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Guilford Co. Students Ask School Board For Tougher Courses

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Greensboro, NC -- Dozens of Guilford County high school students showed up to support what they call, "education equality," Thursday night.

Western Guilford High School students organized a bus to go to the Guilford County Board of Education meeting together.

The students are fighting for tougher classes...and they're not crazy.

Students at Western Guilford told WFMY News 2's Lauren Melvin they have three good reasons for it:

-They're being outdone by their peers.
-They're losing classmates.
-Colleges are looking for the best of the best.

"A lot of my peers at my school want to improve, but we're not getting the resources we want to get to improve to do that kind of improvement," said Fares Marayati, a sophomore at Western Guilford.

"I want our school to be looked at just like every other school is," said Robyn Cothran, a junior at Western Guilford.

"It would definitely bring so much more diversity to Western and kids could excel in different programs," said Elizabeth Grady, student body president.

That's why about 35 students showed up to tell the board they need an IB Program at Western Guilford.

And it wasn't the first time. They've asked the board regularly since the beginning of the school year, after realizing at least six classrooms at Western are now empty.

"The fallout is, I feel like we've lost some sense of our community at Western. When you have the multiple numbers of students who go to elementary school with our kids, middle school with our kids, then they all split apart," said Western Guilford Principal Pete Kashubara.

An IB Program stands for International Baccalaureate.

It's a program based in Switzerland, with rigorous standards that prepare students for top notch colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

According to Guilford County Schools, just this school year 137 students have left Western Guilford and enrolled in the IB Program at Grimsley High School instead.

Grimsley, High Point Central, Page and Smith are the only high schools in Guilford County that have an IB Program.

But the school board chairman told WFMY News 2 giving Western the go-ahead for an IB Program isn't easy.

"There are various fees, there are various oversight issues, so there are a number of things...it also takes multiple years of approval and multiple years to implement," said Alan Duncan, chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education.

Duncan said a potential IB Program at Western Guilford is currently being studied by the staff. The staff is supposed to make a recommendation to the school board in April.

WFMY News 2

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