Kokomo High School is expanding its offerings to give students the option of gaining entrepreneurial skills and an international perspective.
At a regular meeting Monday, the Kokomo School Corp. board of education unanimously approved hiring a teacher for the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program set to launch next school year. KHS principal Mike Sargent also presented the board with a certificate authorizing the high school to offer an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
Both programs provide students with more choices as they prepare for post-secondary success.
What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?
International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable students who have a sense of intercultural understanding and respect that will serve them well in a rapidly globalizing world. Kokomo Schools already offers primary years programs at Sycamore and Lafayette Park elementary international schools and a middle years program for sixth through 10th graders at Central Middle International School and Kokomo High School.
The addition of a diploma program will allow juniors and seniors to continue on the IB track through the end of their high school career. Currently, 30 students are eligible to enter the program in the 2014-15 school year. Kokomo Schools is the second district in the state to offer IB programs K-12.
“In addition to helping our KHS students be even more prepared for the rigor of college, our diploma program students can start college as sophomores,” said Lori Magnuson, coordinator of the IB middle years and diploma programs. “Diploma program students often are recruited and given top priority when applying to major universities. For example, one Big Ten university admissions office seeks DP students because they tell us that is what their college professors want in the classes. In addition, DP students have an opportunity to compete for scholarships at that university for full tuition.”
Becoming authorized for DP was a three-year process that required teachers to receive additional training and professional development. DP courses include research, problem solving and analytical writing, and they build on the community service and character education emphasis started in the earlier IB programs.