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Nashville’s Hillsboro High first in Tennessee to earn IB career certification

Hillsboro High School has officially been authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Hillsboro is the first school in Tennessee and one of just 27 schools nationwide to receive this certification from the IB organization in The Hague. “Having the IB career-related certificate will further Hillsboro High students on their academic and career paths so every graduate is college and career ready,” said Jay Steele, Metro Schools’ chief academic officer.

IBCC will increase access to Hillsboro’s IB education and provide a flexible learning framework to meet students’ needs. For IBCC students, IB Diploma Programme courses will provide theoretical and academic rigor. Career-related studies support the program’s academic strength and provide practical, real-world approaches to learning. To earn the IBCC, students must complete their chosen academy pathway and IB courses in addition to the IBCC core, which are: language development, approaches to learning course, reflective project, and community and service.

Hillsboro High’s class of 2015 will be the first to be able to earn the IBCC.

“We’re thrilled to add the IBCC to our IB program offerings. As a wall-to-wall academy school, we really feel this is the perfect union between career academies and IB curriculum,” said Allison Delano Bateman, Hillsboro’s IBCC coordinator. “The Hillsboro faculty and staff worked for months to meet the rigorous IBCC standards of practice.”

Hillsboro High School is one of two Metro Nashville high schools to offer the IB Diploma Programme. The other is Hunters Lane High School.  Eakin Elementary, Julia Green Elementary, Bellevue Middle, Goodlettsville Middle, J.T. Moore Middle, Neely’s Bend Middle and West End Middle offer IB programs targeted to younger learners.

About IBCC As the IB’s fourth programme, the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC) provides a comprehensive link between the academic challenge of the Diploma Programme and the international-mindedness of the IB classroom into a tailored, career-focused pathway. The IBCC is an innovative education framework for students aged 16 to 19 incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The aim of the IBCC is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce