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After being considered a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Middle School Programme (MYP IB) track, Sunset Middle School has achieved the authorization as an official IB school. Sunset has been trying for three years now as a candidate, to reach all of the requirements for authorization.
Sunset has been considered a good school by many reviews from many online sources as well as the many parents of the students who attend.
The teachers have only ever spoken highly on the school they work for. Now that the school is recognized as an MYP IB, their reputation and their skill as a middle school only grows. Principal Dawn Macy, while speaking on the IB curriculum said, "An abundance of opportunity," and, "a balanced approach to every child." She admires the idea that every child has the opportunity to participate in every aspect of learning so that no opportunities are denied to them. One of those many aspects was a foreign language. Sunset offers both French and Spanish for the students and an Intro to World Languages which is offered to the incoming 6th graders. This class includes a semester of Spanish and a semester of French so the student gets to decide which language they may want to pursue. Macy had said the program was, "very engaging, quick, quick, quick." The fast pace of this class is considered a positive to students of all learning abilities because it prepares them for the speed of high school.
Matt Coniglio, a language and literature teacher at Sunset, who teaches the upper 7th and 8th graders, said, "Every kid has to do it, there is no separation." He explained he liked that the program offered no separation between the students, which has the ability to lead to negative feelings towards the groups. The MYP IB is an obligation to all of Sunset's students which just adds to how positive the program can be for the school.