Why IB Magnet?

Why do we advocate for turning Hillsboro High School into an International Baccalaureate Magnet School?

1. An  IB Magnet School fits with the MNPS Thematic Magnet Model.

According to MNPS, a magnet schools offer a special enriched curriculum capable of attracting students from across the county. In addition to teaching core curriculum, the six new thematic magnet schools offer:

  • Project-based Learning
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Inquiry Based Instruction

National studies show that when a student chooses his/her school because of its magnet theme, that student’s heightened interest and commitment produces a higher achievement. These new magnet themes add value to the core curriculum by generating motivation and engagement among all students.

2. Hillsboro Cluster IB Continuum is the first in Tennessee.

The Hillsboro Cluster is the first in the state to offer a full International Baccalaureate education from primary years through high school, entitled the Hillsboro Cluster Continuum.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 8, 2011) – Julia Green Elementary School is the first school within Metro Nashville Public Schools to be authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme developed for students in elementary grades. Julia Green’s PYP authorization completes an IB continuum in the Hillsboro Cluster: one PYP school (Julia Green), three Middle Years Programme schools (J. T. Moore, West End, Hillsboro 9th/10th), and the Diploma Programme at Hillsboro High for grades 11 and 12.

3. The IB program serves the Hillsboro’s International Theme and the International Academies.

The IB Organization is a recognized leader in the field of international education. It is a non-profit, mission-driven foundation founded in 1968, International Baccalaureate works within 3,256 schools in 141 countries to develop and offer three challenging programs to over 941,000 students ages 3 to 19 years.

IB programs are recognized around the world and ensure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.  The curriculum and pedagogy of  IB programmes  focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.

In an IB Magnet high school, the IB method would be used school-wide.  An IB curriculum would strengthen the  international themed academies by offering students the opportunity to acquire an IB Diploma or IB Career-related certificates.  Students who choose not to enroll in an international academy would take the IB liberal arts certificate or diploma path.


What’s so special about an IB education?

What is the IB Continuum?

How does IB compare to AP? 

How does an IB education prepare students for college admission and success?

How have students in Hillsboro’s IB program performed  so far?

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