This year marks the second year that Humble High School has been offering the International Baccalaureate Program. The program is an internationally-advanced education program offered in schools in more than 130 countries in the world. Humble is one of only 615 high schools in the country, and 1,783 in the world to offer this program. The IB program is funded using the High School Allotment monies given by the Texas Government to be allocated towards college readiness programs. Unlike the current Advanced Placement courses offered in schools, the IB program encourages extremely in-depth thinking and understanding of subjects as well as world issues. There are currently 128 students enrolled in the IB program at Humble, including 32 seniors. Another advantage to the program is that it is a great program for college readiness. Along with taking courses, the students in the program also participate in various community services, including working with a group of optometrists who take used glasses to Mexico to give glasses to people who can’t afford them. The students made green prototype containers for the glasses to be sold to raise money. As well as community service, the students also participate in trips all over the world, including a trip to Costa Rica, and a trip they will be making later this year to England. Any student with the interest and motivation to engage in a more challenging, demanding and rewarding education need only apply for the program. Applications are currently being accepted, but program director, Dr. Keri Fovargue, asks that interested applicants wait until next semester to apply as it is closer to the deadline and decision making time in March. Since the program consists of only the 11th and 12th grade years, only those students who will be entering the 9th through the 11th grades next year can apply. Also, those students that wish to participate in the program need to complete all their state required courses in their 9th and 10th grade years because the program fills up most of the students schedule. Students are still able to participate in extra curricular activities offered at the school. Students that attend other schools in the district are also able to transfer into the program. For more information on the IB program at Humble High School visit www.humbleisd.net and click on the blue IB Program link. Photo: The students met to eat at Chili’s on a special day when the restaurant donated 100 percent of profits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of Chili’s fifth annual Create-A-Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer campaign. Humble High School’s International Baccalaureate program offers a rigorous college-preparatory education that emphasizes an international perspective, service learning and critical thinking. Students throughout Humble ISD may apply to the International Baccalaureate program. Enjoying the event were Arnulfo Navarro (left, from front) and Nicolas Serna-Hincapie and (right, from front) Jamie Dvorak and Celeste Garza.

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