YPSILANTI, Mich. — The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is opening an International Baccalaureate high school this fall that will enroll students from seven area districts and reach enrollment of 600 students within four years, AnnArbor.com reported.

The International Baccalaureate is described as a rigorous program of learning that is used in some 139 countries, including 33 schools in Michigan, AnnArbor.com reported.

The new Washtenaw International High School will be located in a former middle school building leased to the intermediate district by the Ypsilanti Public School District, according to AnnArbor.com.

During the first year, Ypsilanti will charge the intermediate district only for utility costs, but in subsequent years would renegotiate the lease to add more operational costs, Ypsilanti school board President David Bates said, according to AnnArbor.com.

“We hope they’ll be there for a long time and we’re happy to be the host for the county,” Bates said,  AnnArbor.com reported.


AnnArbor.com, “Ypsilanti school board approves 1-year lease for Washtenaw International High School,” Aug. 17, 2011


Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Michigan School District Opens School in China,” Aug. 18, 2011