IB Program 2018-04-12T16:53:46+00:00

Welcome To the International Baccalaureate Program at Clearwater Central Catholic High School

The IB program at CCC is meant to offer both opportunity and challenge to our students, while at the same time, providing them with support and the promise of success in a caring and nurturing Catholic environment.

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) covers all the core courses in a regular educational program and then takes the student one step further. Beyond intellectual rigor and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship so that the IB student may become a critical and compassionate thinker, lifelong learner, and an informed participant in local and world affairs. IB students develop the social and critical perspective necessary for success in the world today. The IB Program provides a broad education while still allowing a student to specialize in an area of particular interest, and is recognized by colleges and universities who award credit based on their admissions criteria.

The Value of an IB Education

The IB Learner Profile outlines the kind of student and person we wish all CCC students to become, and meshes quite well with our school’s philosophy and mission statement.

Research suggests that there are many benefits to choosing the DP. The program aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. Click here to view CCC’s IB Page.  Click here for more detailed Diploma Program information.

IB is…

  • a full program of studies designed to create a well-rounded experience.
  • a program with students involved in sports, activities and clubs.
  • a chance for all students to excel in high school and college.
  • evaluated not just from tests, but from regular course work.
  • a program that can automatically qualify students for Bright Futures and
  • at least 30 college credits.

IB is not…

  • just some really hard classes.
  • a program that leaves no time for activities.
  • so hard on you that only the very top students can survive.
  • simply all or nothing…students who do not receive an IB Diploma still can earn up to 27 college credits.

A Typical IB Student:

  • is hardworking
  • is self-motivated
  • has a positive attitude
  • makes a serious commitment to academic excellence
  • will be prepared for the college experience
  • will have the opportunity to earn college credit
  • is involved in extra-curricular activities


Grades 9 – 10
Incoming freshmen are asked to state their interest in possibly entering IB when applying for admission.  Instead of placing these students in classes that are overly stressful, CCC strives to place incoming 9th graders in the appropriate classes to enable them to learn, thrive and grow in their unique, individual ways.  We do not separate out freshmen interested in IB from others in their ninth grade class.

Rising sophomores are encouraged to challenge themselves by striving to earn placement in multiple honors level classes if they have not already had them as freshmen.  These courses can help to better prepare underclassmen for the rigor of IB.  However, there is no certain minimum number of honors courses required for admission to IB.

Admissions Criteria
Rising juniors at CCC are able to apply for admission to the IB Diploma Program based on the following criteria:

  • unweighted GPA of 3.0 or above
  • grades and standardized test scores
  • recommendations from teachers
  • good attendance and behavior record

Grades 11-12

The IB Diploma Program itself only encompasses the junior and senior years.  During these two years the IB student will follow the prescribed IB curriculum in the areas of English, World Languages and Social Studies. In addition, there are several differing Math tracks depending upon previous math experience. This allows for flexibility in opening up the IB opportunity to more students. In Science, students can choose between Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science (or some combination of these). In Arts, IB courses include Visual Arts and Theatre.


Students in IB continue to master skills and gain experience that is highly valued by colleges. In looking at strength of schedule for admissions, most colleges and universities see IB as an excellent predictor of success in college. Thus statistics demonstrate that colleges accept IB students at higher rates than non-IB students.

Many colleges and universities award credit for students who have successfully completed an IB program. The Florida state university system may award up to 45 credit hours for students who receive an IB diploma.

Finally, students who receive an IB diploma are guaranteed the Florida Academic Scholar award of Bright Futures (the top level available) regardless of SAT or ACT score.

Why Enroll In the IB Diploma Program?

IB Graduate Experiences

I wouldn’t change anything about my last two years at CCC in IB. IB really is worth it in the long run. I’m confident that after all the time and effort in IB we are completely prepared for college and have an upper hand over many of our fellow college students. I am especially thankful now that I have received my IB diploma and 31 college credits at UF!
~ Alex Alberdi, IB Salutatorian

I received 43 IB credits at the University of Florida from my IB scores. Adding in credit for AP and Dual Enrollment courses, I totaled 59 applicable college credits. Because of IB English and History, I meet the Gordon Rule Writing requirements as well as the math requirement through IB Math. All of my general education requirements are covered, and because of my Spanish score I also meet the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement.
~ Sophie Newman, IB Valedictorian

I received 42 credits from IB, and 3 from Dual Enrollment World Religions for a total of 45 college credits at the University of Florida. For chemistry, I got lab credit so I do not have to do the Chemistry 1 Lab. I also have all my requirements completed for the Gordon Rule.
~ Olivia Kellin

Recent CCC IB graduates are currently enrolled in these colleges and universities:

  • Auburn University
  • Boston College
  • College of William and Mary
  • Cornell University
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Pepperdine University
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tampa

For more information contact Mr. Alan Hamacher, IB Program Coordinator, (727) 531-1449 ext. 366 or email him at: ahamacher@ccchs.org.