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Largo High School now IB-authorized

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

Largo High School earned the official International Baccalaureate authorization, Pinellas County School District officials announced Monday.

The International Baccalaureate Organization is a global non-profit education foundation. It offers various programs to students to help them study, work and succeed in the globalized society.

About 100 students at Largo High attend the IB program. They enrolled before it became officially authorized.

"Our first two classes took a chance, and we thank them for having faith in what we were trying to do," said Brad Finkbiner, Largo High School principal. "They are part of creating a brand new IB program, and that is something they should be very proud of."

It took the school three years of planning and reviews to receive the authorization. The school now joins Palm Harbor University High School and St. Petersburg High School becoming the third certified in Pinellas County.

Michael A. Grego, superintendent for Pinellas County Schools, congratulated the school on this achievement.  

"Your dedication and hard work will have long-lasting benefits for students today and in the future," he said.

According to the foundation's website, over a million students at 3,568 schools in 145 countries are enrolled in IB programs. 

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