Shaker Heights Schools was the first school district in Greater Cleveland, and one of only eight public districts across North America, to be recognized as a PreK-12 International Baccalaureate Continuum District. International Baccalaureate
, an internationally recognized educational program with a rigorous curriculum, features a global focus and emphasizes creative problem-solving, hands-on projects, inquiry-based learning, and community service.
Shaker Heights Schools offers three International Baccalaureate Programmes:
- Primary Years Programme, for all students in PreK through Grade 4
- Middle Years Programme, for all students in Grades 5-10
- Diploma Programme, an elective course of studies offered at Shaker Heights High School for students in Grades 11 & 12
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. Read more about how IB at Shaker Heights Schools is developing Change Agents in the Making.
The rigorous IB Programme gives Shaker students a competitive advantage and world-class education in this increasingly global economy. It also builds on the District’s 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 enables students to earn college credit or advanced standing at many colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.
As IB learners, our students continue to study traditional subjects, meeting all state academic content standards. They are also encouraged to develop the ten attributes of an International Baccalaureate Learner: Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinker, Communicator, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-taker, Balanced and Reflective.
Learn more about International Baccalaureate online.