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IB Students from Hillsborough County Public Schools Continue to Dominate

July 05, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (July 5, 2018) – Once again, Hillsborough County Public Schools High School International Baccalaureate (IB) students rank higher than their peers nationwide and around the world, as seen by recently released IB diploma rates.

The district’s four IB Diploma Programmes continued to achieve at an exemplary level and displayed the intense level of commitment necessary for success.

These schools’ level of success has become an impressive trend as HCPS IB diploma rates for Seniors in the IB Diploma Programmes have ranged from 92% to 100% over the last five years.

Here is the breakdown by school:

  • Hillsborough High School maintained an achievement level in the mid-90’s yet again with a diploma rate of 94%
  • King High School raised its diploma rate to 93%, up a point over last year
  • Robinson High School increased its diploma rate by 2 points, reaching 97%
  • Strawberry Crest High School also heightened its diploma rate by 2 points, moving from a 96% level last year to 98% this year

According to the International Baccalaureate Organization, last year the U.S. IB diploma rate was 66.69% and the global IB diploma rate was 78.40%. These national and global numbers are currently being tabulated and updated for this year. However, the success of HCPS IB Diploma Programmes as compared to other programmes nationally and globally continues to be impressive.

To receive an IB diploma, a student must pass oral and written exams at the end of their Senior year, pass courses, and maintain a high Grade Point Average throughout their 4-year IB career. They must also serve their community and write an extended length college-level essay. Students must accomplish all of the above while also living the life of a high school student, with school clubs, sports, jobs, friendships and other activities.

This commitment to the program is rewarded greatly, as attaining the IB diploma garners the attention of college admission directors at prestigious universities around the country.

“The level of success we see right here in our district as compared with the nation and the globe is nothing short of amazing and is a testament to the strength of the programs we have across our district. These students are better able to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet expectations placed on them. All of those traits will be necessary in college and in the work force,” said Jeff Eakins, Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools.


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