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Education: Santa Clarita Valley International Charter prepares application for specialized curriculu

Posted: April 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School is hoping to the be the area’s first and only International Baccalaureate school, officials said this week.

International Baccalaureate schools offer specialized curriculum, which combines everyday academic studies with real-world experiences that better prepare students for university study.

The Castaic charter school is applying for the Middle Years program, for students ages 11-16, and the Diploma Program, for high school juniors and seniors, Principal Mary Rockwell said.

The school is currently finishing its application for the program. Officials expect to hear whether or not they will become a International Baccalaureate school during the summer.

The school raised more than $10,000 for the process. The curriculum and program implementation are costly, Rockwell said.
SCV International is a K-12 charter school that opened in fall 2008. The project-based school focuses on having kids learn through experience rather than textbooks.

Rockwell said SCVi is interested in the “holistic” approach that the IB Diploma Program takes in educating students, because of its emphasis on cultural and intercultural learning.

“It’s going to provide a really nice framework for our kids,” she said. “It’s looking at education through a different lens.”
Students who begin the IB program as sixth-graders will grow stronger academically, she said.

“They are engaged and evolved by the time they reach 10th grade,” Rockwell said. “They just have ... a deeper understanding of the world they live in.”

By the time they enter the Diploma Program, students can earn college credits before they graduate high school, Rockwell said.


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