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IB: It's 'yes' at Oakmont, Granite Bay

By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein
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After three years on the drawing board, it's official: Two schools in the Roseville Joint Union High School District will offer the elite International Baccalaureate program. Oakmont and Granite Bay high schools received the go-ahead from the International Baccalaureate Organization earlier last month to offer the program, a two-year academic track that stresses international awareness and critical thinking. We are thrilled, just really really excited, said Ron Severson, executive director of curriculum and instruction for the district. The teachers put in so much time and energy, the schools invested so much, it's just rewarding see it all come together. School officials call IB Diploma Programme the most rigorous curriculum in the world, and students who complete it are given an IB diploma in addition to their standard district document. The district expects the first crop of IB students to number about 30 at each school site with more than double that at each school signed up for the following years. Severson said the district is still accepting new applicants to the program. We're ready to rock 'n' roll, he said. For the full story, see an upcoming issue of The Press-Tribune.