A high school in East Hartford is making the grade.
U.S. News and World Report has released its annual ranking of the best high schools, and for the second year in a row the top honors in the state go to the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy.
The school has about 200 students, 17 teachers and, according to the principal, the most challenging curriculum in the world.
The school, known as CIBA, is a magnet high school in East Hartford. The name translates directly to “broad balanced curriculum,” a phrase students and faculty pride themselves on every day.
"It means a lot to our students especially because as they apply for colleges this means that their experience here will stand out,” said Principal Caryn Stedman.
"Well really everything is special about it, the kids who go here, the whole curriculum that we have, it's really just a wonderful experience just to be here,” said Ben Maxwell, who is a freshman at the school,
The school’s curriculum is no joke—algorithms, science experiments, and Marxist theories are all topics learned.
"Our students are learning things that many students don't learn until grad school,” Stedman said.
Despite the curriculum, their greatest lesson comes in school diversity. The students come from all over the state, and even from other countries, with fellow peers and teachers welcoming each and every one with open arms.
"It was really wonderful to be part of a program that had so much diversity. There was people of all different cultures, and it really opened up my mind to see all different kinds of people, and all different kinds of beliefs,” said Tara Peng, of Marlborough.
The secret behind their success is a total team effort.
"It's nice to say we're the number one in the state, and I just feel like all the hard work that the students do really just…it pays off,” said student Erin Janty.
"I love coming to work every day, I love our students, I love seeing them, I love their parents, I love my staff, I love working here,” Stedman said.
CIBA was also recognized as the 11th best magnet school in the nation.
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