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Dobbs Ferry Looks At Middle Years Baccalaureate Program

Dobbs Ferry Schools are exploring a new Middle Years Program of study that will replicate the high school's International Baccalaureate curriculum.
Dobbs Ferry Schools are exploring a new Middle Years Program of study that will replicate the high school's International Baccalaureate curriculum. Photo Credit: Daily Voice

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. ? The Dobbs Ferry School District has begun preliminary exploration of a Middle Years Program that would replicate the high school's International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

The Board of Education passed a resolution on Feb. 7 to study the criteria, costs, manpower and curriculum needed to implement an IB Middle Years Program for students in grades 6-10.

"I am delighted to report that the Board of Education, which represents the entire Dobbs Ferry community and its children, continues to plan for our students’ future," District Superintendent Lisa Brady said.

The IB Middle Years Program is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary course of study that encourages students’ intellectual and social development.

Dobbs Ferry High School was the first IB World School in Westchester County in 1998. In her letter to the community, Brady said, "The program’s philosophy and curriculum aligned with the community’s demographic diversity, educational values and high academic expectations. With over 30 different languages spoken in the homes of approximately 1,500 students today, the IB program makes sense in 1998 and in 2013."

If it is implemented, the district expects MYP to prepare students for the high school IB Diploma Program in grades 11 and 12 and provide academic continuity between the middle school and high school.

The district is encouraging community involvement In the upcoming months and will offer many opportunities for parents, teachers, students and community members to learn more about the MYP.

"Community support is a critical component of the MYP application process and will help the Board of Education to know how parents and community members feel about this educational change for our middle school students and ninth and 10th graders," Brady said in her letter.

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