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Deadline for IB Program Is Near

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The deadline is approaching for students to apply for the International Baccalaureate program at Sandia High School, which is starting next year.

The deadline is Feb. 15.

The IB program is an internationally recognized, challenging two-year curriculum for high school juniors and seniors. Students from all over the district can apply, although they will have to provide their own transportation. Those who are currently sophomores and will be juniors next year are eligible. Students cannot enter the program as seniors.

How to apply
Visit www.aps.edu/ib for more information about the International Baccalaureate program and to download the application.

The IB program emphasizes global understanding and requires students to do in-depth research, study a second language and do service work in the community.

Sandia principal Katy Harvey said the program’s difficulty is similar to that of Advanced Placement classes, and any student who has been successful in school should consider applying.

“If you’ve been successful in school, you don’t have to be a straight-A student,” Harvey said. She said students’ grades and PSAT scores will be considered as part of their application, and they also must get recommendations from teachers.

“It doesn’t mean you’ll have no life if you sign up for this,” she said. “It’s much like a student who’s taking a lot of AP classes, can still be in sports or other activities.”

Harvey emphasized that students who want to be in the IB program will have to fully transfer to Sandia for their junior and senior years. Unlike the Career Enrichment Center and other APS programs, students will spend the whole day at Sandia taking IB curriculum. She said students will be able to immediately try out for Sandia sports.

“If you take the IB program and are successful, you really increase your opportunities for going to some of the best schools in the country if you do well,” Harvey said. “The potential for getting better scholarships is much greater.”
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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