Warren T. Eich Middle School in Roseville has become an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program candidate, an initial step in a rigorous process to become certified.
Students in the IB program study at least two languages, as well as humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In their final year, they also pursue an individual project that shows development of skills and understanding, according to the International Baccalaureate Web site, www.ibo.org.
Krista Bernasconi, spokeswoman for the school, said other schools in Placer County offer an IB program for select students. But Eich will establish an IB focus starting in fall 2013 for its entire enrollment. At the same time, the campus will expand its seventh- and eighth-grade student body to include sixth graders and, she said, become the county's only stand-alone middle school to offer an IB program.
Eich Middle School, part of the Roseville City School District, will remain in the candidate phase for up to three years before being certified. The duration will depend on the training and preparedness of teachers and the courses offered, according to Bernasconi.
By summer's end, 70 percent of the teachers are to be trained in IB philosophies, Bernasconi said.
In the Roseville Joint Union High School District, Oakmont and Granite Bay offer a high school IB program.