Gordon Parks Academy recently received authorization as an International Baccalaureate World School Middle Years Programme. Gordon Parks is the only school in Kansas with the IB Middle Years Programme authorization. The school celebrated their accomplishment with families and the community during a fine arts performance on November 18 to showcase the talents of the middle school students.
The school went through a rigorous application and staff development process with the International Baccalaureate Organization for the past two years to earn the prestigious distinction.
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum and concepts have been delivered to all students who attended the school since the school opened in 2008. The MYP uses the district’s curriculum to create real-world connections and encourages students to become critical and reflective thinkers. The teaching philosophies, frameworks and core beliefs focus on developing skills, attitudes and beliefs that prepare students to be successful 21st Century learners. The IB MYP is designed to help students find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning.
Gordon Parks Academy is still a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme.