Mira Loma High School (San Juan Unified School District)
On October 12, 1999, the 1998-1999 Sacramento County Grand Jury visited Mira Loma High School, located at 4000 Edison Ave., Sacramento, part of the San Juan Unified School District.
The Grand Jury observed the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at Mira Loma High School. The International Baccalaureate Organization originated in Geneva, Switzerland to provide the children of international executives and government officials with a strong and consistent educational program. The program was introduced to the United States in 1974 after years of success in Europe.
Mira Loma was the first and, thus far, is the only IB school in Sacramento County. The Grand Jury was told that there were currently 40 students, grades nine through 12, enrolled in its IB program.
The Mira Loma IB curriculum is divided into two levels; the Higher Level courses (320 hours or two years of study) and the Standard Level courses (196 hours or one year of study). To receive the full IB diploma awarded by the international organization, students must pass examinations provided by the organization in at least six subjects. In addition, students must:
· Write an extended essay of approximately 4,000 words in one of the six subjects
· Complete a course entitled "Theory of Knowledge" which explores the nature of values and essence of truth in various disciplines
· Complete 150 hours of creativity, action, and service electives
The Grand Jury sat in on three of the IB courses -- anthropology, mathematics, and philosophy. Teachers and students were noticeably focused and very enthusiastic. It was evident that these classes were greatly accelerated.
The Grand Jury was told that Mira Loma receives $50,000 per year out of the District's general fund to provide for the IB program. The remaining portion required to run the program comes from grants received during the course of the school year.
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