Education Notes


August 24, 2008

County students succeed in international program

Anne Arundel County juniors and seniors taking part in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme performed better than their North American and world colleagues again in the 2007-2008 school year, with the county's two fully accredited schools scoring 100 percent pass rates in 11 subjects.

Among 2008 graduates, 88 students at Annapolis and Old Mill high schools were awarded the IB diploma. Annapolis High School had a 100 percent pass rate in six subjects (English, French, Information Technology for a Global Society, Music -- Higher Level, Art -- Higher Level, and Art -- Standard Level), while Old Mill had a 100 percent pass rate in five subjects (Information Technology for a Global Society -- Standard Level, Music -- Higher Level, Music -- Standard Level, Art -- Higher Level, and Art -- Standard Level).

Annapolis' average scores exceeded the world average in eight subjects, while Old Mill's average scores exceeded the world average in seven.

"Our IB students and their teachers have put an immense amount of time and effort into this program, and these scores are proof that we're keeping pace with the rest of the world," said Maureen M. McMahon, director of advanced studies and programs for AACPS. "We are giving our students rigor and relevance to prepare them for a global society."

To be awarded the internationally recognized IB Diploma, candidates must achieve success in six IB subjects, complete an extended essay research paper of 4,000 words, take a Theory of Knowledge course examining how people know what they know, and serve 150 community, action and service hours.

The program is offered at three county high schools: Annapolis, Old Mill and Meade. Meade's program became accredited in the 2007-2008 school year and juniors in that program will join their peers in taking IB exams in May 2009.

St. John's College begins year with convocation

The 2008-2009 academic year for St. John's College opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday with convocation, the annual ceremony that brings together the St. John's community for a new year.

This year, Annapolis welcomes 160 freshmen. After the academic procession to Francis Scott Key auditorium, each freshman is called on the stage to meet President Christopher Nelson, then sign his or her name in the college's register and receives an Ancient Greek lexicon as a gift from the college.

The Annapolis undergraduate enrollment is expected to be 506 at the start of this year. In addition, 80 students are expected to begin or continue their studies in the college's Graduate Institute. All students read the same great works of Western civilization and take part in discussion-based seminars.

St. John's names new director of operations

Lisa Seaman-Crawford has joined St. John's College as director of operations.

In her new position, she oversees capital projects, including large-scale improvements and new construction; she also oversees various service and utility contracts and develops a maintenance schedule for the college's physical structures.

"I enjoy educational design and was interested in expanding my knowledge to the college and university level," she says of her decision to join the staff at St. John's. Seaman-Crawford is a registered architect, AIA. She holds a master's degree in architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Prior to joining St. John's, the Arnold resident worked for Anne Arundel County Public Schools for more than 17 years. She was responsible for the design of public schools, new construction, renovations and in-house projects.

AACC accepting Peer Learning applications

Anne Arundel Community College is accepting registrations for its popular Peer Learning Partnership.

PLP members manage the educational program and volunteer to share knowledge on subjects of interest to members.A PLP open house wll be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 219 on the Arnold campus.

Since the program began in fall 2005, more than 200 people have joined. Participation has increased from 42 in the founding academic year to 118 participants in 2008.

For information on the program or the open house, visit or call 410-777-2325.

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