Hillsboro High School is deepening its commitment to International Baccalaureate, applying for another IB certification that would give even more choices to students.
Officials at Hillsboro submitted an application to become an IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC) candidate. An IB-appointed committee will visit the school this spring to assess the school’s readiness to offer this IB certificate, which launched internationally in 2010.
What is the IBCC, you ask? It's another track for students seeking an IB diploma that allows students to:
If you've wondered what all the fuss is about with International Baccalaureate, you'll get answers and then some next Tuesday at Hillsboro High School.
Hillsboro is hosting an IB Information Night for everyone in Nashville to learn more about this presigious, internationally recognized academic program. There will be displays of student projects, sessions about the Middle Years and Diploma IB Programmes, and an in-depth panel discussion about how colleges view an IB diploma.
Come see why Hillsboro cluster schools are the best option for your child. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
5:30 p.m. - 7:35 p.m.
Hillboro High School
Antioch High School to begin International Baccalaureate Feasibility Study
Four of the district's IB experts traveled to the International Baccalaureate (IB) World Conference not just to learn, but to teach others.
Dr. Terry Shrader, principal at Hillsboro High School; Emily Munn, IB Coach; Stephanie Knight, IB Coordinator at Hillsboro; and Dr. Sharon Chaney, the MNPS Director of Advanced Academics, gave a presentation detailing how the district was able to seamlessly integrate the International Baccalaureate program with the Academies of Nashville model that has transformed our high schools in the district.
Hillsboro has the Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which has a 100% graduation rate and 97% post-secondary enrollment rate.
We are so proud to have these four represent the district and this program at an international conference!
Earlier this spring, Julia Green Elementary hosted its first annual PYP Exhibition. The PYP Exhibition is a culminating showcase of the Primary Years Programme International Baccalaureate experience. It gives the fourth-grade students an opportunity to present what they have learned through student-driven collaborative inquiry into a topic they have chosen. In addition to the inquiry, the students develop an action plan based on the knowledge they have gained through the inquiry process. This year, the central idea behind the exhibition was “People’s Contributions Make a Difference.” Students investigated topics such as animal rights, childhood obesity, the need for clean water, hunger, homelessness, and the importance of education. They researched the lives of people who have made a contribution in that field, and drew inspiration from the differences that were being made by those people. As a result of that inspiration, they developed a plan to raise awareness and support for their cause. Students created displays, brochures, bookmarks, donation information for local non-profits, or activities to raise awareness.
The group that researched the need for clean water created a “water walk.” During the walk, participants carried large containers of water around an area to simulate the experience of walking to a water source and carrying water back to your home. (pictured below)
As an International Baccalaureate Candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP), Eakin Elementary presented its first IB Exhibition this spring. Leading up to the event, Eakin fourth graders conducted extensive small group research that encompassed the theme: “Opportunities Depend on Available Resources”. For an IB school, the Exhibition is a culminating experience that gives students the opportunity to share with teachers, parents and fellow students what they learned. The most important and distinguishing features of the Exhibition are the processes of inquiry and the action the students then take because of their learning.
Some examples of this inquiry and action in practice are: