Education Notebook: Mission Bay High Baccalaureate diploma recipients
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Mission Bay High

Congratulations to Mission Bay High School Class of 2015 Full International Baccalaureate diploma recipients: Whitney Bowyer, Heidi Emmengger, Vanessa Figueroa, Teresa Jackson, Katia Kappele, Ariana Linley, Hannah Lobato, Jackson Menezes, Owen Nelson, Nayeli Nova, Bhakti Patel, Maria Reyes Barajas, Adriana Rocha, Milton Rodriguez, Nickolas Schoettle, Priscilla Tamborini, Colin Tandy, and Thanh Thanh Tran.

These students have run the academic marathon at MBHS, taking a substantial number of rigorous college-level, weighted classes, completing 150 CAS hours (community, action and service) and completing a 4,000 word research paper on a topic within the math, science, or history field of study.

These students had to score high enough cumulatively in all coursework and essays to receive the full IB diploma. All essays, classwork, and tests are graded by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Recently the IB Organization conducted independent research about the rate of students who earn the full diploma and immediately attend a four-year university. The research boasted that 85 percent of students worldwide who earn the diploma go directly to a four-year college or university.

At MBHS, 100 percent of the students, for the previous two years who attempted the full diploma, went straight to a four-year college or university regardless of whether they received the full IB diploma or not. All of the full diploma candidates earned certificates in all or some of their college-level IB courses. 

At Mission Bay High School, over half of all juniors and seniors take one or more IB classes, with the percentage growing every year. With the expansion of AP class offerings as well, students have many opportunities to challenge themselves in areas of interest and enhance their preparation for the higher level IB coursework. 

St. Paul’s Lutheran School

- St. Paul’s Lutheran School of Pacific Beach recently announced the addition of Meredith Binnie as their new principal. 

A native Southern Californian, Binnie moved to PB from Lamb of God Lutheran in Las Vegas where she served as vice principal and athletic director. She has also taught primary grades and was a finalist for the Pacific Southwest District Educator of the Year.

“I am thrilled to be a part of an amazing school and the St. Paul’s family, as well as this wonderful community,” Binnie said.

- St. Paul’s is now enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information, visit 

Pacific Beach Elementary

- Pacific Beach Elementary is on Facebook. This summer  the school is featuring PBE families around town and on vacation in their PBE logo wear. Just share your photos with the FOPBE page with the hashtag #PBESummerlove and show what you are up to this summer. 

-Did you know that PBE is going through the exciting process of principal selection? The principal selection panel is comprised of two nominated and selected parents and three teacher/staff representatives. The panel is conducting interviews this month and hope to find a great candidate for the school.

Crown Point Junior Music Academy

- Crown Point Junior Music Academy's Back to School Resource Fair is Thursday, Sept. 3, 3:30 to 6 p.m., 4033 Ingraham St. The Back to School Resource Fair is a fun, family-oriented, community event held at Crown Point Junior Music Academy in Pacific Beach.

There is entertainment; booths operated by local community groups and schools; kids activities; food court, and more. More than 200 people attend the Back to School Resource Fair each year and is open to everyone in the Mission Bay community. Free advertising booths are available. Visit for more information or reach Catalina Valenzuela at

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