TRAVERSE CITY — Kalkaska Middle School this week joined a growing list of schools officially authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School.
Three years of alignment with the IB curriculum was rewarded Thursday afternoon as the school became the third in the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District to earn the distinction.
“Many opportunities students will be awarded through this rigorous, international program,” said Kalkaska Public Schools Superintendent Karen Sherwood in a release.
IB aims to increase engagement in learning, and focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer — both within and beyond the classroom, according to the IB organization’s website.
The initiative to expand IB in northern Michigan was supported by a regional project coordinated by the ISD through grant funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Elk Rapids and Leland elementary and middle schools also earned authorization this year.