Monday, December 26, 2016

District Update: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Huron High School

District Update:
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Huron High School
Statement from Superintendent, Jeanice K. Swift
December 23, 2016
Ann Arbor, MI:
The Ann Arbor Public Schools has recently received exciting communication from the International Baccalaureate Organization congratulating Huron High School on "having become an IB World School offering the Diploma Programme."  

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The Class of 2019, current 10th grade students, will have the opportunity to take the prestigious Diploma Programme (DP) at Huron High School as the first International Baccalaureate cohort commencing their studies in Fall, 2017-18.
International Baccalaureate, the program most often requested over recent years by Ann Arbor parents, students, and community members, is a widely recognized course of study where students participate in rich inquiry learning, achieve proficiency in World Language beginning in Kindergarten, and offer their learning in service to the world, both locally and globally. In achieving this exciting milestone, the Ann Arbor Public Schools will be one of only two districts in Michigan offering a full continuum PreK-12th grade International Baccalaureate opportunity at Mitchell Elementary, Scarlett Middle, and Huron High School. 

  • Choices:
    • 26 Diploma Programme courses
    • More choice than any other IB program in Michigan
    • Multiple pathways in order to achieve the full IB diploma
    • Students can choose to take single DP courses (instead of full diploma)
    • Students can achieve the full IB diploma or take single DP courses
    • An elite program that is not elitist...there is a fit for everyone
  • Sports: the ability to play for 42 different sports teams
  • Music: The chance to be a part of Huron's Grammy©-Winning Music Program
  • Clubs: The ability to participate in 67 Huron Clubs
  • Support: A program design that builds in support for students
  • Excellence:
    • A history of success with a wide variety of students
    • Currently recognized as #2 high school in Michigan by
You may learn more about International Baccalaureate Programs in the Ann Arbor Public Schools by contacting Mr. Kevin Karr at: karrk@a2schools or at these upcoming events:
Primary Years Programme (candidate) at Mitchell
  • January 24 - Learn about IB at Mitchell Information Night, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
  • February 21 - Kindergarten Round Up at Mitchell Elementary School, 6-7:30 PM
Middle Years Programme (candidate) at Scarlett and Huron
  • January 11 - Personal Project Information Night at Huron High School
    • Current 10th graders, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
    • Current 9th graders, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
  • January 12 - Learn About IB at Scarlett Information Night, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
  • February 2 - Incoming 9th Grade Orientation at Huron High School, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Diploma Programme at Huron
  • January 18 - Diploma Programme Enrollment at Huron High School, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Update for IB Community Advisory - Late Fall 2016 Update

Dear IB Community Advisory Members,

Thank to you those who were able to attend the IB Community Advisory coffee hour this morning.  I enjoyed the conversation and receiving your questions very much.  It was great to connect and share - face to face - about the fabulous work of IB teachers in the Mitchell, Scarlett and Huron pathway this fall.  Something special is developing for sure!

In a nutshell, it was important to me to share with you the attached information (the same information I will use as a basis for an update for Dr. Swift's Community Blue Ribbon Committee this Friday).  Please check out the attached slides if you have time.

I realize that the morning format from today not work for everyone, but it did work for some who were not able to attend the afternoon meetings last a little balance.  We can try an afternoon again next time.  I will always share information electronically which I know many of you prefer.

If you have questions or would like to meet for an afternoon coffee sometime soon, please let me know.


Cc: IB Pathway Teachers and Admins

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Scarlett Middle School Ranks High In Michigan Again This Year

Scarlett Middle School ranked #42 out of 520 middle schools in Mich. Come for a visit! Scarlett Nation A2 Public Schools

More information at:

Friday, December 2, 2016

Huron IB Diploma Programme Events - 12/8/16 and 1/18/17

Dear Ann Arbor Public Schools Community,

As part of launching the IB Diploma Programme (DP) at Huron for the fall of 2017, two parent/family transitional events are approaching.  I hope you'll help to spread the word.

1. Thursday, 12/8 @ 6:30 PM - IB Diploma Informational Night for current 9th and 10th grade parents/families to become familiar with the basics about Diploma Programme including the unique IB Theory of Knowledge course.  More details at:

2. Wednesday, 1/18 @ 6 PM - IB Diploma Registration Night for current 10th grade parents/families to learn about the 27 DP courses being offered at Huron (the most DP choices available in Michigan) beginning the fall of 2017. More details at:

If you have questions or would like more information, please email me or the Ann Arbor IB website is a good place to go:

Thank you.
Kevin Karr

Twitter:  @A2_IB