The teachers at McKinley Elementary have decided to pursue accreditation as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. In so doing, the entire staff has made a commitment to providing a world class education to the students fortunate enough to walk the halls of their school. International Baccalaureate is a rigorous and structured trans-disciplinary approach to learning. With heightened requirements for professional development and teacher collaboration, the staff at McKinley Elementary are knowingly choosing to make student achievement a higher priority than their own comfort and convenience.
Implementation of the International Baccalaureate curriculum will help develop students with international-mindedness. This learner characteristic is prized because it of the way. It teaches students to see the value of diversity, in all its forms. While it helps students develop empathy for those who are different, it allows them to do so while retaining pride in their own identity.