SOMERS, N.Y.-The Somers Board of Education has given its support to Somers Middle School to move forward with implementing the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. 

The Middle Years Program is an extension of the International Baccalaureate Program that started at the high school this year. 

Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch, middle school Principal Jeff Getman, and Assistant Principal Jennifer Spirelli presented the findings of a months-long feasibility study to the school board on Monday, Jan. 22. The study was conducted by teams of middle school teachers, who were tasked with determining whether the Middle Years Program was a good fit for the school, and vice versa.

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“The unique academic rigor of the Middle Years Program and the emphasis on students’ personal development is a natural fit with the district’s mission to educate the whole child,” said Getman. “The Middle Years Program is a framework within which we can instill a sense of global citizenship, develop social, emotional and physical wellness, and impart 21st century knowledge and skills.”

Like it’s high school counterpart, the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program emphasizes intellectual challenge. The program encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, seeking to prepare them for success in further study and in life.

A Middle Years Program coordinator will be chosen for the middle school this spring, and staff will begin training next year. The goal is to implement the program in the 2020-2021 school year.