Dooley Elementary School has gained authorization to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, bringing the rigorous, internationally recognized college preparatory system to the North Long Beach school.
Dooley’s new program will help to prepare students for challenging middle school and high school work.
Like Advanced Placement courses, IB high school courses are rigorous college prep classes honored at the best universities worldwide as indicative of outstanding academic training. IB students learn a second language and the skills to live and work internationally.
Before authorizing the program, IB officials analyze the school’s existing resources and visit the campus. Teachers and the principal receive IB-coordinated training.
Long Beach first began offering IB in 1992 at Jordan High School, where students can earn the International Diploma, a designation that is recognized by the world’s leading universities. LBUSD’s Hudson K-8 School began offering IB in 2008, and Lindsey Academy (grades 6-8) earned the designation last fall.
The International Baccalaureate Organization was established in the 1960s to provide curriculum for children of ambassadors worldwide so they might receive uniform, high-quality preparation for college. IB has since grown and has been offered at selected public and private schools in 140 countries.