El Segundo Middle School Recognized with Top Statewide Educational Honor

El Segundo Middle School (ESMS) is being recognized for its status as a certified International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The IB Middle Years Programme is a three-year program comprised of eight subjects and requires a minimum of 50 hours of teaching time for each subject annually. The eight subjects are math, science, individuals and societies, language and literature, language acquisition, physical/health education, arts, and design. The curriculum is designed to help students make practical connections between their studies and the real world, and to prepare them for success in life and higher education. It also empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 

 "The Golden Bell Award is another validation of the transformation we've undergone at ESMS to become an International Baccalaureate World School," said Jack Plotkin, principal at El Segundo Middle School. "The journey has certainly not been without challenges, but ultimately, we're producing deeper thinkers who are better equipped to make change in the world. We are honored to receive this award in recognition of that achievement.”

 The prestigious International Baccalaureate Programme, initially developed to provide the highest quality high school education for children of diplomats serving abroad, now spans grades K-12 and is administered in 147 countries. El Segundo Middle School offers the only IB Middle Years Programme in the South Bay, and its 800 students join their peers at just two other public middle schools in Los Angeles County in achieving IB enrollment status.

 A video about the El Segundo Middle School International Baccalaureate Programme may be view here: http://www.elsegundomiddleschool.org/apps/video/.

 About the El Segundo Unified School District

The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School and the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).