Dogwood Elementary School Under Consideration for International Curriculum

by Fatimah Waseem November 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm 20 Comments

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, which offers a trans-disciplinary framework could come to Dogwood Elementary School (12300 State Route 4721) soon.

The school has been named a candidate for the program, effective March 1 2018, according to a new release issued by the school system. According to the program’s website, IB classes aim to nurture and develop students between 3 and 12 into “caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.”

Two years ago, Belvedere Elementary School (6540 Columbia Pike) was the first Fairfax County public school authorized as an IB PYP school.

According to the school system, schools selected to participate in the program are driven by a common vision: a commitment to high-quality, challenging and international education.

The school will receive on-and-off-site consultation from the program. Teachers will have access to IB’s online curriculum center, which includes teaching materials and participation in online forums. Since its introduction in 1997, the program is taught in over 109 countries around the world. Students are encouraged to strengthen their knowledge and skills across and beyond subject areas. Studies are guided by six themes of global significance.

For more information, contact the school’s principal, Mie Devers.

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  • OneReally

    No thanks!

    I feel the IB program in High school is enough. In 5 years you will report how this implementation led to an increase spending that wasn’t forecasted and now FCPS needs more money.

    I have seen this movie before.

    • Mike M

      IB in HS might be too much.

      • OneReally

        Depending on the student your correct. Luckily is an optional diploma.

        Even though every student (at least at SLHS) has to do the IB MYP (middle years program). Its some hostic BS project. 🙂

        You don’t need to be in the diploma track to take some IB courses. My recent graduate took three IB classes his Senior year. It has helped for college.

        Your average student (which I have two) the course work is WAY to much.

        • Mike M

          I mean it’s too much money and too little genuine education. I have experience with it too. I know it has become a game that can be played.
          I also know that it has become a great camouflaged segregation system within the school. So, for example, if you want to get away from the kids who don;t speak English and don;t know enough to care about their future, get into IB or AP classes. “Average” student. Snob, much? By the way, someone already noted it is also hard for people who want to be active in sports or other extracurricular stuff. You know, the stuff that teaches young people the fundamentals of functioning on a team where there is winning and losing? Not immersing them in nonsense about 19th century Latin American politics without ever really teaching them Modern European History or American history without turning it into 1000 reason to hate your country routine. I say just get real, and that means less specialty.

          • OneReally

            you don’t even need IB to get from away kids that aren’t serious about there education. Honors classes does the same thing.

            I would be curious as to your experience cause I don’t think you have alot.

            Did I hit a nerve with the average comment? Were you an average student?

            I was referring to kids (even me) that aren’t A to A+ students. If you struggle in traditional education classes then honors, AP or IB wouldn’t be the place for you.

            I totally forgot everyone is above average in Northern Virginia.

          • Mike M

            “There education.” Please be more careful when bragging about education.

            You struck me as one of those parents who presumes their kid is above average and everyone else’s is not. And yeah, you are presuming that aren’t you snob?

            My view is that we should not waste our money on ever different flavors of dubious education.

            My experience more than two kids through South Lakes. The one who most immersed in IB, totally gamed the system. This kid came out with an unofficial diploma in applied cynicism and BS systems gaming.

          • OneReally

            So if I say my child is an average student meaning gets “Cs” I am a snob?

            The basic product now is ESOL.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    As you read this, remember that FCPS got $2,500,000,000 last year, which is more than half of Fairfax County’s total budget.

    My thoughts: what is FCPS prepared to do without in order to get this program?

    • Greg

      Nothing of course. The FCPS is so engorged with money that it gives its employees TWO pensions when most of us who work to pay them get none.

  • John Farrell

    Thi is a terible idea. Most kids who try IB drop it because the make-work load of homework buries them and precludes other afterschool activites.

    Only 4% of SLHS get a IB dimploma.

    This program is expensive compared to other resources and simply does not address the academic needs of the Dogwood population!

    • Fact

      On the off chance I sound like a scratchy record but SLHS is geared specifically for the NFL.
      Kneeling is not just a genetic disposition but it also can be learned.

  • Jack Ma Jr

    Optimists immerse in Cantonese,
    Pessimists immerse in Mandarin.

    Pick or be left behind.

  • Mike M

    IB is an arrogant, expensive, unnecessary, and Liberally biased joke.

    • Heh

      It is hard to educate to the standards of the 1960s when you don’t have the students of the 1960s. FCPS is 60% non-white, 28% impoverished, 17% English as second language. Good luck turning them into geniuses.

  • TheRealMikeSapupello

    Dogwood? Really? Place is a shit-pit, why even bother…

    • Heh

      Heh heh, they have a 2 rating at greatschools but their exciting IB program might bring them up to a 3 if they try really hard.

  • Anonymous

    Are we really to believe that the IB program is aimed at children “between 3 and 12?” Perhaps some better editing would have said “between GRADES 3 and 12.”

  • Greg

    The FCPS will waste $1 million on renaming a high school (JEB Stuart) and is considering changing the first day of school yet again. And now this IB nonsense?

    Is there no end to the FCPS waste?

  • Tammi Petrine

    Best of luck to Dogwood Elementary on this new program!!! I look forward to learning more details but have great confidence in Dogwood’s exceptional faculty to maximize their students’ opportunities with any extra resources that might be of value. Bravo to all on this exciting news!

  • Greg

    How about teaching kids (in all schools):
    How to source and prepare nutritious meals.
    How to file tax returns.
    How to balance a checkbook.
    How to budget and save money.
    How to successfully invest that saved money.
    How to live within one’s means.
    How to get a job.
    How to maintain fitness throughout life.
    How to drive and follow the rules of the road.

    Not asking for too much here, and all kids will benefit.


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