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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.


IB World SchoolIf 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

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.


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!


Eakin Elementary School Sign

On Wednesday, April 18, Eakin Elementary School was officially named an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School!

Eakin is the second elementary school in the district to house the IB Primary Years Programme, joining Julia Green. The school received a letter from Director Jeff Beard in Geneva, Switzerland, announcing the status of the school. Eakin is now included as one of 3,372 schools in 141 countries offering IB programmes to more than a million students.

“This authorization to offer the IB/PYP at Eakin Elementary affirms that we are on the right path, encouraging our students and community “to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand, that other people with their differences, can also be right,” says Principal Ann-Maria Gleason.


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


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:

  • Students researched the role of St. Jude’s Hospital in the battle of cancer in children. They held a lemonade stand one Sunday and raised more than $500 to donate to the hospital.

  • Another group of students visited the local non-profit group, Room in the Inn and interviewed a homeless person as a result of their inquiry into the issue of Homelessness.

  • Their research on oil spills, led another group of fourth graders to locate businesses in Nashville who recycle oil. They created a brochure to distribute to visitors at the Exhibition.

  • Students researching the lack of education realized that the problem is global. Investigating charities, they selected a charity with a high rating of integrity. The students’ goal is to raise enough money to sponsor a year of education for a student in South Africa.

 Eakin IB Exhibition 2012 - a student who worked on a project for St. Judes  Eakin IB Exhibition 2012 - a student who worked on a project about water


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