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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:

  • Develop a broad range of career-related competencies and to deepen their understanding in general areas of knowledge

  • Prepare for effective participation in an ever-changing world of work

  • Foster the attributes of the learner profile allowing students to become true lifelong learners willing to consider new perspectives

  • Engage in learning that makes a positive difference to future lives

  • Become a self-confident person ready for life in the 21st century.

Congratulations to Hillsboro IB Coach Stephanie Knight, Metro Schools IB Coach Emily Munn and Dr. Sharon Chaney, who leads the district’s advanced academics programs, on this important development.

To learn more about IB, visit the
IB district webpage. For more information on IBCC, visit the IB website.


Dr. Nicole Cobb, director of school counseling, to share regional input with national organization

This school year Metro Nashville Public Schools will have an insider’s perspective of the College Board, the organization known for its work with Advanced Placement programs and SAT/National Merit Scholars. The national organization has appointed its new crop of College Board Counselor Ambassadors, and MNPS Director of School Counseling Dr. Nicole Cobb was on the very selective list.

“Serving as an Ambassador for College Board will serve Metro Schools as we continue to promote our advanced academic programs and offerings, particularly the National Merit Scholar Program,” said Cobb. “It is really a great honor to be named, but more importantly, it will give us great insight into what’s working in other districts and allow us to share concerns or difficulties directly with the team at College Board.”

Cobb was selected out of a pool of nominees based on herstrong leadership skills, her proven ability to communicate, excellent presentation skills, a firm belief that all students should be college and career ready, the high expectations she holds for all students, and her ability to share personal growth stories with others during her time as a school counselor.

As a College Board Counselor Ambassador, Cobb will serve as a resource to the national organization, sharing feedback on issues felt in the south. She will represent the College Board at various local, regional or national events, and she will support local College Fairs, including the MNPS College Fair that will be held Sept. 27, at LP Field. Cobb will also be trained to lead NOSCA (National Office for School Counselor Advocacy) professional development workshops to MNPS school counselors.

Cobb begins her stint as Ambassador immediately following a training session in October.

About College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org.


Antioch High School to begin International Baccalaureate Feasibility Study

Talk no more! Antioch High School leaders are diving into the IBO World pool, hoping to become Metro Nashville PublicSchools’ third International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Led by new Principal Adrienne Battle-Koger, the school is set to begin a feasibility study this fall.

According to Dr. Battle-Koger, “The Antioch community has long shown interest in IB. Since the Academies have taken off with such success, the leadership team at Antioch is now ready to make the IB dream areality. It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but well worth it in the years to come.”

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme offers high school juniors and seniors an internationally recognized education that is highly regarded by the world’s top colleges and universities, with some offering college credits to students with strong scores in IB courses. Antioch High School will host an information session for families this fall.

IB authorization takes roughly three years, start to finish. Schools must first conduct a feasibility study, which generally takes six months to a year andincludes identification of resources and show of support by key stakeholders. After completion of the feasibility study, Antioch will submit an application forcandidacy. During this time they will train teachers, visit other IB schools and study the program curriculum. The final phase will include submitting an application for authorization, which will include submitting syllabi, more teacher training, and observations by IBO evaluators.

“Our goal is to provide every student with the opportunity to experience a rigorous national or international college preparatory curriculum to complement our nationally recognized academies,” said Jay Steele, associate superintendent of high schools. “When Antioch is authorized, we will have IB Diploma Programmes on the north, west and south sides of the city. We are also expanding our Advanced Placement Scholars program and will soon announce plans for our first Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Diploma program.”

MNPS currently offers the Diploma Programme at Hillsboro High School and HuntersLane High School. The IB Middle Years Programme is offered at Bellevue Middle, Goodlettsville Middle, Neely’s Bend Middle, West End Middle, J.T. Moore Middle, Hunters Lane 9th/10th, and Hillsboro 9th/10th. Julia Green and Eakin elementary schools offer the IB Primary Years Programme.

For more information about the International Baccalaureate Programme, visit www.ibo.org.


Hume-Fogg Magnet High School has been selected by the College Board and Cambridge International Examinations as one of only 20 schools in the world to pilot the new AP® | Cambridge Capstone Program and Credential program. This rigorous new program, which was designed to equip students with knowledge and skills that are increasingly valued by colleges and necessary for life in an interconnected world, combines the in-depth subject matter offered through AP courses and exams with the interdisciplinary global seminar curricula and the assessment of research projects and presentations offered by University of Cambridge International Examinations.

The pilot program, which will determine how the AP | Cambridge Capstone Program and Credential can best be implemented across the range of schools that AP serves, will begin this fall. Hume-Fogg Magnet was selected as a pilot school based on a number of factors including Advanced Placement® participation and performance, and a commitment to providing equitable access to AP for all academically prepared and motivated students.

The College Board and University of Cambridge International Examinations created the AP | Cambridge Capstone Program based on feedback from colleges and universities requesting that high school students develop stronger backgrounds in independent research, collaborative teamwork, and 21st-century knowledge and skills now essential for success on college campuses and in today’s global marketplace.

“The students from Hume-Fogg who participate in the AP | Cambridge Capstone Program will be engaged in some of the most challenging issues facing our world today,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of Advanced Placement and College Readiness for the College Board. “With its concentration on research methodology, global issues and challenges, and team collaboration, this program will enable motivated high school students to take their advanced studies to the next level.”


Julia Green Elementary Student Display 2012 - part of the school's inaugural PYP ExhibitEarlier 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)

Julia Green Elementary Water Walk 2012 - part of the school's inaugural PYP Exhibit


Hillsboro High School is hosting an open house for all rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders (and their parents) interested in learning more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The school's Academy of IBDP is an elite college preparatory program. Check out the flyer for details.

Hillsboro Academy of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Open House

Monday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

Hillsboro Library


Julia Green Elementary School is the first school within Metro Nashville Public Schools to be authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme developed for students in elementary grades.

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