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Longmont's Sunset Middle recently received its official International Baccalaureate, or IB, authorization following several years of work by the school to implement the program.
"This is one of the most exciting and rewarding transformations I've seen at Sunset," said Principal Dawn Macy.
She said the school started in 2012 with a feasibility study, deciding that the IB program fit well with the school's previous arts focus. Sunset also feeds into Niwot High, which offers the high school version of the IB program.
"We wanted to be more seamless with our high school," Macy said. "Our plan is to do a lot more work with the high school."
Along with Sunset and Niwot High, St. Vrain Valley has two IB elementary schools, Alpine and Central.
Macy said the IB program encourages students to make connections between schoolwork and the real world, provides a global perspective and emphasizes community service.
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