The International Baccalaureate Program (IBDP)

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Prepa Tec Los Angeles High School (PTLAHS) is a applicant school for the IB Diploma Programme/Program (IBDP). PTLAHS is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. Applicant Schools are schools that share a common philosophy — a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that PTLAHS believes is important for our students.

International Baccalaureate

PTLAHS will provide a comprehensive course of study offering high school students two pathways to graduation.  All students in grades 9 and 10 will study under the IB Middle Years Program (IBMYP).  As students successfully matriculate to grade 11, they will have the option of continuing their IB coursework under the more rigorous IB Diploma Programme/Program (IBDP) or electing to continue in the College Preparatory/Advanced Placement pathway which may include students taking IB course in areas of strength; working toward a high school diploma and college readiness without full participation in the IB Program.

PTLAHS charter petition, the International Baccalaureate Program is customized to our unique population.  Students matriculating from our Prepa Tec Middle School will have experience in the IBMYP and continue the International Baccalaureate’s philosophical approach to their course of study.  Students new to International Baccalaureate will learn to integrate International Baccalaureate strategies into their existing standards-based repertoire. Low-achieving students will have the support of our 3-tiered response to intervention, including individualized instruction, bi-monthly formative assessments, individualized learning plans and tutoring.

English Learner (EL) students will be served by full inclusion in the classroom with small group and individual customization in the classroom and through the after school program. In addition to mandatory compliance of monitoring and supporting students for 3 years after reclassification, students are monitored and supported on an on-going basis. An estimated 92.8% of our students will be Free and Reduced Lunch Program-eligible and nearly 44.1% EL, accordingly our program is designed to address and support students who may be “at risk” and in need of intervention.  Our charter is aligned to Common Core State Standards and will use strategies such as early detection, family communication, teacher collaboration, focused instruction, direct intervention, ongoing assessment, and an authentic commitment to each individual student in our small school environment.

PTLAHS proposes to expand the successful International Baccalaureate Programs already offered by APS—the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program at Academia Moderna, and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Prepa Tec Middle School.  PTLAHS would offer pathways for its students, as illustrated in Figure 1.1 below.  The College Preparatory Pathway, which all students would automatically be placed into in 9th Grade or upon transfer to PTLAHS, and which builds upon the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program.  These pathways allows students to complete the “A” to “G” courses approved by the University of California and the California State University, as well as enroll in Advanced Placement (“AP”) courses, as part of the students’ graduation requirements.

 

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