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A new advanced academic program that opened at SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year is another avenue to prepare more SISD students to be college and career ready.

Hernando Middle School received candidate status as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), an IB school within a school concept. The innovative program will give students a global experience with international studies and civic mindedness.

“Our campus is excited to launch the IB MYP to bring a program that will not only enhance our scholars’ mindset, but it will build their character to think of others in a global context,” Principal Venessa Betancourt said.

The students will take four IB classes -- literature, social studies, math and science -- plus an elective and physical education. They will stay with the same four IB teachers during their time in the middle school. Each year, the program will grow adding more classes, teachers and students. During the third year, eighth grade scholars will have to complete a service project, she said.

“It’s a rigorous framework to enhance independent studies and inquiry,” Betancourt said. “We are excited about developing civic-minded scholars, who will give back to the community.”

Angelique del Castillo, a sixth-grader at Hernando, said she wanted to be a part of the program as soon as she heard about it“I like challenging stuff,” del Castillo said. “I want to become a better student. My dream is to go to Harvard and be either a doctor or a mechanical engineer. I think this program will help me get there.”

At the completion of the program, Hernando IB eighth grade students will be prepared for a smooth transition to El Dorado High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Aztec IB students commit to achieving academic success and serving their community in pursuit of obtaining a higher education and becoming active participants in global society.

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