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Overland Trail Middle receives IB World School accreditation

27J Schools is proud to announce that, after a three-year candidacy process, Overland Trail Middle School (OTMS) has been awarded International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School accreditation.

International Baccalaureate® programmes challenge students to excel in their studies, and encourage both personal and academic achievement. Each of the IB’s programs is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile. The profile aims to develop learners who are: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.

The IB accreditation process is intense and thorough. Over the past three years, OTMS was required to meet seventy-three IB standards and practices, and have staff participate in various IB training programs.

“One of the benefits of the IB programme is that it makes you get organized as a school to meet best practices,” said Overland Trail Middle Principal Eric Lambright. “The program provides the tools to develop curious, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.”

In 2015, Northeast Elementary became the first 27J school to receive IB accreditation. Students from Northeast will matriculate to Overland Trail Middle thus continuing their IB educational experience. This seamless transition will strengthen the delivery of the IB program through collaboration, aligning best practices and procedures, and develop consistency between leaders and educators at each school.

Funds from the 2015 bond program were used to build an IB collaborative wing at Overland Trail Middle and a shared outdoor learning space for students from both Northeast Elementary and Overland Trail Middle. These spaces encourage students to think independently, become more culturally aware, and follow their passions.