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Mayor Richard J. Berry and Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks 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 startup costs. The monies will also help students cover testing fees, to assure the program is inclusive and available to all interested and eligible students.

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 public school in New Mexico, though IB is offered in 120,000 schools in 48 states and 40 countries around the world.

“We know that with education, we can create a stronger foundation for our city and for 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.”

“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 to provide such a program by financially supporting the IB program at Sandia. It will benefit our students, families and the community as a whole.”

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 and the city will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding that will outline specifically how the money will be spent. APS will be providing more information in the months to come to students and their families on the program including details on required entrance exams.  In the meantime, those interested in the program are encouraged to visit the IB website at www.ibo.org.

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