Shaker Goes Global

Incorporating International Baccalaureate

Incorporating International Baccalaureate

Shaker Heights is the first school district in Greater Cleveland, and one of only eight districts across the nation, to offer IB programming to students in all grade levels throughout the district.

International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognized educational program with a rigorous curriculum. International Baccalaureate features a global focus and emphasizes creative problem solving, hands-on projects, inquiry-based learning, and community service.

International Baccalaureate is offered at three levels. Schools can offer the program at one, two, or all three levels. 
• Primary Years Programme: adopted for all students in preK through Grade 4

Middle Years Programme: authorized in June 2015 for all students in Grades 5-10

Diploma Programme: an elective course of studies offered at Shaker Heights High School

All five K-4 elementary schools in Shaker fully implemented the program in 2013 and earned designation as International Baccalaureate World Schools. The High School was named an International Baccalaureate World School in 2010 and graduated its first cohort of International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates in 2012. The District received official authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to implement the IB Middle Years Programme for all students in grades 5-10 in June 2015.
The rigorous International Baccalaureate gives Shaker students a competitive advantage in this increasingly global economy. The International Baccalaureate program also helps Shaker to continue attracting families by offering a world-class education. The International Baccalaureate program builds on the Shaker schools’ mission to nurture students who are civic-minded; who are confident, competent communicators, skillful in problem solving and capable of creative thinking; and who are knowledgeable of our global and multicultural society.

International Baccalaureate is highly regarded throughout the U.S. and the world. An International Baccalaureate diploma allows students to earn college credit or advanced standing at many colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

International Baccalaureate does not replace anything in the current curriculum. Students continue to learn traditional subjects, meeting all state academic content standards. Rather, International Baccalaureate enhances current offerings at every level and provides a consistent focus and approach to learning throughout the K-12 years. For example, students at every level are encouraged to develop the ten attributes of an International Baccalaureate Learner: Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinker, Communicator, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-taker, Balanced and Reflective.

At every grade level, subjects are becoming more interconnected and enriched, and are taught with a more global outlook. Our students and our community will benefit from a greater emphasis on cultural awareness and community service. 

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