Case studies

Learn more about the IB Excellence and Equity Initiative (E2) through these case studies.

Case study 1: Rainier Beach High School

A number of obstacles stood in the way of implementing the programme, says DP coordinator Colin Pierce, who helped start up the DP at the school and had experience as a coordinator. Many adults and students had preconceptions of what DP students looked like, Pierce says, and that image did not include low-income students and those who had recently learned English. As a result, Pierce says, Rainier Beach had to get adults, including teachers and parents, to understand any biases they might have that would make them think certain groups of students were incapable of succeeding in DP courses. The school also had to help students believe in themselves.

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Case study 2: Fridley High School

 Fridley sees its mission as preparing all students for a postsecondary education. Although not every student will go to university, the exposure to the content and skills provides benefits in the long run, says DP coordinator Jessica Baker. “The question was more like why wouldn’t we want all students to be a part of this?” Baker says. “It’s a matter of access – we didn’t want to deny any student the opportunity for something that brings them a benefit.”

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