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It’s Official: Sandia HS Authorized as IB World School

The world-renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is now accepting qualified students from across Albuquerque for the 2013-14 school year.

May 2, 2013

Sandia High School has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School and will offer the academically rigorous Diploma Programme beginning this fall for incoming juniors. Students can still register for the programme by going to and downloading an application.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our students this rigorous college-prep program that’s respected around the world,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. “IB isn’t for everyone, but for some, it’s yet another stepping stone toward success at the university level and beyond. It’s just one more choice for our kids, in this case students who are highly motivated, successful in school, intellectually curious and ready to be pushed to their academic limits.”

The IB Diploma Programme offers an academically challenging and balanced program designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. Courses in the IB Diploma Programme at Sandia will stress depth over breadth in learning and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Because students are required to accept more responsibility and accountability for their education, the Diploma Programme will have students exceptionally well prepared to succeed at the university level and beyond.

Though housed at Sandia, all qualified students from around Albuquerque are invited and encouraged to participate in IB. The programme will be available to incoming juniors. Sandia will be the first comprehensive high school in New Mexico to offer IB.

The programme has received the support of the city of Albuquerque, which has provided money for training, materials and other start-up costs and also to help students cover required testing fees to assure the program is inclusive and available to all interested and eligible students.

For more information on the APS IB Diploma Programme, visit or

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