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High academic standards need support

Dear Editor:

Aspen High School is the smallest public high school in North America to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, a rigorous program of academic study that is recognized for credit in colleges and universities throughout the world for the excellent quality of holistic education that it delivers. Despite our relatively small size compared to other districts around the United States and internationally, our results have been impressive due to a dedicated and talented staff, as well as a dynamic and supportive administration and school board.

This past year, our students passed more than 90 percent of IB examinations administered at Aspen High School. To put things in perspective, the world average hovers around 80 percent, a figure that we have consistently met and exceeded. Far from offering an elitist program that serves only a handful of students, we have maintained an open enrollment policy that saw more than 70 percent of the class of 2010 participating in IB courses. Furthermore, 85 percent of students taking the necessary course work for the IB diploma at Aspen High School over the last five years have been awarded the diploma.

Like all of the outstanding programs at Aspen School District, the International Baccalaureate Program requires funding. Please help us to continue to maintain the excellent programs and quality staff that have delivered outstanding educational experiences for our children by voting YES on Referendum 3A on Nov. 2. I would also urge you to consider the punitive effects of Amendments 60, 61 and 101 on public education and vote “no” on those measures.

Ian Wagner

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program coordinator, Aspen High School

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