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History of IB at Robbinsdale Area Schools

The IB Diploma Programme at Robbinsdale Cooper High School offered its first “IBPrep” classes in the fall of 1998. In 1999, Sandburg Middle School initiated the IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP).  Sandburg, in partnership with Robbinsdale Cooper High School, became the first of four authorized MYPs in Minnesota and was officially authorized as an “IB World School” in 2004.  

In the fall of 2006, Lakeview Elementary School began the process of implementing the Primary Years Programme (IBPYP.)  PYP encourages student learning through inquiry and questioning, and provides a framework for students to strive to be global citizens and critical thinkers.  As part of the program, all students receive classes in Spanish language and culture. Lakeview Elementary became an authorized IB Primary Years Programme School in spring 2010. 

With the closing of Sandburg Middle School at the end of the 2008-09 school year, IBMYP transferred to Robbinsdale Middle School (RMS) and has become a whole-school program with an honors level at each grade.

All students are IBMYP students in grades 6-8  at Robbinsdale Middle School and in grades 9-10 at Robbinsdale Cooper High School.   Students choose to continue with the Diploma Programme in grades 11-12 at Robbinsdale Cooper High School.  

IBO History
1968 - Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme was created in English and French by teachers at the International School of Geneva with increasing assistance from several other international schools. The program that led to the diploma consisted of a common pre-university curriculum and a common set of external examinations for students in schools throughout the world.

The Diploma Programme sought to provide students with a truly international education—an education that encouraged an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, languages and points of view. 

1994 - Middle Years Programme and Primary Years Programme

To give younger students access to an IB education, in 1994 the IB added the Middle Years Programme (MYP), a curriculum for students aged 11-16, and in 1997 it adopted the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3-11.  As with the Diploma Programme, the MYP and PYP seek to provide students with an international perspective and critical thinking skills.

2008 – The IB celebrates 40 years!
28 October 2008 marks 40 years since the official founding of the IB Organization in 1968.