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International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate World Schools

Elk Rapids’ Lakeland Elementary Primary Years Programme

Elk Rapids’ Mill Creek Elementary Primary Years Programme

Elk Rapids’ Cherryland Middle School Middle Years Programme

Kalkaska Middle School Middle Years Programme

Leland Public School Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme

In 2013, TBAISD (now Northwest Education Services) was the recipient of a three-year $3.3 million Kellogg Foundation Grant that has been allocated directly to partnering school districts to implement IB Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes and support planning of an IB Diploma Programme through the 2015-16 school year. Partnering schools include:

  • Elk Rapids Public Schools -  Lakeland and Mill Creek Elementary
  • Kalkaska Public Schools - Elementary and Middle
  • Leland Public School - Elementary and Middle
  • Traverse City Area Public Schools - Traverse Heights Elementary, East/West Middle Schools

In May 2014, each partnering district attained IB Candidacy School Status after the first year of intensive work to align with the IB mission and successful preliminary examination by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

Schools Achieve IB World School Authorization:


For more information contact:

Paul Bauer, Instructional Services Director
Phone: 231.922.6497

IB Mission

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. 

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Objectives

  • Increase access to additional options for school success for all students, especially those most vulnerable.
  • Increase teacher knowledge and support of IB model
  • Increase use of inquiry- and project-based methods in all curriculum
  • Increase teacher civic engagement and "international mindedness"
  • Increase student school engagement and performance (attendance, grades, motivation, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and cooperative learning, extra-curricular involvement)
  • Increase graduation rates and postsecondary success (high school graduation, rate of college acceptance, college scholarships, college retention, college graduation, employment rates)
  • Increase community service and "international mindedness" that is sustained post-graduation.

2010 - Regional focus group discusses IB as part of the TBAISD Grand ReImagine Project

April 2013 - IB grant request submitted

May 2013 - IB grand awarded by WK Kellogg Foundation

June 2013 - State IB consultant presents IB program overview in Traverse City

August 2013 - Regional Coordinator selected to coordinate program implementation

May 2014 - All eleven schools in the cohort receive IB Candidate School Status

June 2014 - State-wide IB workshop in Traverse City attracts over 300 attendees

April 2015 - Homa Tavangar speaks to students and community

January 2016 - Video summary of TBAISD region IB Highlights (Video link below)

Ongoing - Teachers and administrators from across the region attend profesional development through IBO sponsored workshops.

Growing Up Global
Homa Tavangar ~ May 2015