Wilbur McMahon School explores International Baccalaureate Program to provide middle school students with new ways to develop critical and creative thinking skills
Seeking new ways to help Little Compton middle school students become creative, critical and reflective thinkers so they are better equipped to make connections between what they are learning and the world around them, a collaborative effort to research bringing the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program to Wilbur McMahon School has begun. Through four site visits over the past year by Little Compton School administrators, school committee members, teachers and parents to the Provincetown Public School District, our district representatives are impressed by what they see in place at the Massachusetts public school.
Emphasizing intellectual challenge, academic rigor and each student’s personal development, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life.
To implement the Middle Years Program, the next step is to submit an application and successfully complete an authorization process. During this process, IB consultants support the school in building the understanding and organizational structure needed to implement the Middle Years Program. Once authorized, Wilbur McMahon would become an IB World School -- the only public school in Rhode Island to hold that distinction!
With a reputation for being a "school on the move" with dedicated faculty and staff and highly-engaged families, Wilbur McMahon most recently was classified as a school in the top 25 percent in the state based on the 2018 Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System results. Residents of neighboring towns have also taken notice and have opted to send their children to Wilbur McMahon as out-of-district tuition students for $6,000 per year.