Since it is the new model in Denver School, the high school freshmen along with the ongoing students will have the flexibility to enroll in IB classes, without filling out any special applications, interviews or present high test scores.
It has been confirmed by officials that the “IB for all” model will be commenced from the coming fall, especially in August 2015 when new Northfield High School will open in Stapleton as open-enrollment public school for all.
Interested students will have the choice to select the school of their desire; however the school they will select must open with just a freshman class and at least have 35 reserved seats for students from nearby Green Valley Ranch and Montbello.
The new IB model is basically inspired from the flourishing trend which is dedicated towards making once-selective programs accessible to a large number of students and that are totally different from segregating programs taught in schools in favor of cohesive school models.
The founding principle of Northfield, Avi Tropper said, “Northfield High School is the comprehensive school of United States and hence it aims to provide quality and rigorous education to all its students”. He further added, “IB program are already into existence and in some ways, the IB Programs are reckoned as the inclusive school model.”
Denver Public School has been in conversations and focusing towards opening pre-IB classes in this coming fall for its 9th and 10th graders at George Washington High School.
Chief School Officer, Susana Cordova stated that, “The authorities are looking forward to move beyond artificial barriers and hence they are about to introduce precise courses for all students and one such course is IB diploma programs”. Cordova further added, “For Denver Public School, it is always a best opportunity to have Northfield as the new option for families fits in with current work”.
There are three middle schools in the region of Fort Collins where “IB for all” classes are offered along with Middle Years Program curriculum.
Principle at Lesher Middle School near downtown Fort Collins, Tom Dodd stated that, “There will be a great impact in the culture of the school when the authorities will allow some kids to opt for the program, while preventing some from it”.
He said, “Why limit some students from IB program and IB Philosophy and its benefits? Why chances are not given to all students to avail the IB program?”
At Fort Collins, the IB classes are offered by Poudre High School and students at this school need to apply separately for admission. The IB coordinator and Assistant Principle of Poudre High School said, “To offer such programs lots of things need to be considered and lots of implications are required”. Further added, “Diploma level courses are like college-level program and it can’t be considered as the route that everyone must opt for, so every student must be mentally prepared for the same and not every student should prefer enrolling for that program.”
To make the program more attractive and to compel students to make their focus area at Northfield, the school authorities are planning to apply for more creative status so that students can have longer school day, allowing them for more time for electives, including physical course every day and weeklong seminars twice a year.
Tropper finally added, “There will be a wide array of choice for students with IB classes and every students will get the opportunity to succeed here.”