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IB Students in Hillsborough Continue to Outpace Students Around the World

July 08, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

IB Students in Hillsborough Continue to
Outpace Students Around the World

Diploma Rates Released – Including Historic Passing Rate for One School

Tampa, Fla. – (July 8, 2019) – Students in Hillsborough County Public Schools’ four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes are once again proving that they measure up to – and exceed – the performance of students around the world.

The IB diploma rates were recently released and our district’s four IB Diploma Programmes collectively had one of their most successful years ever – once again topping last years’ national numbers.

Every senior in the IB program at Strawberry Crest High School in Dover graduated with an IB diploma, giving the school a 100% passing rate – a first for Strawberry Crest High School and only the second time in our district’s history (Robinson High School, 2015). Strawberry Crest increased its diploma rate by 2 points, moving from a 98% last year.

Here is the rest of the breakdown by school:

  • Hillsborough High School achieved a diploma rate of 82% – far above the national and global levels
  • King High School went up 3 points over last year, reaching a 96% diploma rate – they had the most IB diplomas earned and the most IB tests taken in our district and have exceeded a 91% rate for 7 consecutive years
  • Robinson High School had a 90% diploma rate – making this their 6th consecutive year reaching a 90% or higher diploma rate

“Our students, families and educators at each of these schools worked very hard to reach this amazing level of success. These diploma rates are unheard of in the world of IB education, nationally and globally,” said Bob Cox, Hillsborough Schools’ Supervisor of Magnet Programs.

According to the International Baccalaureate Organization, last year the U.S. IB diploma rate was 65.6% and the global IB diploma rate was 78.18%. These national and global numbers are currently being tabulated and updated for this year. However, the success of our district’s IB Diploma Programmes as compared to other programmes nationally and globally continues to be impressive.

“I want to congratulate our students, families and staff who are part of our IB programmes. Earning an IB diploma sets these students apart from others as they apply to universities. These students have proven they can handle demanding workloads and can meet the high expectations placed on them, which will set them up for success in college and in the workforce,” said Jeff Eakins, Hillsborough Schools Superintendent.

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 earn hours in service to 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, participating in school clubs, sports, jobs, friendships and other activities.



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