Save CV IB

Save CV IB

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Anika Gupta started this petition to Cumberland Valley School Board

The student body’s access to a programme that teaches subject-specific material, but also “serves as a platform from which students can excel in post-secondary education, the military, the workforce, and as citizens of the United States of America,” is necessary to the achievement of the District’s self-stated goals. The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) stands out an experience that truly prepares participants for their further education and future careers. IB invites meaningful learning to the classroom. What other part of the Cumberland Valley High School curriculum offers classes that actually initiate constant, meaningful discussion of all the topics at hand, require community service, physical activity, and creativity as core values, and involve students so directly in the path of their own learning? IB creates well-rounded, focused individuals that are connected to a growing, global community.   

The IB Diploma Programme is the last thing that should be cut from Cumberland Valley’s curriculum; it benefits not only the students directly enrolled in the full programme, but any student in all of central Pennsylvania who has or will have the desire to push themselves academically and personally to take part in any IB class. The removal of the IB programme from Cumberland Valley High School comes at the detrimental expense of the school’s academic diversity, overall appeal to potential residents of the district, and the opportunity for its students to fully express themselves in a school setting. The programme is the definitive factor in what sets Cumberland Valley apart from surrounding districts. It is thanks to the IB programme that the school can allow students the option for a challenging, rigorous, and character-building experience beyond the typical scope of high school classes. Without the district providing this possibility for its students, the equal opportunity of all students for a well-rounded, IB high school career is dashed. Cumberland Valley must remain the torchbearer for academic diversity in Central Pennsylvania. For the many students and parents in the region seeking an IB Diploma, the closest public schools offering it are in Lancaster and Chambersburg. The only local school that offers the program is Harrisburg Academy charges admission, and in doing so, robs this character-building opportunity from any economically disadvantaged students in Central Pennsylvania. The removal of the IB Programme detracts from the experience of every family living in the heart of Pennsylvania and separates each of them from actual academic freedom and their right to choose their own educational path.

Cutting the Programme can in no way be considered a long-term solution to any budgetary issue, as doing so will discredit Cumberland Valley School District, severely limit the district’s ability to properly serve its students and families, and disincentivize any prospective IB students from entering the district to have access to a programme that does more to inspire the continuing pursuit of knowledge in its students than any other widely available high school program. The removal of IB is only possible in the presence of a long term net negative economic and social effect on the district, as this action will permanently stunt the growth of this district and so limit its future economic and social opportunities and those of all its students.

If the purpose of the Cumberland Valley School District is actually to allow its students to reach their full academic potential, then it cannot in good conscience remove the program that actually provides this opportunity to so many of its students. Removing this program ignores the hard work and planning that has gone into the execution of IB in the school and disadvantages all students in and around the district.

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