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International Baccalaureate (IB) Expo at International School of LA

Ever wondered what the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme is? Considering an alternate curriculum for high school?

Wonder no more and look no further. This informational session on Saturday, October 26 from 2:00pm-4:00pm will help you uncover all the secrets of the IB® Diploma Programme.

You will find out what it takes to become an IB learner and what it means to develop the 10 IB learner attributes. You will learn why the IB® Diploma Programme is a sought-after credential at top universities all around the globe. You will uncover how it prepares you to become a successful college student and a lifelong learner. You will discover the benefits of an international mindset and how the IB® Diploma Programme is complemented with a language-focused course of study.

Incoming high school freshmen are encouraged to attend with their parents.

For free registration, please visit https://ib-info-session.eventbrite.com/.

St. John Paul II Academy Will Replace Bell-Jeff High in 2019

After 74 years, Bellarmine-Jefferson High School has officially closed its doors. However, the building will soon take on a new life as “St. John Paul II STEM Academy at Bellarmine-Jefferson” starting August 2019.

Kevin Baxter, superintendent of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, revealed the plans last Tuesday when he announced the hiring of founding director, Jeff Hilger.

The Academy will incorporate STEM, a curriculum that includes science, technology, engineering, and math.

Most classes will be co-educational but there will also be some gender-specific courses. According to research, Baxter claims single-gender learning can be a more effective way of teaching in some subjects.

Although there will not be any major remodels to the campus over the next year, maintenance upgrades will be made along with some aesthetic redesigns.

Hilger also hopes to add an engineering room, a media arts center, and a music room.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese expects an inaugural freshman class of 60 students. They currently plan to add a new grade level annually, until the student body reaches 400-500 students in 2022-23.

The school’s name comes from St. John Paul II, a pope who visited Los Angeles in 1987, and returned to the United States multiple times throughout his career. Until now, there hasn’t been a school named after him.

Baxter hopes the Academy will provide the community with an affordable private Catholic school experience.

Bellarmine-Jefferson High School is located on 465 E. Olive Ave.

John Burroughs Band Members Receive Honors

Excellent and superior not only describe the John Burroughs High School Band, but are also two of the highest honors musicians can earn in competitions. This spring the JBHS musicians have been competing as soloists, in small ensembles, and all three band groups, and they have consistently received the highest honors and much acclaim.
On April 1 there was no joke being played when the JBHS Wind Ensemble received the highest rating of the day, Unanimous Superior, at the SCSBOA Festival of Bands hosted at Excelsior Auditorium in Norwalk. The JBHS Symphonic and Concert bands both received Excellent ratings in performance and Superior in Sight Reading. “The kids have been working really hard all year and I was glad to see them recognized,” said Tana Barnett, Music Director.
On April 2 the JBHS Jazz Ensemble had an impressive showing at the Fullerton Jazz Festival earning an overall Excellent rating and finishing sixth in their division. In addition, three musicians were singled out for Outstanding Soloist awards.
The JBHS Instrumental Music Association offers a comprehensive music experience for high school musicians, with the bands regularly taking top honors. Earlier in the year the JBHS musicians competed in a Solo and Ensemble Festival where two soloists earned Superior ratings and 23 ensembles were named Superior. Both soloists and the Superior ensembles qualified for the state level competition.
In addition, clarinet player and graduating senior Emily Connor was named to the All-State Band and performed at the California Band Director’s Association annual conference in Fresno.

Burbank Celebrates ‘100 Best’ Designation

Both city and school district officials came together Tuesday afternoon at Burroughs High School to celebrate. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

In September 2010, America’s Promise Alliance (the Alliance), the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to youth and children; announced the city had been named a winner of the Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People (100 Best) competition. Its 2010 recognition is the second win for Burbank in the nationwide competition.
Burbank was named one of the nation’s 100 Best for its efforts to provide exceptional learning opportunities for young people and for comprehensively bringing the “Five Promises” into the lives of youth. Research and experience demonstrate that children’s chances of success in life greatly increase when they experience the key supports, or promises they need to be successful: Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, An Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others.