teachers to IB-specific training workshops. “The IB places the student at the centre of all that it does and would not authorize a school or allow it to continue to be authorized if there were proven concerns,” the IB website states.

If accepted, the school will pay about $8,400 a year to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Woodrow Wilson High School already has been accepted as an IB school and began offering IB curriculum this past school year.

“Not only will the students of JL Long benefit from the commitment to high quality, challenging, international education, but so will our entire community,” Petters says.

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