Alameda students pass through continuum of excellence

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Alameda High School students who take the stage at Boettcher Concert Hall on May 21 to receive their diplomas will also be accomplishing a first for the school.

Members of the 2013 graduating class will be the first students who completed the entire International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum program, from elementary school through high school.

The IB continuum begins in elementary school with the primary years program, then moves on to the middle years program in grades 7 through 10, and finishes up with the diploma program for high school juniors and seniors.

The program begins at Patterson Elementary, continues on at O’Connell Middle School and finishes at Alameda.

“The Alameda area is the only one that has the entire continuum,” said Principal Susie Van Scoyk. “Not only that, but Alameda and O’Connell are the only high school and middle schools that have the authorized IB program.”

This past school year is another banner year for graduate rates. Alameda has increased its graduation rate from 74 to 89 percent, which was the highest increase in all the local Lakewood schools.

Alameda has plenty to be proud of this year. Not only did graduates do extremely well in both academics and athletics, but arts and extracurricular activities also performed extremely well for the school.

Senior Stephen Sautel took the top prize in both creative storytelling and humorous interpretation at the Colorado High School Activities Association’s (CHSAA) tournament at Heritage High School Jan. 25-26.

Van Scoyk also added that the school’s instrumental music program made some great leaps forward this year.

“We have a very well-rounded class, and that’s a part of the IB program,” she said.

“We want to strengthen the individual talents of each students, but also make sure they work in other areas, as well. We’re really seeing our philosophy being realized in the actions of the students.”