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"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and there are as few as there any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."
          - John Steinbeck

Growing Together As An IB Candidate School

Starting with the 2023/24 school year, Wildwood Academy is an International Baccalaureate Candidate school and will begin the process of implementing the middle years program into our curriculum.

This move will provide a research-backed framework to guide our interdisciplinary approach, our integration of social-emotional learning, and our assessment.

Wildwood's existing place-based emphasis and orientation toward student-driven inquiry pair well with the global-mindedness of IB while also bringing rich expeditionary opportunities throughout the Columbia Gorge and beyond. 

International Baccalaureate is a world-renowned program that has been in existence for more than 50 years. Over 5,000 schools around the world have adopted IB and it is widely recognized and respected by US and international universities. 

Wildwood Academy is a Candidate School* for the Middle Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that Wildwood Academy believes is important for our students. *Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

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