Internationally recognized academic program helps Tates Creek students excel

11/08/2014 09:26 AM

LEXINGTON — One of the biggest challenges school systems face today is how to prepare students for an ever changing global society.

In Fayette County, Tates Creek High School has implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for highly motivated students.

The program is designed to push learners to develop their own curiosity, exercise initiative and express ideas and information confidently and creatively.

“I’m kind of one of those people who like to do multiple things,” said Tates Creek senior Emily Ranseen. “I’ve always liked science and math and English and reading and everything, so, when I heard there was a program that could let me do all of those things and at such a high level, I really felt like that I was being challenged.”

“We have seen a huge benefit of our students being part of the IB Diploma program because there’s a huge emphasis on analytical writing, critical thinking and oral presentation,” said Delores Minor, who is the IB coordinator at Tates Creek. “So, all of those skills assist those students in just performing overall.”

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program was created in 1968, and designed for highly motivated secondary school students between 16 and 19. It was born of efforts to establish a common curriculum and university entry credentials for students moving from one country to another.

Covington Holmes, along with Atherton and Sacred Heart in Louisville are the other three Kentucky high schools which have an IB program.

Two elementary schools, Young Elementary in Jefferson County and Deer Park in Daviess County, have Primary Years programs.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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