The International Baccalaureate program at Mira Loma is part of the International Baccalaureate Organization's world-wide system of schools. The IBO's mission statement clearly indicates the philosophical approach of all IB schools:
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. (www.ibo.org)
The IBO offers three distinct programs: Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Years. At Mira Loma we offer both the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP).
The International Studies (IS) Program is an interdisciplinary, humanities-based program of specialized, rigorous coursework meeting a-g college/university admission requirements. The IS Program at Mira Loma High School currently serves between 250-300 students. Graduates from the International Studies Program collectively contribute over 8,000 hours of service in the Sacramento community annually.
Celebrating years of humanities-based academic rigor, intercultural exploration, and community service achievement.
The International Passport program is designed to meet the needs of students who have not been successful in school. The Passport students might be struggling with learning English as their second language. They might have learning disabilities. There may have been circumstances that caused them to fall behind in their academics. They might have had attendance or behavioral problems that put them academically behind their peers.
The one thing that all Passport students have in common is a need for a little extra support and attention so that they can be successful at Mira Loma High School.
The four main goals of the Passport program are to provide support for students, to give them a sense of belonging, to give them access to full opportunities at Mira Loma and to advocate for them on campus.
The Special Education Program currently has over 130 students served by seven different case managers. Students exhibit a range of disabilities from mild to severe.
Many students are mainstreamed in a variety of general education classes. The goal for most students in Special Education is to give them access to the general education curricula at grade level. In the majority of classes the students are using Common Core State Standards in academic and elective classes.
Special Education teachers are highly qualified in various subject areas. Case managers plan schedules to ensure their students are enrolled in all of the necessary classes at each grade level in order to progress toward graduation.
Many Special Education students participate in the Passport Program where they receive support and work on classroom assignments. They have access to the library, research materials, and computers. Students monitor their grades, attendance and classroom assignments on a regular basis. They interact with peers and collaborate on presentations and projects.
Students are required to use planners which are checked daily. If a student begins to encounter failure in mainstream classes, despite collaborative teacher efforts and after exhausting all necessary modifications and accommodations, the case manager will withdraw the student through the IEP process.
A major focus of all case managers is the creation and implementation of their students’ Transition Plan. The transition can include young adult center, community, college, career, job corps, military, Department of Rehabilitation, tech school and four-year universities.