On Wednesday, the International Baccalaureate notified Westlake City Schools that all four of the district’s elementary schools (Bassett, Dover, Hilliard, and Holly Lane) have achieved IB World School status. The occasion marks yet another success for a district that continues to be among the very best in Ohio.
“We are extremely proud of our teachers and students, and the great things happening at Westlake Schools,” said Superintendent Geoff Palmer. “The programming required to reach World School status is very rigorous. This is a testament to the motivation and professionalism of our excellent teaching staff and the hard work of our students.”
The schools have been in pursuit of World School status since they began the International Baccalaureate (IB) accreditation process in 2012. In reaching World School status, the district’s elementary schools will join an elite group of Ohio schools approved for the IB Primary Years Programme—there were only 21 member schools in 2014-15. For school board member Carol Winter, reaching World School status is the result of the district’s formula for success.
“It starts with high-quality, experienced teaching, which is why 83% of our teachers have at least a Master’s degree—that puts our teachers in the top 3% in the state,” said Winter. “We make sure our students have what they need to succeed. The investment we make in their instruction is paying off!”
Westlake Schools has long been among the best in Ohio, but according to Superintendent Palmer, it is the district’s forward thinking and planning that will keep them there.
“Sound financial planning and decision-making helps us provide the resources our students need,” said Palmer. “The International Baccalaureate programme gives our students the adaptive skills colleges and employers want, such as critical thinking, socialization, communication, and research.”
To learn more about Westlake City Schools and their International Baccalaureate program contact the district office at 440-871-7300.