For its first six years, the school was known as Sturgis Charter School. In 2004, the Sturgis board changed the school's name to "Sturgis Charter Public School," in keeping with a public relations initiative of the Massachusetts Charter School Association (formerly the Massachusetts Charter School Association). According to the enabling legislation for Massachusetts charter schools, a "charter" school is by statutory definition a public school. Sturgis determined that many people were unaware of this, and thus added the Public for clarity.
Initially approved to serve 540 students, Sturgis trustees in recent years have twice voted to down-size.
As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 326 students and 24.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 13.4.
Students who elect to take the full IB Diploma Program complete a course of studies in six groups. Courses are offered at the Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) All students at Sturgis are required to take IB courses during their junior and senior years, and whether they are required to take the associated IB exam is at the discretion of the instructor (taking the exam is highly encouraged, but not typically required, with a few exceptions); the IB Diploma is earned by students who choose to pursue it.
In the last examination session, students completed the following exams: Biology HL, Biology SL, Chemistry SL, English A1 HL, English A1 SL, Environ.Syst SL, French Ab. SL, French B HL, French B SL, History HL, History SL, Information Technology in Global Society HL, Information Technology in Global Society SL, Latin HL, Latin SL, Math.Studies SL, Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, Music HL, Music SL, Physics HL, Physics SL, Psychology SL, Spanish Ab. SL, Theatre Arts HL, Theatre Arts SL, Theory Knowl. TK, Visual Arts HL and Visual Arts SL.
Students who fulfill all these requirements earn the IB Diploma. Additionally many colleges and universities in the United States and abroad grant credit for students who receive exceptional marks (usually a 6, or 7, sometimes 5 as well) in higher and very occasionally standard level courses, in the same way institutions grant credit for Advanced Placement exams. Some schools only consider offering credit for students who have completed the full IB diploma (such as Amherst College), not simply individual courses. Students who opt not to complete the diploma but who complete and pass some exams can receive certificates, and in some cases earn college credit.
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