IB Authorization Visit is Coming!

Apr 13th, 2018

Several years ago, our school completed the re-accreditation process through MNSAA. The accreditation happens every 7 years and provides an opportunity for schools to reflect on every aspect of our school and also create a strategic plan for the next 7 years – focusing on school improvement. After a year of reflection and planning, meeting with parents, parishioners, staff and students, Annunciation created our strategic plan.

In 2014, we began the journey. The first objective of our new plan was to:

“Position Annunciation School as a Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child.”

A Vision Team was formed and research began, looking at the various educational options that were available to meet the needs of the students in the 21st century. After months of searching, planning, and discussion, Annunciation chose to pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, starting with the Primary Years Program. In the spring of 2015, we applied for candidacy, were accepted as a Candidate school, and have been on the journey since then to bring IB alive in our school.

Next Monday and Tuesday, a team from International Baccalaureate will be here to tour, observe, discuss, and share with our students, staff, parents and community.  We are so excited to welcome them! I hope that they can feel and see the transformation of our school as inquiry and student-centered learning has taken shape and is becoming a way of life at Annunciation.

For over 90 years, Annunciation Catholic School has provided the highest quality Catholic education for our students and families. Today, we continue that tradition – challenging not only our students, but our staff and parents to be life-long learners as well. By continuing to grow, inquire, take risks, and persevere, we are all better for the effort. It is not the destination, but the journey that forms us into the people God has called us to be.

We ask for your prayers for a successful visit.  Thank you for the consistent support you have provided to help us reach our goal to be a “Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child’.  Please know of my sincere gratitude. At the heart is our amazing community. We work with you to achieve our vision – thanks for all you do! Our journey continues……

Jennifer Cassidy, Principal
Annunciation Catholic School

Three Years of Planning, Learning & Growth

Three years ago, a small group of Annunciation staff members attended an International Baccalaureate conference in Minneapolis.  Shortly after that conference, Annunciation applied for, and was accepted, as an IB candidate school.  Over these past three years we have put tremendous thought, time, talent, and creativity into answering these questions  - 

  1. What do we want our students to learn?  
  2. What is the best way for students to learn this?  
  3. How will we know what our students have learned?  

Our teachers (including single-subject/specialists) have aligned the curriculum vertically (throughout the school year) and horizontally (over the school years), embedded the MN State Standards, and transformed their teaching methods to create more meaningful engagements that spark inquiry and inspire action.   Our staff has created and implemented language, assessment, and academic integrity policies.  We've identified what the attributes and attitudes of the Learner Profile look, sound, and feel like and how we can strive to embody these attributes and attitudes in becoming more internationally minded.

The IB visit to Annunciation net week will determine if we are ready for authorization/recognition as an IB World School.  The purpose of the visit is to ensure that the educational principles, standards and practices on which the IB program is founded are being maintained and furthered.  The team will observe our classrooms in addition to meeting with teachers, parents, students and staff to cite evidence of our growth, as a school.

Within three months, we can expect to hear if we have been authorized as one of the 500 International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program World Schools in the United States.  

I'm beyond proud and sincerely grateful for the action (support) from our community.  We truly have positioned Annunciation as a leader in Catholic education.  THANK YOU! 

For more information on the International Baccalaureate Organization and what it means to be an IB World School - visit: www.ibo.org.

Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Math and Literacy Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator
Annunciation Catholic School