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School Board Honors First I.B.O. Graduates From Ehret High School

Three Jefferson Parish Public School System students comprise the first group of International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) graduates from Ehret High School.

David Nguyen, Thanhlam Tran, and Ashley Westmoreland will be honored by the Jefferson Parish School Board with presentation of their diplomas at the August 4 board meeting.

Ehret High School has been authorized to offer the IBO Diploma program since May 2006.  The process took almost two years for Ehret High School to complete in order to receive final approval from the International Baccalaureate Organization.  The IBO Diploma program is aimed at helping students “develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.”

The IBO Diploma program is challenging.  IBO diploma students take three two-year and three one-year IBO courses from six academic areas and must earn a combined score of 24 points in their final exams. In addition, IBO diploma students are required to write a 10-page research paper, take a course in the “theory of Knowledge” (examining the ways we gain knowledge and the different types of knowledge), and complete 150 hours of participation in sports, the arts and volunteering in the community, outside of school time.

Ehret and Riverdale High schools offer the IBO Diploma program.  Riverdale Middle School offers the middle years program.  Bridgedale and Boudreaux Elementary schools offer the primary years program.

Congratualtions to David Nguyen, Thanhlam Tran, and Ashley Westmoreland.