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Caleb Greenwood Elementary gets IB certification

Nico Hales, center, and other first-grade students listen to designer Dennis Wille at Caleb Greenwood School in Sacramento about their ideas for playground equipment in 2013. The school has been officially certified as an International Baccalaureate program.
Nico Hales, center, and other first-grade students listen to designer Dennis Wille at Caleb Greenwood School in Sacramento about their ideas for playground equipment in 2013. The school has been officially certified as an International Baccalaureate program. Sacramento Bee file

Caleb Greenwood Elementary School has been certified as an International Baccalaureate primary grades program, moving Sacramento City Unified a step closer to offering the prestigious academic program across an entire K-12 education track.

Caleb Greenwood has been an IB Primary Years candidate school since 2013. As a full-fledged provider, the River Park campus joins a small but growing number of authorized primary schools in the Sacramento region.

“It’s not easy to meet IB’s high standards for curriculum, instruction and school climate,” Superintendent José Banda said in a prepared statement. “I congratulate the Caleb community for working so hard to bring this program to our students and families.”

Mary Hardin Young, area assistant superintendent for the district, said the IB program takes an inquiry-based approach to learning that seeks to produce students who excel on many levels, including the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively, to gain understanding based on the pursuit of information, to be principled, open-minded, caring, balanced, reflective and to take risks.

Kit Carson Middle School in East Sacramento, less than 2 miles south of Greenwood, is a candidate school for an IB Middle Years Program from seventh through 10th grades. District officials say the school plans to seek IB authorization next fall.

Kit Carson will be a candidate school for the IB Diploma Program, grades 11 and 12, in the coming academic year. The district already offers an IB Diploma Program at Luther Burbank High School in south Sacramento.

Caleb Greenwood is the fourth elementary school in the Sacramento region to achieve IB authorization status. The others are Thomas Kelly Elementary in Carmichael, Sierra Elementary in Rocklin and H. Clarke Powers Elementary in Loomis. In Natomas Unified, H. Allen Hight Elementary in Sacramento is a primary grades IB candidate.

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