Antioch High School to offer International Baccalaureate in 2015-16
Nine Metro schools in three clusters now offer the advanced academic program
Antioch High School has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, making it the third high school to offer the internationally recognized advanced academic program in Metro Schools. Antioch can begin offering IB classes in the upcoming 2015-16 school year, with the first graduating class of IB Diploma students expected in 2017.
This expansion means IB is available in three geographic clusters, making it accessible to students in the northern half of Davidson County at Hunters Lane High School, western and central parts of the county at Hillsboro High School and now South Nashville at Antioch.
“This is another major step forward in offering high-level academics for high achieving students in all schools, not just a few magnets,” said Dr. Jesse Register, director of schools at the time of Antioch's IB authorization. “Through IB, Cambridge, Advanced Placement and dual enrollment, Metro students have the opportunity to reach higher and challenge themselves through advanced academic programs no matter where they live or go to school. Expanding these opportunities is one of our proudest accomplishments in Metro Schools.”
IB schools share a common philosophy and a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education. They aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who can help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. IB programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.
The IB authorization process has been ongoing at Antioch for three years. It is rigorous and thorough, with stringent inspections, interviews and curriculum review. Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic tracks, all of which are available in Metro Schools:
- Primary Years Programme (PYP)
- Julia Green Elementary School
- Eakin Elementary School
- Middle Years Programme (MYP)
- Bellevue Middle Prep
- Goodlettsville Middle Prep
- Hillsboro High School 9thand 10th grades
- Hunters Lane High School 9thand 10th grades
- T. Moore Middle Prep
- West End Middle Prep
- Diploma Programme (DP)
- Antioch High School
- Hillsboro High School
- Hunters Lane High School
- International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP)
- Hillsboro High School
This is just the latest major accomplishment for Antioch High School, which earlier this year was the first zoned Metro high school to be classified as a Reward School by the Tennessee Department of Education. This means it ranks in the top five percent of all schools in Tennessee for academic growth.
“We have been working very hard to be able to provide this excellent educational opportunity to our community,” said Antioch Executive Principal Dr. Adrienne Battle Koger. “Nashville’s students deserve the chance to prove themselves in rigorous academic programs that will prepare them for success in college and life. IB is a perfect fit for Antioch because it not only gives our kids that opportunity, but it brings an internationally-focused curriculum to a school and community that is already very international in its make-up. We are excited for our students to seize on this opportunity and earn their IB diplomas.”
Antioch High School was also named a 2015 Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education, and Dr. Koger was awarded the prestigious Field Award for outstanding school leadership from the University of Tennessee. All four of Antioch’s Academies have been designated as national models by the National Career Academy Coalition. In addition to adding IB classes next year, Antioch will further its international focus by being one of the first schools in Tennessee to offer Arabic language classes, including heritage Arabic for native speakers.
Frequently Asked Questions About IB at Antioch
When will IB classes begin to be offered at Antioch High School? Antioch High School will begin offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme classes this year, 2015-16.
Can my student sign up for the IB Diploma Programme now? How do students register for classes? Yes, students should contact their Academy Counselors regarding interest in enrolling in the IB Diploma Programme.
What grade levels are eligible? The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two year program available for juniors and seniors.
What courses will be available? The following courses will be available in the IB Diploma Programme at Antioch High School during the 2015-2016 school year:
- IB Language: Literature
- IB Biology
- IB Math Studies
- IB Theatre
- IB History of the Americas
- IB Spanish, Language B
- IB Theory of Knowledge
What are suggested courses for 8th, 9th or 10th grade students interested in enrolling in the IB Diploma Programme?
- 8th grade - High School Credit Integrated Math I, Spanish
- 9th grade - AP World History, Spanish IIH, Geometry H
- 10th grade - AP Human Geography, Spanish IIIH, Algebra II H
How do I get more information? If you are interested in learning more about the IB Diploma Programme at Antioch High School, please check our website at www.antiochhs.mnps.org.
Will there be a meeting about the IB program? An IB forum will be held on July 23 at 6:00pm in the media center of Antioch High School for students, parents and community members interested in learning more about our programme.