School Lane Charter School holds the proud distinction of being named an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The school’s campus consists of two buildings. The larger building houses students in grades 7 through 10, who are in the IB Middle Years Program (MYP Grades 11 and 12 are located next door in its 3340 Tillman Dr. Building. School Lane IB Diploma Program (DP) and career pathways are available for these grade levels to provide a variety of opportunities as students start to consider and plan their post-secondary options.
IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring students who will grow up and create a what they define as a better and more peaceful world. They plan to do that through intercultural understanding and respect. If only Kissinger knew! For a half century, IBO has provided schools around the globe with a curriculum framework, system of assessment, professional development programs and a network of support to connect traditional subjects with the real world. Although that may seem like a lot of jargon, that’s the IB pledge, and it’s been work just fine for five decades.
While meeting the PA Core Standards as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, School Lane’s IB students are challenged to develop and approach learning through the IB Learner Profile. Like most curricula, IB education challenges students to excel in academics and in their personal growth, although they do not define what personal growth is. But sounds great. Parents and guardians who chose SLCS for their children can expect a shift in their child’s approach to learning, application of real-world experiences, and independent study skills. That’s a point that could cause students to transfer to another school because it is not for everybody.
School Lane’s Middle Years Program (MYP) is differentiated within the classroom to ensure students receive personalized education experiences in line with the IB model. Those who enroll in DP courses develop skills that are crucial to gaining success at higher levels of learning, including the ability to think critically, develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for research-based study, written communication, and a sense of international mindedness and cultural understanding. That’s a lot to consider, so you may want to call the school to find out what it means. For more information on the recognition and respect an IB Diploma holds among higher education, you can check IB’s University Admissions page.
College-bound students can expect many local, national and international universities to have an admissions process that has been slightly modified for those with IB diplomas although not all institutions recognized IB credits.
Want to know about SLCS’s IB program? Call 215-245-6055 or visit School Lane Charter School’s website.