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After canceling exams last year, IB eases requirements for full diploma candidates

Then-junior Ella Eseigbe (center) cuts paper during a classroom simulation of a tent-making company in her IB Economics Higher Level 1 class last November. The class’ corresponding exam is just one of the many assessments that IB is modifying for the 2020-21 school year.

Tyler Pak

October 3, 2020

To mitigate the educational challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, the International Baccalaureate [IB] program has modified its curriculum and exams, which many SH students believe will ease their ability to pass their exams in May 2021.  “I feel [the changes] are mostly adequate,...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Audrey Gass graduates high school with a full International Baccalaureate Diploma and straight A’s

Senior Audrey Gass graduates as one of the 12 valedictorians for the class of 2020 at her house on May 20. Photo reprinted with permission from Audrey Gass

Lira Jeong

May 21, 2020

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting.  Question #1: What are your plans after high school? Answer: I plan on taking a gap year in order to finish my hours to get my pilot's license, and then I’m off to Germany for...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Cecilia Lee commits to Yale University after graduating with a full International Baccalaureate diploma

Senior Cecilia Lee is one of the 12 valedictorians for the Class of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Image posted with permission from Cecilia Lee.

Annie Bang

May 19, 2020

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting.  Question #1: What are your plans after high school? Answer: I’m planning on attending Yale University as a molecular, cellular, developmental biology major. ...

School officials plan to upgrade landscaping outside Room 137 with at least two picnic tables for student use

School officials have cleared one section of the ivy outside art teacher Brian Wall’s classroom and have placed a picnic table for students to use during and outside of class time. The $1,500 project, a brainchild of PTSA president Ivonne Wang and principal Allen Whitten, calls for the clearing of the ivy and trees outside Room 137 and up to two picnic tables for students to use. Photo taken by Accolade adviser Tommy Li.

Rachel Yun

May 3, 2020

When students are allowed to return to the Sunny Hills campus again, they could see some new changes outside art teacher Brian Wall’s classroom. The bushes and trees in front of Room 137 have been slated to be replaced with student work spaces in the form of two picnic tables as part of a $1,500 renov...

IB cancels all April and May exams because of coronavirus-related school closures worldwide

Seniors worry about being eligible to receive their International Baccalaureate diploma following the program's decision to cancel all exams this school year. Image taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak

Tyler Pak

April 24, 2020

Unlike the College Board that has gone on to offer a much abbreviated Advanced Placement exam for its various subjects next month, the International Baccalaureate [IB] program has issued a statement canceling all tests between April 30 and May 22, prompting many seniors to feel anxious about receiving...

Coronavirus pandemic will not deter College Board from offering a 45-minute, free response online version for all AP exams

The College Board's March 20 tweet reveals that Advanced Placement testing will still be offered amid the coronavirus crisis -- the earliest in May -- with each subject exam comprising a 45-minute, free-response section instead of a multiple choice that students can take from home. Hand completing a multiple choice exam by Alberto G. 2UqYwRv license under CC BY 2.0

Tyler Pak

March 22, 2020

This story was updated March 24 at 3:17 p.m. with a teacher reaction quote to the College Board's decision about testing students from home. The College Board announced via Twitter on March 20 that it’s developing ways to test students signed up for Advanced Placement [AP] tests from their homes...

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