Rainier Beach High School will be able to start offering the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program this coming fall.
According to a news release from Seattle Public Schools, the school received word Wednesday from the International Baccalaureate Organization that its proposal, developed over three years, has been approved.
Rainier Beach will become the third Seattle high school to offer the two-year, college preparatory program. The other two schools are Ingraham and Chief Sealth.
The IB program includes two years of classes for which students can earn college credit if they do well on exams scored by representatives of the IB organization.
In the release, Superintendent Jose Banda congratulated the Rainier Beach community, noting that the IB program is “one of the most successful and prestigious high school programs in the U.S.”
Colin Pierce, the school’s IB coordinator, said the program will benefit all students at Rainier Beach, even if they don’t enroll for the full IB programs. The school wants all its students to take at least one IB class in their last two years of high school, he said.