2014-15: Consideration
The first phase of the process to become an authorized IB World School is the “consideration phase” (which will be during the 2014-15 school year).  During this period all aspects of the International Baccalaureate program are investigated and analyzed for a match between the school and the requirements and philosophy of the IB program. During this time, staff begins to participate in IB professional development and an action plan is developed to ensure successful implementation.

2015-17: Candidacy
At the end of the consideration phase, schools will apply for the second phase in becoming IB World Schools - the “candidacy phase”. During candidacy (expected to be the 2015-17 school years), schools continue IB professional development, work with an IB consultant, develop curriculum, and the action plan for the school is further developed.  The candidacy work results in the development of documents that support the school’s readiness to become an IB World School. The documents become part of schools “application for authorization” which is typically submitted at the beginning of the third year of work to become an IB World School.

The third phase (expected to be early in 2017) is a time marked  schools preparing for the IB verification visit to determine if the school’s work has led it to being ready to become an IB World School.  If successful, the verification visit leads to schools becoming “authorized” IB World Schools. 

The Ann Arbor Public Schools anticipates Mitchell, Scarlett, and Huron to be a fully authorized K-12 IB pathway of schools at the end of this three year process.  

note: Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (ibo.org) may offer any of its academic programs:  the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives not guarantee that authorization will be granted.