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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Provo High School wants to join just a handful of Utah schools offering an international baccalaureate, a diploma that requires advanced classes and is recognized by colleges around the world.
"We will hear late this spring, but we've been told to proceed as if," vice principal Stacy Briggs said. "If we are approved, we will start classes this fall."
Fifty students have signed up, although freshmen and sophomores won't start until they are juniors, Briggs said.
Students take seven classes to receive the international recognition, including social studies, math and science. They also perform community service, write a 4,000-word essay and take special exams, all during their final two years of high school.
"Everyone learns a foreign language in the program," Briggs said. "They learn how to think and be critical of information they receive and really think about how to communicate."
Utah State University's honors program director, Christie Fox, has visited Provo High to see if it meets requirements. She was an international baccalaureate graduate in Florida.
"It was in IB that I first thought of myself as a scholar, and where I decided to go to graduate school," Fox said. "I realized one day that I loved learning, loved being challenged, and loved developing new ideas. I didn't want that to end."
Provo High recently added Mandarin Chinese to its foreign languages and plans to add Arabic in the fall.
------ Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com
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