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Please provide the total cost to implement a Primary Years International Baccalaureate (IB) program at the new Richard Montgomery Elementary School #5. Are there any issues with implementation of IB and immersion at the school?

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) ranges from prekindgarten–Grade 5. Costs vary from year-to-year based on the number of staff members requiring professional development and the IB fees charged. 

Adding the PYP at Richard Montgomery Elementary School #5 for FY 2019 would cost approximately $219,542 per year. This includes $4,182 for substitutes, travel for professional learning for Pre-K–Grade 5 staff for the initial year, and dues, registration, and fees.  In addition, the cost for the PYP includes an annual fee of $8,520, a 1.0 Full-time Equivalent (FTE) teacher position (PYP coordinator) and $103,420 (including associated employee benefits), and a 1.0 FTE language teacher position and $103,420 (including associated employee benefits) for the world language requirement of the programme.

IB has an application process that typically takes two years to complete.  To demonstrate readiness for the program, schools are required to show commitment to the IB philosophy, professional development, curriculum and assessment, and financial support from the school district administration and school board.

The PYP has very specific requirements related to how the school develops, plans, and delivers content. One of the requirements of the program is language exposure. In the PYP, students are not expected to be proficient speakers of the target language. The MCPS immersion program, however, expects that students leave elementary school proficient speakers, readers, and writers of the target language. Students in immersion should not be exposed to any English instruction while they are with the immersion teacher. As a result of following the guidelines of the PYP,
the students in the Chinese immersion program have had reduced access to the target language, compared to their peers in other partial immersion programs.  It is believed that having two very distinct programs that have different language philosophies and outcomes has presented significant challenges to the effectiveness of the immersion program. As a result of this difference between the two programs, it is recommend that the PYP not be implemented at the Richard Montgomery Elementary School #5.

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