Benefits of 6-12 and the IB Diploma Programme

Starting in the 6th grade, Clinton prepares students for college. Clinton faculty work with students over the course of seven years, teaching them to be lifelong learners. As one unified 6-12 school, with a shared vision, resources, and leadership, we can ensure that students have as powerful an experience in high school as they do in our middle school.

Clinton’s middle grades academic program, regarded for its rigor, has two distinguishing features. One, we offer more arts than is typically found in a school, with students moving between visual arts and music. Two, we use a programming mechanism called Triple E, which stands for Enrichment, Extended Learning Time, and Electives. We continue the successful Triple E in high school classes. Please feel free to ask us about this at an open house or tour.

Our middle grades use an original curriculum and focus on building literacy across content areas, developing critical thinking, and learning how to learn together.  Because we focus on building students’ abilities to think and communicate logically and analytically, our students excel in reading, writing, and math. 

Clinton teachers know the students well and collaborate with their colleagues to challenge each student at his or her current level from 6th through 12th grades.

In December 2016, we were authorized as an IB World School, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB)* Diploma Programme (DP).  IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering high-quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision.

The International Baccalaureate, a globally recognized honors program, provides challenging academics paired with a social and emotional framework for developing balanced, well-rounded students. Our upper grades program is built as an “International Baccalaureate for ALL” model, with students completing NYS Regents requirements by the end of 10th grade in order to participate in all IB courses in 11th and 12th grades. 

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By the end of 10th grade, students are expected to pass coursework and exams for Regents Algebra 1, Living Environment, Chemistry, Geometry, U.S. History, and English. Those pursuing university programs in a STEM field have the option of taking physics. 

In the 11th and 12th grades, Clinton students will be in the Diploma Programme. They will take a mix of the following higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) courses: Film, History, Language and Literature, Biology, Math, Environmental Systems and Society,  Spanish, Theater, and Visual Arts, with a minimum teaching time of 150 hours in SL courses and 240 hours in HL courses. All IB Diploma candidates will be expected to complete an Extended Essay, the Theory of Knowledge course, and engage in a Creativity, Action, and Service  (CAS) project.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

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