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Riverview High selected for new International Baccalaureate initiative

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SARASOTA, Dec. 18, 2017 – Riverview High School has been selected to participate in the International Baccalaureate Excellence and Equity Initiative (E2), a new national program created to promote the inclusion and success of under-represented students in the IB Diploma and Career-related programs, known as DP and CP.

Over the next two years, secondary school leaders and faculty will work to remove barriers to DP or CP participation for under-represented students, create pathways to the DP or CP, and incorporate strategies that are designed to positively impact the success of under-represented students enrolled in the programs. The goal is to empower more students to graduate with the skills and tools needed for post-secondary education and lifelong learning.

Research indicates that less than 1 percent of diverse schools nationwide have advanced programs in which their students reflect the diversity of the overall school population. Research has also shown that the DP and CP programs can empower under-represented groups for college entrance, persistence and success. One of the most compelling studies found that IB Diploma candidates in Chicago Public Schools — low income, minority, first generation college-goers — have not internalized the negative stereotype effect of similar non-IB students.

In fact, the study concluded that “the IB program in Chicago appears to have accomplished something very rare in urban education: it took economically and socially disadvantaged students and radically changed their long-term educational prospects by making them world-class learners with an arsenal of academic skills.” To read more about this study, visit

“We look forward to expanding our DP and CP participation rates in order to prepare more students to find success as life-long learners," said James R. Minor, Riverview IB coordinator, “Our teachers and leaders are excited to increase the impact of an international curriculum in our school community.”

To learn more about E2 and the International Baccalaureate, visit

Riverview High School is located at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.

About Riverview High School

Riverview High School is a four-year comprehensive high school of 2,600 students, located on 51 acres in Sarasota, Florida. Riverview has been recognized as one of the leading schools in Florida and the nation. Based on its challenge index rating (enrollment in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate), Riverview is ranked as one of “America’s Best Schools” and was selected as one of the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” in 2014. The vision of Riverview High School is to create a school community which works together so that all students will reach their highest potential to become life-long learners and responsible citizens by providing quality instruction and a challenging world-class curriculum at a state-of-the art facility.


About the International Baccalaureate

In 2018, the International Baccalaureate (IB) celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Pioneering a movement of international education in 1968, the non-profit foundation now offers four high-quality and challenging educational programs to students ages 3-19. Through a unique curriculum with high academic standards, the IB champions critical thinking and a flexibility for learning by crossing disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries. The IB currently engages with more than 1.4 million students in over 4,775 schools across 153 countries. More information is at


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