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The Hawk Way:

A balanced academic program that focuses on: 
• Academic Achievement
• Student Well-being
• Effective Staff
• School Climate

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Sanford has been an authorized The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) since 2014. Through MYP, we provide academically rigorous instruction in all classes and supportive systems to help all students reach success.  This whole school program is

  • international-minded;
  • broad, balanced, conceptual and connected to the real world in authentic ways;
  • student-centered and project-based.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills are embedded in all classes.

The MYP requires students to have at least 50 hours each year in 8 subject groups to provide the broad and balanced curriculum to our students.  In addition to their core classes of math, science, English language arts and social studies, all students will take courses in

  • Arts (Visual Arts, Drama or Band),
  • Language Acquisition (Ojibwe, Spanish or English Learner services),
  • Physical and Health Education, and
  • Design (Engineering or Media).

To support our students in being successful in the MYP Programme, we offer a trauma-informed equitable approach to support services.  AVID is another school-wide program. We also offer school-based and Citywide Special Education programs.    

All students are challenged at their ability level. We know we teach more than just content – we teach our students to be well-rounded, healthy, engaged, compassionate life-long learners.