Los Angeles IB Schools In Trouble Despite Excellence

Friday, August 17, 2012 — International Baccalaureate programs throughout California not only prepare students for the rigors of university, but they also create the workforce that California needs to compete in a global economy. IB students graduate with credits towards college classes, and also graduate with powerful critical thinking skills, a holistic approach to education, and an international focus that prepares them to lead California's globalized information economy.

However, California's IB programs are in trouble because they are the first to be threatened by cuts to California's K-12 education funding. Parents, teachers and administrators struggle to pay for the $20,000 to $50,000 per year required for teacher training, materials, and exam fees. Without these, the programs could lose their IB certification.

Statewide Awareness Campaign

The California Association of IB World Schools is launching a statewide public awareness and fundraising campaign to support teachers, parents and administrators at school sites throughout California. This campaign will enable those IB supporters to more effectively secure funds that will keep their programs going strong.

The amount of funding needed to support each IB program is $20,000 to $50,000 per year, funding that the state used to provide but that is now falling on the shoulders of parents, teachers, students and administrators.

Please view the videos below and read on to help increase understanding about the challenges IB faces and the promise it provides.

Facts About California IB Programs

IB programs are not just for students in affluent schools, but are accessible to all students whether their parents are lawyers or laborers. In fact, 57 percent of IB programs in California are housed at socioeconomically disadvantaged schools where more than 30 percent of students qualify for free or reduced price lunches.

Those socioeconomically disadvantaged students benefit from access to a program that helps them achieve academic excellence. IB is like Advanced Placement programs in that the courses are rigorous and can help students gain college credit before they graduate high school.

However, IB is unique in that it incorporates art, science, community service, critical thinking and physical education in a way that few California public schools reliably provide in these times of severe budget cuts. If it weren't for extensive grant writing and fundraisers like ice cream socials and bake sales, then these IB programs would not be able to pay for the teacher training and other expenses that make that holistic, advanced program possible.

With public support, the IB program can continue to create excellent California public schools and can expand the number of programs in the state.

US News and World Report recently ranked 58 percent of the California high schools that have IB programs among the top 400 high schools nationwide. It also showed that 86 percent of California high schools with IB programs scored above the nationwide median for college readiness, 16.3 on a 100-point index.

The California Association of IB World Schools and its communications team, PRx Digital, can provide contacts and sources at local schools in any region of California, including IB graduates, current students, teachers, parents, administrators and California Association of IB World Schools board members.

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