IB Programme Opens World of Opportunity for APS Students

Photo courtesy Joanelle Nuñez.

Aurora Public Schools is committed to providing all students with rigorous learning opportunities that better prepare them for life after high school. For years, the International Baccalaureate Programme has helped do just that, and today, IB continues to thrive in APS.

IB offers students high-quality educational programs focused on developing their intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to flourish in a rapidly globalizing world. Joanelle Nuñez, an IB coordinator at Gateway High School who helped usher the program into the school, believes it gives students the confidence needed to accomplish whatever they set out to do in life.

“Students can perform; you just have to challenge them,” Nuñez said. “If you push them further and further, they’re able to reach those places.”

Six APS schools in elementary through high school offer the IB Programme. However, Gateway’s structure is unique, as all incoming freshmen and sophomores are placed into IB’s Middle Years Programme. Under MYP, classes are taught within the IB framework, giving students a glimpse at what the full Diploma Programme would look like. At that point, students can decide to pursue an IB diploma or simply take a few IB courses during their junior and senior years, and by passing the assessments, students can earn college credit.

IB is meeting the needs of highly motivated students throughout APS, leading to a qualification that is recognized by universities across the world. Locally, earning an IB diploma can provide students with a minimum of 24 hours of college credit at any university in Colorado. It is just one example of how students are earning credentials in alignment with the district's strategic plan, APS 2020: Shaping the Future

Click here to read a few Gateway High School student testimonials. 


APS 2020: Shaping the Future - Goal 3:
-Every student will have credentials that open doors.