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East Hilsborough gains IB school



Here's welcome news to families living in east Hillsborough:

School officials are planning an International Baccalaureate program at Strawberry Crest High, which opens in August. This marks the first IB high school in east Hillsborough.

But not everyone in the eastern county is getting a break from the long drive. Students living in the South Shore area will stay zoned for the IB program at King High School in Temple Terrace.

The district has more details on the IB boundary lines by middle school attendance zones. The first application period for all choice programs, including the IB magnet, opened today.

Strawberry Crest is the fourth high school in Hillsborough to gain a popular IB program. A maximum of 125 students will be admitted in each ninth-grade class until the program is full. Hillsborough will have to apply for IB status, as it has in the past.

"We don’t anticipate any problems at all," said Susan King, Hillsborough's magnet supervisor. "Been there, done that."

-- Letitia Stein, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:10am]


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