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About Central High School International Baccalaurate Programme:

  • Providing an International Baccalaureate Education to students in grades 9-12
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Tuscaloosa City Schools is committed to ensuring that a student’s pathway to the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma can be continuous. Starting fall 2016, the system will expand its IB offerings to serve students in grades 9 and 10, featuring the Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Central High School. A continuation of the programmes offered at the Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools, grades 9 and 10 will prepare students for the rigorous demands of the Diploma Programme (DP) which has been in existence at Central since 1995.

Whether your student started with the Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools or not, teachers working in all programmes will be trained in the IB principles and will work collaboratively to ensure a student’s success.

The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.

The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three or four year) formats. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).

The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.

Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.