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Learn more about the IB Excellence and Equity Initiative (E2) through these case studies.

Case study 1: Rainier Beach High School

A number of obstacles stood in the way of implementing the programme, says Diploma Programme (DP) coordinator Colin Pierce, who helped start up the DP at the school and had experience as a coordinator. Many adults and students had preconceptions of what DP students looked like, Pierce says, and that image did not include low-income students and those who had recently learned English. As a result, Pierce says, Rainier Beach had to get adults, including teachers and parents, to understand any biases they might have that would make them think certain groups of students were incapable of succeeding in DP courses. The school also had to help students believe in themselves.

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Case study 2: Fridley High School

Fridley sees its mission as preparing all students for a postsecondary education. Although not every student will go to university, the exposure to the content and skills provides benefits in the long run, says DP coordinator Jessica Baker. “The question was more like why wouldn’t we want all students to be a part of this?” Baker says. “It’s a matter of access – we didn’t want to deny any student the opportunity for something that brings them a benefit.”

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Case study 3: Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High School

Houston’s Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High School has been an IB World School since 1982, when it was authorized to offer the DP. In the 36 years since then, the scope of its DP has evolved, and that evolution has altered the shape of the school.

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Case study 4: Sturgis Charter Public School

More than 830 students attend Sturgis Charter Public School, but 600 more students would like to go there and have put their names on its waiting list. This IB World School, authorized in 2004, quickly grew from 350 students to 415 students in the 2010-2011 school year. It added a second campus in 2011 to accommodate its lengthy waiting list. Being what it calls an “IB for all” school is central to the Hyannis, Massachusetts, school’s mission and one of the main reasons it attracts so many students.

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Case study 5: South Side High School

Twenty-two years ago, South Side High School (SSHS) had only 30 DP candidates. Now, with a student body of just under 1,100, all students at the Rockville Centre, New York, school will take at least one DP course before graduating. In the spring of 2018, 90% of the class of 2018 took at least one DP exam, 60% completed the requirements of the DP, and 41% of the class earned the diploma. All of this is happening at a public high school in the United States, where it is more common to find small DP cohorts - often selected by restrictive gatekeeping measures.

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