The International Baccalaureate Programme
Clinton’s high school is not being built from scratch. We have more than 25 years of experience as the first-choice middle school in District 2. We’re building on this track record of success—in curriculum development, in attracting teaching professionals who have a passion for their content and working with adolescents, and in developing a positive, close-knit school culture that values independent thinkers. Adding one grade at a time allows us to plan and develop it with the input of students, faculty, and parents.
We are offering the International Baccalaureate (IB)* Diploma Programme (DP), and were authorized as an IB World School in December 2016. 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.
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. Students also engage in a survey of Spanish language and literature in 10th grade. 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, Computer Science, Biology, Environmental Science, Math, and Spanish, 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” 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.
For further information about the IB, visit http://www.ibo.org
For our upper grades course catalog, including the IB curriculum, click here.