International Baccalaureate Program
A record 73 juniors and seniors are now enrolled in CCC's IB program.
Clearwater Central Catholic High School is pleased to announce that CCC’s International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator, Mr. Alan Hamacher, was elected as the Chair-elect of the Diploma Program Board of the Florida League of International Baccalaureate Schools. The Florida League of International Baccalaureate Schools, a statewide organization made up of all authorized IB schools in Florida, fosters excellence in international education for students in our region.
IB Class of 2013
CCC IB Juniors and Seniors at IB Recognition Night - November 2012
Graduates -- IB Class of 2012
"in contrast to earlier work where I portrayed the history of tragedy and loss, my current work focuses on the theme of rebirth, unity and emotion expressed in the aftermath of tragedy. It captures an observation and awareness. My theme expresses the beauty and power of emotion whether it is joyous or depressing."
IB Program at CCC Grows to 125 Students
2011 IB Visual Arts Exhibition
- Breann Walters '11
Click for the entire exhibit featuring works and artist statements from Class of 2011 IB Visual Arts students Caleigh Bean, Morgan Brochetti, Jacob Engelman, Nicole Grieco, Natalia Jaminska, Nicholas Johnson, Tina Kalke, Alexandra Laessig, Kelsey List, Sophie Newman, Chelsea Roldan, Francois Sezional-Basilicato, Kayla Tasker, Oceane Vincent and Breann Walters.
Clearwater Central Catholic High School is approved by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization and thereby offers its students an advanced degree in high school education. CCC joins the world’s most prestigious secondary schools in certifying its students for university placement, not only in the United States, but worldwide. The IB is the only globally recognized high school degree and will prepare CCC students for an internationalized. CCC is the only private educational institution in Pinellas County to be approved for this program.
In offering a curriculum focused on an international education, this program includes: mastery of a second language, Theory of Knowledge classes that teach students critical thinking, along with more traditional science and fine arts classes. In addition, students with an IB diploma will usually receive approximately 30 college credit hours, a large financial incentive for students who are already motivated to do well academically.
Dr. John A. Venturella, president of CCC, says: “The IB Program is a proven entity with more than 500,000 graduates. Universities and colleges throughout the world recognize the high academic standards of the IB Program and the edge it gives students in the competitive world of higher education.”
The International Baccalaureate Program was established in 1968 by a group of schools looking to create a common curriculum for geographically mobile students. The founders of the program felt that designing a curriculum that emphasized critical thinking and an exposure to various points of view would promote an intercultural understanding among young people. The IB Program requires a service component as well, enabling the students to focus on life outside the immediate academic environment. It is also recognized that the general student body of a school benefits, as the SAT scores and overall grade point averages improve in a school that offers the IB Program.