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Jordan to Award International Diploma

The David Starr Jordan International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is graduating its first class of IB diploma candidates. International Baccalaureate diplomas are honored at the best universities in the world as indicative of outstanding academic training. It is a rarity for a school to have seven candidates, especially in its first year of a graduating class that have completed the entire IB program. Jordan's IB diploma program was first established in the Fall of 1992 and has been adding to its curriculum each year. The IB program requires a very rigorous academic effort in the junior and senior years consisting of course work in six areas: Language A1 (primary language), Language B (second language), Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and Arts and Electives. Jordan is the only high school in the district and one of 238 in the U.S. offering this unique program. Students may also take exams in Business & Management, History of Europe and Philosophy. The International Baccalaureate Organization was established in the 1960s as a curriculum offered to children of ambassadors worldwide so they might receive uniform, high-quality preparation for college. It has since grown and has been offered at selected public and private schools throughout the world. Jordan High School IB diploma candidates for June 1999 and the universities they will be attending in Fall 1999 are Tracy Chiem, UCLA; Channymol Mang, UCLA; Tiffany Sison, UCSD; Dina Chhoeu, UCSD; Jose Cuara, CSULB; Thaiuyen Ho, UCI; and Sun Oung, CSULB. Tracy and Dina are valedictorians, with 4.0 GPAs.