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As an introduction to the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) program, Melissa ISD will offer a series of informational meetings for parents and guardians. Led by the Teaching and Learning department, each presentation will last approximately 40 minutes, with a Q&A session to follow.

Upcoming IB Meetings

Click here to open a flyer that outlines our series of introductory IB meetings. The meetings are also listed on our events calendar.

overview of upcoming IB meetings

About IB at Melissa Schools

The development of the IB program at Melissa Schools began in February as part of the district’s Vision 2034 strategic planning initiative, which included an IB focus group made up of parents, teachers, and school administrators. Over the last nine months, initial IB training has begun for campus principals, teachers, and counselors.

The IB program will bring forth a shift in an approach to learning and enhanced education for all Melissa ISD students, with little-to-no changes to the overall existing curriculum. With the 2022-2023 school year being Melissa ISD’s “year of consideration” for the IB program, all students entering grades 6-10 next fall will be considered part of the Middle Years Programme.

The goal is for Melissa ISD to become an IB-accredited public school district. This will mean that as early as the 2024-2025 school year, instruction at Melissa Schools will include the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for grades K-5 and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for grades 6-10. Along with the traditional Texas high school diploma and dual credit offerings, students in grades 11-12 will have the opportunity to enter the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and/or the IB Career Programme (CP).

Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend one or more of the upcoming introductory meetings to learn more about the Melissa ISD IB program and the timeline for implementation. In addition, a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding IB will be published online at www.melissaisd.org/ib.

Photo by Melissa High School student photographer, Hallie Hendrickson.

Melissa ISD is a Candidate School* for the IB Middle Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Melissa ISD believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org