Congratulations, McKinley Cougars, and thank you to all McKinley students, families, and staff or making
our school so wonderful! Over the summer, we were authorized by the International Baccalaureate
Organization as an IB World School! We hope you celebrate this great accomplishment and show your
pride for McKinley!

McKinley, one of the three main feeder schools for Roosevelt IB Middle School, embarked on their journey to IB authorization about 4 years ago with the end goal being to receive authorization as an IB World School. Our school was visited by an evaluation team from the IB Organization in December 2009 to see if our school’s program aligned with the set guidelines of the IBO. After several months, we received official authorization in July 2010.

The IB Primary Years Programme aims to develop students who are internationally minded. Through rigorous academic curriculum, students gain the skills necessary to become outstanding citizens of a global community. The guided inquiry-based curriculum, which is also California content standards-based, helps children develop their understanding of the world around them by learning about big ideas that have global significance. Students exit the Primary Years Programme with an introduction to a second language, a set of skills and knowledge to continue in their learning of the world around them, and the attitudes necessary to be internationally-minded. For more information about the IB Program, check the website at:

For more information, contact McKinley’s IB Coordinator, Julie Cheesman at

McKinley Cougars Rock!