Denny Middle School principal Jeff Clark says his school’s new designation as an “International School” will be formally announced at tomorrow night’s School Board meeting; it’s been mentioned in the “letter to 5th grade families (considering Denny)” posted on the school website, and is detailed in this flyer he sent, including:
We are making this transition to become an International School with the big picture in mind: Kindergarten through Twelfth-Grade. A major focus for Denny Middle School continues to be preparing all of students for future success in the Chief Sealth High School International Baccalaureate program. We are working with Sealth staff to align curriculum and programs with this goal in mind.
As a whole community, we are striving to create a neighborhood school Kindergarten through Twelfth-Grade pathway that is rigorous and globally-focused while preparing every student for success in college and life.
When Denny moves into its new building on the Chief Sealth campus in two years, and sixth through twelfth grades will be co-located, though the district has said repeatedly that they will be operated as separate schools. Seattle Public Schools that already have International School status include John Stanford (elementary) and Hamilton (middle). Program specifics, according to the Denny flyer, include an increased emphasis on language instruction, and education with “global, cultural, and ethnic perspectives”; here’s a document that discusses “model guidelines” for the program in the district. Denny’s next tour is this Thursday, 8:15-9:15 am, no appointment required.