Hillsboro first in Tennessee to earn acclaimed international certification

Hillsboro High School has officially been authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certification (IBCC). Hillsboro is the first school in Tennessee and one of the 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.

ICBB 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 approached 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, approachsd 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."