Rainier Beach IB coordinator Colin Pierce and students Tavares Tagaleo’o and Christian Capers answered reader questions during a live chat on Friday.

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What does it take for a struggling school like Rainier Beach to implement a demanding curriculum like International Baccalaureate? What other factors have contributed to Beach’s dramatically improved graduation and enrollment rates?

Rainier Beach IB coordinator Colin Pierce, students Tavares Tagaleo’o and Christian Capers, and former PTSA president Carlina Brown-Banks addressed these questions and more in a live chat with readers on Friday, March 20. Scroll down to watch a replay of the conversation.

The chat is tied to reporter Claudia Rowe’s March 17 story about Rainier Beach’s IB program.