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IB Americas Announces Authorization of 2000th IB World School


IB Americas reached a historic milestone with the authorization of the 2000th IB World School. The 2000th school authorization was awarded to South Texas Business, Education, and Technology Academy, better known as BETA, to offer the prestigious IB Diploma Programme (DP) to students. The IB applauds BETA on its achievement and welcomes BETA to its community of IB World Schools. Among BETA’s many honors and awards, it was ranked 1st in the state of Texas and 17th in the nation in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report Most Connected Classrooms Rankings.

The robust growth of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in the Americas and around the world continues. Founded in 1968, the IB works to develop and offer four challenging educational programmes to over 1,010,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. In the Americas, the IB supports 2,000 schools offering over 2,334 programmes in 30 countries.

BETA, a college preparatory high school offering hands-on experience for tomorrow's leaders, is a diverse learning community that inspires and challenges its members to create synergy in the fields of business, education, and technology. According to Magdalena Gutierrez, Principal of BETA, “We at BETA are excited to offer the highly-regarded IB Diploma Programme and thrilled to be the 2000th IB World School to achieve authorization. The IB Diploma Programme will help us prepare our students to be future global leaders. As the BETA community joins other IB World Schools on this journey, I can truly say that we are very excited. We will reach out to those in our worldwide network of IB World Schools for guidance and support, in hopes that together, we will build mutual understanding and ultimately a more peaceful world.”

The IB wishes to develop a more diverse, inclusive IB community by enabling access to an IB education, for all students seeking a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum. The IB aims to break down barriers and create an environment such that more students are able to access and benefit from an IB education.