Academic Programs

 

The Metropolitan School District of Washington Township is a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School K-12 district. Having hosted the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for more than 20 years, the District has extended the International Baccalaureate (IB) to all students, making it the first district-wide IB program in the state of Indiana.

 

The Continuum of Washington Township’s International Baccalaureate Education

 

Primary Years Program (PYP)
Middle Years Program (MYP)
Diploma Program (DP)DP-Eng

• Includes ALL students in grades K-5
• Focuses on developing the whole child inside and outside of the classroom
• Includes ALL students in grades 6-10
• Provides academic challenges that transcend the traditional subject areas
• Requires an application for students in grades 11-12
• Provides a rigorous curriculum internationally recognized by universities
• North Central offers the state’s most established and prestigious IB Diploma Program

 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers a sequence of three high-quality programs of international education. In Washington Township, the Primary Years Program (PYP) serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The Middle Years Program (MYP) serves students in sixth through tenth grade, and the Diploma Program (DP) serves students in eleventh and twelfth grade. The PYP and MYP are school-wide, all-inclusive programs that ALL Washington Township elementary and middle school students receive. Participation in the DP at North Central High School is by student choice and selection is based upon a three-step application process. Historically, in Washington Township the term IB has referred to North Central’s Diploma Program. With the addition of the PYP and MYP in the elementary and middle schools, the term IB now refers to a much larger continuum of education offered in all schools.

 

ai0250_ 0170 All three programs, PYP, MYP, and DP, focus on the development of the whole child, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional, and social growth through the study of languages, humanities, technologies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts. The approaches to teaching and learning are diverse and flexible allowing teachers to meet the individual needs of all students. Teachers stimulate curiosity and foster lifelong learning in all students.
Each program also includes a student-initiated community service component that encourages students to extend their learning beyond the classroom. The service can involve service to their classmates or to the larger local and global community. Through such action, students develop skills such as cooperation, problem-solving, and conflict resolution that encourage thoughtful, active citizenship. Latin Club NO Garden
   

The International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Elementary Schools

A 21st century education includes knowledge of traditional core subject areas as well as a focus on global mindedness, contemporary global awareness, economics, health & environmental understanding. Students need to learn the core subjects and must also apply their knowledge to understanding and solving real-world challenges. This often occurs through the inquiry approach to teaching and learning. Inquiry classrooms address the required state mandated academic content – but these classrooms, through guiding questions from the teacher, help students gain a deeper understanding of concepts.

Director of Elementary Education
Mrs. Kimberly Piper

Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Pam Jenkins
Phone: (317) 205-3332 Ext. 77204 – Fax: (317) 205-3384

All seven Washington Township elementary schools are International Baccalaureate Schools. The Primary Years Program (PYP) benefits ALL students in grades K-5 and focuses on developing the whole child inside and outside of the classroom. The focus is to develop each student as an inquirer, problem solver and a lifelong learner. The core subjects are reading, writing, social studies, math, science, arts, and physical education. All students are exposed weekly to a world language of either Chinese or Spanish. For additional information about PYP, visit: www.ibo.org/pyp/

Middle Schools

The middle years can be a challenge for many students and families, and having a successful middle school experience is critical to establishing a strong foundation for success in high school. As a result, MSDWT has worked diligently to create middle schools that are student-focused and parent-friendly. We offer a rich and rigorous curriculum that is being enhanced further with the implementation of the Middle Years Program (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). All three middle schools focus to develop each student as an inquirer, problem solver and a lifelong learner. In addition, the three middle schools were all recognized nationally as Schools to Watch, which is an award given to only a select number of schools (99) across the country.

Director of Secondary Education
Mr. Rick Doss

Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Pam Jenkins
Phone: (317)205-3332 Ext. 77204 Fax: (317)205-3384

The Middle Years Program (MYP) includes ALL students in grades 6-10 and provides academic challenges that transcend the traditional subject areas. For additional information about MYP, visit: www.ibo.org/myp/

North Central High School

North Central High School continues to be the public high school by which all other high schools in Indiana are measured. Its comprehensive curriculum may be second to none. In addition to having Indiana’s first International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB), North Central is expanding the IB offerings to students in grades nine and ten which will only enhance what is often viewed as the state’s most prestigious IB Diploma Program. The rigorous curriculum extends beyond the IB program in that 26 Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide students with the possibility to earn college credit prior to stepping foot on a college campus. In addition, a rich program for students whose needs may not be met through IB or AP is provided to meet the diverse needs of its students.

Director of Secondary Education
Mr. Rick Doss

Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Pam Jenkins
Phone: (317)205-3332 Ext. 77204 Fax: (317)205-3384

The Middle Years Program (MYP) includes ALL students in grades 6-10 and provides academic challenges that transcend the traditional subject areas. For additional information about MYP, visit: www.ibo.org/myp/

The IB Diploma Program (DP) requires an application for students in grades 11-12 and provides a rigorous curriculum internationally recognized by universities. North Central High School offers the state’s most established and prestigious IB Diploma Program. For more information, visit: http://ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/

J. Everett Light Career Center

The career center provides students from MSDWT, as well as students from twelve other school districts, with an opportunity to connect academics to the real world of work. Students may take advantage of more than 25 different career-technical programs to explore a variety of areas of interest that might provide a jump start to additional course work in this area. More than a thousand students take advantage of this opportunity as well the chance to receive college credit from Ivy Tech State College, IUPUI, and Vincennes University in more than thirteen areas of study.

Continuous Improvement

Washington Township (WT) is committed to a process for continuous improvement that is well-defined and clearly articulated with measurable outcomes. The district acknowledges that our current best approach to improve and sustain student learning and achievement is through systems approach that is inclusive of all entities and levels of our system. The district level, the school level, the division or department level, and the classroom, teacher, and student level must all align their collaborative efforts along with the parents and community in order to achieve high success over time.

 

The Quality Assurance (QA) System is established to create an on-going culture of quality that permeates the district as well as create an institutional memory of the best practices adopted by our School Improvement Teams, Professional Learning Community (PLC) Teams or district improvement program teams.

 

In alignment with the district quality assurance process, WT will implement a process to regularly review progress on program action plans, instruction improvement deployment, and formative assessments results.

 

Click on the presentation below and use the navigation arrows for an overview of our Quality Assurance System: