Jun. 17, 9:00 AM
The Education Interim Committee of the State Legislature holds a public meeting.
Feb. 23 - Mar. 22
Comcast Newsmakers interviews Robyn Bagley about www.Utah-EducationFacts.com
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The 2009 Legislative Session concluded on Thursday, March 12th at midnight
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark report, A Nation at Risk.
In the 2007-08 school year, Utah spent $8,224 per public school student.
Charter schools are independent public schools run by parents or non-profits.
The average class size in Utah is 22.2
High school students can graduate with an associate's degree and a scholarship worth 75% of college tuition.
The International Baccalaureate is an non-profit organization that offers three programs that educate children ages 3-19. These three programs provide schools with an international curriculum intended to be acceptable to universities around the world.
In Utah, the IB program refers to the Diploma Program, which is offered at several high schools along the Wasatch Front. Students participating in the IB Diploma Program can earn a high school diploma as well as the internationally recognized IB Diploma. Students may also be able to earn college credit or advanced standing at universities and colleges throughout the world.
Courses are paid for through taxpayer dollars. Additionally, there are fees for each exam. In 2006 the cost for one IB examination was $193; each additional exam was $60. Students typically take two exams in their junior year ($253) and four in their senior year ($371). Financial assistance may be available from individual high school parent organizations.
IB and Pre-IB classes are taught by regular school instructors. In many cases some of the best and most experienced instructors teach IB level classes. In some cases IB and AP classes are taught together.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
The IB Diploma Program is currently offered at Bountiful, Clearfield, Hillcrest, Hunter, Provo, Skyline, and West High Schools in Utah for 11th and 12th graders. 9th and 10th grade students can enroll in Pre-IB courses as preparation for the actual two-year IB Program. Students that do not attend one of these high schools and are interested in the IB program may be able to transfer through the Open Enrollment program. Two charter schools also offer IB curriculum: Channing Hall (K-8) and Providence Hall (K-6).
HOW TO ENROLL
The application process varies slightly among the participating high schools. Most schools require interested 8th grade students to submit an application, as well as a teacher recommendation form. Junior high school counselors should be able to assist students in this process.