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. At CCCHS, we envision the broadest possible access to IB as we see the IB Learner Profile as a model of what we wish for each of our students as they move through CCC towards graduation.

IB Learner Profile

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

As a progressive educational institution, Clearwater Central Catholic is continuously evaluating the opportunities we provide for our students and how those options will prepare them as holistic learners in a global society. We want to ensure that every student can benefit from the student-centered focus of IB.

Our IB Program offerings cover 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 helps 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

What is an IB Education?

Want to know more about what it means to be an IB school? Click the heading just above to check out a short document which highlights the ways in which we approach education here at CCC, and the unique and specialized ways IB helps us to provide a quality learning experience to all students.

The Value of an IB Education

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.

 

CCC IB PROGRAM OF STUDIES

The IB Educational Framework

Contrary to what you may have heard, IB learning is not all about ‘more writing or making the curriculum more difficult.” Instead, the IB educational approach is focused on students developing lifelong-learning skills and confidence to be excited about growing. All courses at CCC aim to foster the following five learning skills:

 1.  Thinking          2.  Research          3.  Communication          4.  Social          5. Self-Management

All courses have the following six pedagogical elements: (1) teaching through inquiry, (2) teaching through concepts, (3) teaching developed in local and global contexts, (4) teaching focused on effective teamwork and collaboration, (5) teaching differentiated to meet the needs of all learners, and (6) teaching informed by assessment.

Continuing Evolution of our Curriculum

Because we believe that all our students have the ability and support to succeed in an IB curriculum, we continue to develop an educational program that aims to meet each and every student where they are today, and it offers them the possibilities for growth. The Course Catalog 2019-2020 presents new courses (IB Computer Science, IB Design IB Technology/Entrepreneurship, IB Music, IB Physics)  that are meant to increase student success. We want all students to know that IB is not an exclusive program, but an approach to education with opportunities for different proficiency levels and diverse expectations or results.

Concrete Adjustments

The following points describe the concrete adjustments that will become effective for students in grade 11 (class 2021) and subsequent classes:

  • All juniors will be taking IB courses for English and Math. These new English and Math courses align to our previous College Prep (CP), Honors (H), Advanced Placement (AP), and IB courses.
  • Juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to take IB courses in all subject areas under the following enrollment options:
  1. Full IB Diploma Program (DP) enrollment – for students on track to earn the IB Diploma – with up to 45 potential college credits – and guaranteed award of the full Bright Futures scholarship upon receiving the Diploma
  2. DP certificate enrollment – for students taking one or more IB courses willing to earn an IB certificate for each course, and potential college credit, but not the full Diploma
  3. DP course enrollment – for students to gain the benefit of the IB course and preparation for college without taking all the IB external assessments
  • Juniors who applied, were accepted, and chose the Full IB DP are already enrolled. Enrollment to Full IB DP is still open.
  • Juniors and seniors who are not Full IB DP will receive directions during the first week of school in August to decide their enrollment option as DP certificate or DP course.

These changes allow every student to improve their educational experience, to add an additional quality point to their GPA, and the possibility to earn college credit at a much lower cost than paying for it in college.

 

Recent IB Experiences at CCC

IB has pushed me further than I ever thought. I was way out of my comfort zone with the program. I have always been an average student, but IB has shown me that I can still do what the above average students can do. It made me more confident in myself and my school work.
~ 2018 IB Graduate

IB helped me be a better, more skillful student. It challenged me to do my research and find my own answers. This is a skill that we are required to use in college. Students in IB are ready for college.
~ 2018 IB Graduate

Our oldest son, who is now in college, says the IB program prepared him for college more than he expected and attributes his current success in college to the CCC IB program. Our son that is currently in the CCC IB program has shown great progress and knowledge in all of his classes and realizes that the rigorous classes are preparing him for his future in college.
~ CCC IB Parent

 

The tenets of the IB program have made my daughter a more mature student and enabled her to synthesize what she has learned both in class as well as on her own, doing experiments and research for papers and the Extended Essay. It has also made her a more confident thinker and writer. More than 700 days ago, she chose to enter into the IB program with us holding our breath. From what I can see on the other side of her experience, IB has better prepared her for the rigors of college.
~ CCC IB Parent

 

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.