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Posted April 3, 2012

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City to Help Fund IB Program at Sandia High

$115,000 dedicated to help start rigorous college prep program.

Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks and Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry announced today that the city will provide $115,000 for an International Baccalaureate Program at Sandia High School.

The money will be used to pay for training, materials and other start up costs and to help students cover testing fees to assure the program is inclusive and available to all interested and eligible students. APS and the city will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding that will outline specifically how the money will be spent.

Sandia High is a candidate school for the IB Diploma Program, a world-recognized college prep program for juniors and seniors based on rigorous academic standards. Qualified students from across Albuquerque will be encouraged to participate in the program, which is expected to be offered to a junior class of 100-150 students beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

The IB Diploma Program at Sandia High will be the first such program at a regular, full-service public high school in New Mexico, though IB is offered in 120,000 schools in 48 states and 40 countries around the world.

“We recognize the value of providing our students with a rigorous, challenging college prep program that’s respected around the world,” said Superintendent Brooks. “We want to thank Mayor Berry and the city of Albuquerque for helping us financially support the IB program at Sandia. It will benefit our students, our families and the community as a whole.”

“We know that with education, we can create a stronger foundation for our city and our kids to thrive,” said Mayor Berry. “Further, the mission of the International Baccalaureate Program is precisely why the city is supporting the program at Sandia High School. We need to prepare our young people for a global future, and this program embraces the value of providing a world-class education to future generations and instilling them with a strong sense of global responsibility.”

Sandia Principal Katy Harvey said the school submitted a complex, 35-page application to be accepted as a candidate school. The road to final approval as an IB World School involves, among other requirements, a site visit and staff training.

APS will be providing more information in the months to come to students and their families interested in the program including details on applications and entrance exams. In the meantime, those interested are encouraged to visit the IB website at www.ibo.org.

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