400 IB Students Graduate with Global Perspective
More than 400 high school students graduated from Hillsborough County Public Schools’ International Baccalaureate magnet programs and each school celebrated with an IB Banquet.
The International Baccalaureate Programme is a magnet program that offers a rigorous pre-university course of study that meets the needs of the highly motivated and academically talented ninth through twelfth grade student.
The IB program is offered at Hillsborough, King, Robinson and Strawberry Crest high schools and accepts students entering the ninth grade. In this four-year course of study, students move through two phases in a cohort: Grades 9 and 10 are the pre-diploma Programme, and Grades 11 and 12 make up the IB Diploma Programme.
Nishira Mitchell, Assistant Principal for Magnet Curriculum at King High School shared, “The focus on being well rounded allows the IB Scholar to be global leaders in their way of work, commitment to social justice, equity, and philanthropy.”
In an effort to provide students a global perspective they must also participate in creativity, activity, service (CAS) as part of their IB requirement. CAS allows students to experience real, purposeful activities that shows significant outcomes. Students often choose to host a service project that benefits the community to meet their CAS requirements. Students must submit a project proposal, display at the CAS Fair in the spring of their junior year, attend 3 documented meetings with their CAS advisor, and submit written evidence of 8 Learning Outcomes.
The IB program provides students with the intellectual, social, and critical perspective necessary for the competitive adult world. “The IB philosophy prepares students for life because it speaks to more than academics....it speaks to the values we hope to instill in young people so that they can do their part to create a better and more peaceful world,” said Tiffany Ewell, Assistant Principal for Magnet Curriculum at Strawberry Crest High School.
While there are many demands on an IB student they also make time to be well-rounded by participating in extracurricular activities, athletics and clubs. This is most evident through the array of college acceptances IB students receive.
Before the students take their many accomplishments and head off to college each school participates in a bit of tradition – the IB Banquet.
All four of the participating high schools hosted an IB Banquet for students and their families. Robinson High School Assistant Principal for Magnet Curriculum Brian Hoover reflected on the IB Banquet. Hoover said, “The IB banquet is a time where students can reflect on the incredible journey they undertook four years ago and have now completed.” An evening where students and their families come together one last time to celebrate the accomplishments and friendships forged. “It is a fitting celebration for students who have worked so hard,” said Hillsborough High School IB counselor Dan Driscoll.View Full Album