Rockford High School is proud to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school. We learned that we were one of four (4) school districts in the nation to receive a federally funded Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) grant in October, 2019. Rockford High School is one of six (6) schools in the Northwest Suburban Independent School District (NWSISD) that will participate in the MSAP Grant. We are excited to collaborate with our NWSISD partners for the next five (5) years of the MSAP Grant and beyond. The financial resources provided by the MSAP Grant will support implementation of IB programming at RHS, including professional development, increased access to technology, curricular materials, coordination, and communication.
We are excited to share information regarding the unprecedented opportunities for students and teachers associated with IB programming. If you would like to hear more about what our future holds at RHS, Please see details below:
Monday, March 4, 2019: Registration Event for families of students currently enrolled in 8th grade. There will be an IB overview between 5:00-5:45 pm and 7:00-7:45 pm in the RHS AUD. We will have a chance to learn from an expert panel of IB adminstrators and teachers, and there will be an opportunity ask and answer questions.
Our Rockford High School Advisory Committee, comprised of teachers, counselors, and administrators, has begun a collaborative effort on multiple lines of effort:
1) Collaboration with all stakeholders
2) Communication and Marketing-Internal and External
3) Teaching & Learning-Scope & Sequence Analysis
4) Teaching & Learning-Common Grading Practices
5) Professional Development-Internal and External
Feedback is a vital component of creating the best possible IB programming at RHS. If you would like to share a comment or question with the RHS IB Advisory Committee, please complete a brief google form by clicking on the link below:
We are committed to creating the best possible learning environment and experience for our students and staff, and we are excited to embark on this journey!
International Baccalaureate programming has something for everyone. All 9th and 10th grade students will eventually particpate in the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Our students will have choices once they reach 11th grade. They may choose to take a few Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) courses and potentially earn college credit. Students may want to participate in the Career Programme (CP), building a foundation for the work world while they take classes at RHS. Finally, students may wish to become diploma candidates. This rigorous option includes advanced level work in six (6) subjects, three (3) SL and three (HL).
The IB Mission Statement will us harness the potential of the learning opportunities associated with IB Programming:
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. (Source https://ibo.org/about-the-ib/mission/)
One way to bring the mission statement to life will be the IB Learner Profile. We will work collaboratively to develop students and staff who are (source https://ibo.org/benefits/learner-profile/):
IB programming will allow students to earn preferred placement at their college or university. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education generated a comparison chart forAdvanced Placement, College in the Schools (CIS), International Baccalaureate (IB), Post-Secondary Education Option (PSEO), and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programming, and you may access this information by clicking the link below:
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has also generated a helpful program comparison. You may access this information by clicking the link below:
We have analyzed "where" RHS graduates have attended college the Fall after they graduate from RHS. Please click on the link below to see how the top 25 colleges attended by RHS graduates process CIS and IB credits. We highly recommend students to contact colleges directly regarding their specific questions about CIS and IB credits to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
Please contact IB Coordinator/Principal on Special Assignment Matthew Scheidler at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Below are helpful links regarding International Baccalaureate programming:
https://ibo.org This link provides information regarding the history, structure, and impact of International Baccalaureate programming.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxriUgsZdFk This video features IB alumni from Champlin Park High School describing how IB helped them prepare for their future.