Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pasco County middle school wins International Baccalaureate approval

It's official. Pine View Middle School in Land O'Lakes is Pasco County's first International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme authorized school.

IB head of authorization Sean Rankin delivered the news in late May, giving Pine View leaders two weeks to accept, which they gladly did.

Principal Jennifer Warren signed the necessary documentation within a day.

The school has worked toward this goal for three years, when the administration and faculty first began exploring the concept, which includes a broader liberal arts curriculum.

Pine View Elementary, which feeds into Pine View Middle, won approval to extend the IB program into K-5 a year ago, creating an IB feeder pattern all the way up to Land O'Lakes High, which started offering the program in 1999.

The model is similar to an effort in east Pasco, where a feeder pattern of San Antonio Elementary, Pasco Middle and Pasco High have adopted the Cambridge model. Paul R. Smith Middle and Anclote High in west Pasco also have begun the Cambridge program, as part of an attempt to lure families to less attended schools through academic (rather than attendance zone) changes.

Pine View Middle has made several alterations to its schedule and curriculum in advance of its formal acceptance into the IB program. That includes becoming a magnet school, so interested students outside the zone also could apply to attend.

Nearly 100 students sought entry into the magnet for the coming year.  Learn more about Pine View's Middle Years Programme here.

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