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97 Scottsdale International Baccalaureate students graduate

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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will have 97 seniors graduate from the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program on May 22nd at 8 p.m. at the Athletic Stadium at Desert Mountain High School, 12575 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale 85259.

“Students who attend the IB Program find that they are very well prepared for college. They can write, think and communicate at a high level and are prepared to become global citizens because they are more knowledgeable about the world they live in,” said Laura Kamka, IB coordinator.

These students will go on to attend University of California-Santa Barbara, Smith College, University of Arizona, Chapman University, Texas Tech, University of Michigan, Brandeis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Arizona State University, Portland State, Boston University, Oberlin College, Baylor University, George Washington University, University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania, University of California-Los Angeles, Texas A&M, University of California-Irvine, Columbia University, Purdue University, Case Western Reserve University, Southern Methodist University, University of California-San Diego, University of Puget Sound, US Air Force Academy, Virginia Tech, Amherst College, Vanderbilt University, Carleton College, Brown University, University of California- Berkeley, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, Cornell University, University of San Francisco, Stanford University, Northern Arizona University and Westmont College.

On May 18th, Desert Mountain’s IB Parent’s Association will host a recognition ceremony which honors the seniors’ achievements. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will also be recognized for their contributions to the program.

The IB program, which is offered only at Desert Mountain High School, challenges students’ thought processes and helps them gain an international perspective. During this two year program, juniors and seniors are tested in six subject areas including English, Spanish or French, social science, a lab science, math and the arts. By doing well on the exams, students can earn college credit. The program has an international focus, and students learn about both United States and international affairs. There is also a pre-diploma program for freshman and sophomores.

In order to take IB courses, students must apply to the pre-diploma program when they are 8th graders, and then apply to the IB program when they are sophomores. For more information about the IB program, please visit the IB website.

The students will be notified in July if they have received an IB diploma.

Scottsdale Unified School District, where we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The District and 15 schools have earned the state’s highest A-F Achievement Profile grade – A. All Scottsdale schools are graded as A, B, or C by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information about Scottsdale Unified schools, please visit