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Unread 03-19-2013, 09:57 PM
 
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Default IB schools in Orange County

My family will be moving to Orange County in the summer. My husband's office is in Irvine, but we have not decided where we will live. Currently we live in Mexico City, Mexico on an expat assignment and our children attend an IB school. We have 3 children - Kindergarten, 2nd grade and 4th grade. From my research there are not a lot of IB schools in Orange County, at least the PYP or elementary years. I am not wedded to the IB system, but we have had a very good experience with it and would like the option of continuing with it in California. Any advice is much appreciated??
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Unread 03-20-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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Pardon my ignorance... what is IB?
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Unread 03-20-2013, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Is it for the Diploma years or Pre-Diploma?

As a recipient of the IB over a decade ago, I definitely recommend this route.

You'll find more info here: California Association of IB World Schools Website
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Unread 03-20-2013, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Quite a few foreign dignitaries and business people have their kids at El Durado school for gifted children in Orange. Our kids went there and they were in the minority being from the United States. It is a great school and our kids loved it there, but it is expensive. I think it was $12,000 per year plus fees (fees were maybe $600 or $700 more). Classes are very small and the kids get a lot of individualized attention.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 09:13 AM
 
Location: LA/OC
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If working in Irvine, your best bet would probably be in the Mission Viejo (MV, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores) area. They have K-8 and a lot of surrounding high schools for when your kids get to that point.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Do a search on IB programs in the Orange County Forum, especially by a poster named Missionhome (haven't seen her around in a while).
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Unread 03-20-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Aliso Viejo, Orange County, CA
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St. Mary's in Aliso Viejo is an IB school and they accept kids from pre-K through the 8th grade:
St. Mary's School | Private IB World School in Orange County, California

Apparently, there’s a very active exchange program between St. Mary’s and the (K-12) International School of Milan (ISM) in Milan and Monza, Italy.

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Unread 03-22-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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Is it for the Diploma years or Pre-Diploma?

As a recipient of the IB over a decade ago, I definitely recommend this route.

You'll find more info here: California Association of IB World Schools Website
It is for the Primary Years Program right now, but my oldest will be moving into the Middle Years Program and the Diploma Program while we are in California.
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Unread 03-22-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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Pardon my ignorance... what is IB?
Sorry, not ignorant at all. IB is the International Baccalaureate Program. International education - The International Baccalaureate offers high quality programmes of education to a worldwide community of schools
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Unread 10-01-2013, 07:04 AM
 
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Hi- Did you find a school? My family will be moving there in early 2014. We are currently in an IB school as well and love it. I've started my search and you are right there aren't a lot of IB schools in that area. Just wondering what you decided on and how you like it so far.
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