Rockford High School's journey to "Becoming an IB School" is featured on the Minnesota Association of International Baccalaureate (MNIB) schools' website. The episodes include conversations with RHS parent Maris Ehlers, RHS teacher Ben Pennings, IB alumni from Robbinsdale Cooper High School, parents of IB alumni from Robbinsdale Cooper High School, MNIB Executive Director Jon Peterson, interim Principal Paul Menard, and IB Programme Administrator Matthew Scheidler. You may access each episode by clicking here
We are honored that Rockford High School has been named an International Baccalaureate candidate school. This is a world-class program that will be available to every Rockford student, giving our kids a competitive advantage as they graduate and enter a global workforce.
Rockford High School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy — a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. For further information about the IB and its programmes, you may access the International Baccalaureate Orgnaization website by clicking here
Introduction to International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes:
We have had several conversations with students, staff, and families, and in our effort to be responsive and supportive, we have included an introductory section for each of the three (3) programmes we are seeking to become authorized at Rockford High School.
What is an IB Education? (All Grades)
This video is six (6) minutes in length and provides an excellent overview of IB education. Please click here
Middle Years Programme (Grades 9-10)
"What is the MYP?" by IBO.org includes information, videos, brochures, and data related to MYP. Please click here
Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12)
"What is the DP?" by IBO.org includes information, videos, brochures, and data related to DP. Please click here
Career-related Programme (Grades 11-12)
"What is the CP?" by IBO.org includes information, videos, brochures, and data related to CP. Please click here
How do Colleges/Universities view IB credits? RHS Students, staff, and families are interested in how post-secondary institutions view IB credits. We have conducted an analysis of the Top 25 colleges attended by RHS graduates (classes of 2007-2017), and we created a side-by-side comparison of how these colleges/universities accept both College in the Schools (CIS) and IB credits. You may access the link here
Frequently Asked Questions: We are grateful for the numerous questions on a wide array of topics. Our stakeholders include students, staff, families, and Rockford Area Schools community members. Our goal is to update this evolving document, including the questions we have received from our stakeholders. Please click here for the FAQ page.
IB Acronyms: There are numerous acronyms associated with the Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP), and Career-related Programme (CP). Please see a few resources in the links below:
15 IB Terms parents need to know from IBO.org available here
What is the IB Diploma? Ten stories for parents and students new to IB available here
IBO.org Glossary of Terms available here
Douglas County School District IB acronym page available here
Coral Gables (FL) High School "IB Acronyms-What Do They All Mean?" page available here
In October of 2018, Rockford High School and partner Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) school received one of four school districts to receive a federally funded Magnet School Assistance Program grant. RHS will utilize this grant money to pursue IB candidacy. The financial resources provided by the grant will support professional development, increased access to technology, curricular materials, coordination, and communication.
The Rockford Area Schools experience is unique, and it prepares students for a lifetime of learning. Our students benefit from a fine arts program in elementary school and a STEM focus in middle school. Adding an IB program at the high school level extends that RAS experience from kindergarten through graduation day.
To learn more about IB implementation at Rockford High School:
● Contact IB Programme Administrator Matthew Scheidler at email@example.com
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.