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December 4, 2014

Hilton School District receives International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme authorization

The Hilton Central School District recently received authorization from the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which encompasses grades 5-10. The District currently offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Quest Elementary School and the Diploma Programme (DP) at Hilton High School. This new authorization makes Hilton School District the first public school system in New York State to be designated as an International Baccalaureate District.

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, the International Baccalaureate offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

For the past three years, Hilton schools have worked diligently to implement the IB-MYP. From Oct. 27-29, IB representatives conducted a thorough review of this implementation process by visiting four schools and talking to Board members, teachers, administrators, students and parents. The purpose of the visit was to assess whether Hilton CSD had completed the requirements to be officially authorized as an IB-MYP district.

Hilton CSD received a “Commendable” rating in the authorization report from IB. Commendable means that school practices are beyond the requirements for authorization and will benefit the IB Programme as the district moves forward toward full implementation.

“We are excited to continue our IB journey and know that there is still a lot of work ahead of us,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Barbara Surash. “We know that becoming an IB district would not have happened if not for the hard work of so many people—teachers, parents, students, administrators, Board of Education members, staff, and of course our IB Coordinators.”

The IB-MYP will be integrated into the curriculum in grades 5-6 at Northwood and Village Elementary Schools, grades 7-8 at Merton Williams Middle School, and grades 9-10 at Hilton High School.  Parents and students will be kept informed as the implementation process moves forward. Look for more information in the next issue of the district newsletter, Insight, mailed to home in late January.

Middle Years Programme at Hilton CSD

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme