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School district meeting to broach new elementary school programs

Reid Williams

SUMMIT COUNTY – School administrators are proposing two new programs to offer greater academic rigor in Summit County elementary schools but are hoping parents will help them decide whether to implement either.

School district staff will host a presentation with representatives from the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and Core Knowledge. The meeting will outline both programs and provide time for parents to answer questions. The meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Oct. 6, at the Summit Middle School auditorium in Frisco.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program focuses on whole-student development. The curriculum addresses social, physical, emotional and cultural aspects, in addition to traditional academic areas. For example, IB students begin learning foreign languages earlier than traditional students and take part in more service activities. The middle school currently has an IB program which will extend to the high school as students move on.

Core Knowledge is a detailed program for kindergarten through eighth grade focusing on language arts, history (American and world), geography, music, visual arts, mathematics, and science. The philosophy of the program is that students’ primary years should focus on a common, solid foundation, building year-to-year.

“We are really looking for parent and community involvement in this decision,” Superintendent Lynn Spampinato said in a press release. “We will not be making any major changes to our teaching methods without input from the community.”

School district teachers will learn about the programs earlier in the day as part of a professional development seminar. Students will not be in school Oct. 6.


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