Norte Vista High School

24% of the students at Norte Vista are involved in IBNV. 2010 was the first year where all three generations of IBNV students were tested on CSTs and the school saw an API increase from 641 to 683 (+42). This was followed-up by an API growth from 683 to 712 (+29) in 2011. Since 2007, we have increased the number of AP exams administered by 55% (from 329 to 510). In addition to the 510 AP exams given in 2011, we also administered 358 IB exams. When combining AP and IB exams, we have increased the number of students taking college-level examinations by 163% (329 to 868). While increasing the participation rate so greatly, we’ve also increased our overall pass rate from 28% in 2007 to 35% in 2011. The first two graduating classes from IBNV have averaged three acceptances letters each. From one student being accepted to UCLA in the class of 2009, we have grown to become a school where 28 students have been accepted since. IBNV student representation is all over the US (and even outside) at schools like Boston University, Bucknell University, Cornell University, Franklin University Switzerland, NYU, Oklahoma University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Miami, University of New Haven, University of Pennsylvania and USC. We’ve been chosen to study as one of seven schools in the United States for a research project funded by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. Our IB program will be a part of a book called Building on Assets: Language, Culture and Community. The AP/IB program at Norte Vista was chosen as a 2012 Model of Academic Excellence for Riverside County.

Shawn Marshall, IB Coordinator

Norte Vista High School
Alvord Unified School District
Riverside, California

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