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Going global to meet a college dream

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International Baccalaureate graduate Darrell Bennett is completing his first year at Harvard Law School. (Courtesy of Christopher Clark)

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What started out as a program of elite high schoolers for children of expatriate families is now a crucial stepping stone for public school students across the U.S. The International Baccalaureate program, which turns 40 this year, has expanded its highly regarded curriculum into about 800 public schools -- giving a growing number of students their first real shot at getting into a good college.