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What is International Baccalaureate?

International Baccalaureate (IB) is a world-wide educational programme that prepares students for university level work, while also developing them as critical thinkers and active participants in their local and global communities. Beyond academic preparation, the IB’s mission is to create a better world through education. This philosophy is captured in the Mission Statement of IB:

“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 programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. ”

This mission is also translated into a set of outcomes for students, encapsulated in the IB Learner Profile.

The IB Programme strives to develop students who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Balanced
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Principled
  • Reflective

Further information about IB can be found at their website: www.ibo.org .


What is Clemente’s status as an IB school?

Roberto Clemente Community Academy is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme, Middle Years Programme, and IB Career-related Certificate.  This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Roberto Clemente Community Academy believes is important for our students.

As an IB Candidate School, we are implementing instruction based on the IB Middle Years framework in all 9th and 10th grade classes and offering students a full range of academic and service opportunities, including the Personal Project in 10th grade.  Based on our projected timeline for authorization, our current sophomores (class of 2017) will be able to participate in the Diploma Programme or IB Career-Related Certificate program when they reach their junior year (pending final authorization).

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org

Does this mean that Clemente is no longer a neighborhood school?

Absolutely not! While we do have students applying to enroll at Clemente from outside our attendance boundaries, we are still admitting all neighborhood students who would normally attend Clemente. Our goal is to be a comprehensive neighborhood high school, able to serve all of the diverse students in our community. Upon authorization, all freshmen and sophomores will be part of the IB Middle Years Programme. Both neighborhood and application students have the ability to enter the honors track in 9th grade, preparing them for the IB Diploma Programme. Additionally, we plan to meet the needs of all students by offering multiple pathways in 11th and 12th grade, including the IB Diploma Programme, IB Career-related Certificate, and traditional Career & Technical Education. The principles of the IB Learner Profile and curriculum framework will infuse all classes at Clemente, ensuring that every student benefits.


Academic Pathways at Clemente

All 9th and 10th grade students will participate in the IB Middle Years Programme, consisting of instruction within the IB framework, community service, and the Personal Project. An honors option is available for those who are ready for accelerated coursework in preparation for the IB Diploma Programme.

During their sophomore year, students will choose from various pathways for completing their education at Clemente:

Diploma Programme: a comprehensive and challenging pre-university program for academically advanced and highly motivated students in grades 11 and 12. Students will take 6 courses, as well as the IB Core: a Theory of Knowledge class, the Extended Essay, and the Community, Service & Action project.

IB Career Certificate: a pathway that offers career training in either Culinary Arts, Broadcast Technology, or Allied Health, while providing the opportunity to take 2 Diploma Programme courses and the IBCC Core.

IB Subject Certificates can be attained by students who take individual Diploma Courses and test successfully at the end of their senior year.

CTE with IB Core allows students to study Culinary Arts, Broadcast Technology, or Allied Health, while also engaging in 1 or more IB Core experiences.

IB Application Process – Class of 2019

Eighth grade students who qualify for IB will receive Eligibility Letters from their counselors, which contain a PIN number that students will use to register for information sessions and apply to schools online.  Clemente is using a cut score of 440 this year, and we invite all interested students who exceed that score to attend an information session.  We are unable to offer spots to students who do not attend an informational session, so please make sure you show up!  Attending an IB info session at another school does not count toward your requirement here (and vice-versa).Applications will be available near the end of September at: https://apply.cps.edu/Eighth grade students who were enrolled in a private, parochial or elementary school outside of Chicago during the 2013-2014 school year (7th grade) must submit a Non-CPS Eligibility Letter Request Form by early December in order to receive an Eligibility Letter.For more details, please visit: http://www.cpsoae.org/Please note: Students who live within our attendance boundary are not required to apply for general school admission, but should fill out an IB application if interested in joining the Honors cohort.

Who can I contact for more information about IB at Clemente?

Liz Kelley
Middle Years Programme Coordinator Designate
Roberto Clemente Community Academy
EAKelley@cps.edu
(773) 534-4007