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SEF Selby Lane IBO Certification Achieved!

Original post made by Jenny Redo, Atherton: West Atherton, on Sep 7, 2007

Selby Lane School Partners with Community To Achieve Prestigious International Baccalaureate Program (IBO) Certification

Selby Education Foundation’s four-year fundraising effort to introduce transformational programming and resources recognized by academic accreditation

Atherton, CA, September 5, 2007 – Selby Education Foundation (SEF) today announced, a major milestone in its fundraising efforts to support Selby Lane School, a community school serving Redwood City and Atherton. Selby Lane School has been awarded accreditation by the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program (Web Link), a significant education milestone in the school’s four-year transformation effort to support academic excellence. This milestone for Selby Lane School was achieved with support and major funding efforts from the Selby Education Foundation (SEF) and the Redwood City School District for the introduction of transformational programming and educational resources.

Over the last four years, Selby Lane School, which serves parts of Redwood City and Atherton, has invested in an aggressive academic improvement program, culminating in accreditation as an IB Middle Years school. IBO is an organization that sets and monitors standards for top academic achievement and enrichment. Launching the IBO Middle Years Program (MYP) is designed to provide a private-school level of quality education at Selby Lane School, and will leverage recent improvements in the school’s curriculum and infrastructure. Recent examples include enhanced language instruction and a greatly expanded visual and performing arts program. Children who continue on to the IBO’s Diploma Program (through Sequoia High School) and pass the IB exams in 12th grade will receive up to 30 units of college credits at top public and Ivy League schools.

“Selby Lane School has made a real commitment to pursuing academic excellence in a public school environment, and the IBO program is an important catalyst for these efforts,” said Jenny Redo, President of SEF. “Selby Education Foundation would like to extend congratulations to Selby Lane School for achieving IBO accreditation, and we also thank the community donors that made this program possible.”

“We were attracted to the IB program because it gives Selby an opportunity to provide an elite global education while preserving the school’s commitment to serving the needs of our diverse community,” said Carolyn Williams, Principal at Selby Lane School. “We have already observed a dramatic increase in applicants looking to enter our middle years program at Selby.”

IBO certification places Selby Lane School in the ranks of a small, select group of private and public schools to achieve accreditation. At last count, there were only 18 schools in all of California with an accredited IBO middle years program, many of which are private schools. The public-private partnership to achieve this goal included a number of organizations, including Atherton City Council, Atherton Civic Interest League, Redwood City Council, Redwood City School District, Selby Education Foundation, Selby Lane School, and The Westly Foundation.

Selby Lane School’s accreditation is a key milestone, but not an endpoint. SEF is committed to providing ongoing financial and volunteer support to help the students and teachers at the school; key projects including funding to support additional language and music programs, teacher training, and additional computing and multimedia systems for the classroom. For information on supporting the SEF IB Fund and other programs, please visit SEF on the web at:

Founded in 2003, SEF is a 501(c)(3) independent, community-based non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors, made up of community leaders. SEF is a persuasive and leading advocate to help Selby Lane School achieve a high level of educational excellence for the children it serves, ranging from Kindergarten through the Eighth grade. SEF is working in partnership with the Redwood City School District, the community, teachers, staff, principals, children and parents of Selby Lane School to fulfill specific education funding objectives. Interested donors may contribute to: Selby Education Foundation, 50 Woodside Plaza, Ste. 513 Redwood City CA 94061. All donors will be recognized and the donation is 100 percent tax deductible (Tax EIN 65-1192419). For additional information, please visit Web Link.


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