Record Number of HCPS Students Earning IB Diplomas

July 6th, 2015 Comments off

More Hillsborough County Public Schools students than ever earned an IB diploma this year. Attaining the IB diploma puts these students ahead of their peers across the country, garnering the attention of college admissions directors at prestigious universities.

The results are as follows:
Robinson High School: 99%, up 11 percentage points from last year (88%)
King High School: 97%, up from 96%
Hillsborough High School: 96%, up from 92%
Strawberry Crest High School: 94%, up from 91%

To receive an IB diploma, a student must pass oral and written exams at the end of their senior year, complete community service hours, and write a college level essay. The level of rigor placed on these students demands a unique commitment to academics.

“Our students have set themselves up for success. The IB diploma allows our students to develop critical thinking skills and a global understanding of issues. These results are unprecedented in Hillsborough County. We continue to provide a foundation that will allow students to attain their goals,” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins.

These students have earned college credit and many will enter college as either sophomores or juniors, saving their families money in college expenses and allowing them to enter the workforce sooner.

Preparation for this diploma starts the day these students enter their freshman year of high school. Throughout the program, students learn to set expectations that enable them to focus on college and career readiness. This level of success is possible with the support of parents/guardians, strong instructional leaders, self-motivation, and their commitment to be life-long learners.

State of the District Press Conference

June 29th, 2015 Comments off

On July 1, Superintendent Jeff Eakins officially takes over as head of Hillsborough County Public Schools. School Board members and Superintendent Eakins have been working over the last three months to identify the district’s key priorities, which include increasing student engagement and tackling the critical issues facing our students. Superintendent Eakins has also formed his leadership team who will oversee the district’s strategic plan and put a focus on student achievement.
On Wednesday, July 1, at 11 a.m., in the School Board auditorium, Superintendent Eakins, School Board members, and district staff will lay out the vision for the school district and address how staff intends to achieve these goals. For any organization to be successful, it has to set clear goals and be held accountable for reaching those goals. The School Board auditorium is located at 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

Negotiations Continue with Teachers Union

June 26th, 2015 Comments off

Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) will continue negotiations, as follows:
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 29: Instructional Services Center room 101 – 2920 N. 40th St., Tampa
• CANCELED – Tuesday, June 30: HCTA – 3102 N. Habana Ave., Tampa
• 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22: HCTA – 3102 N. Habana Ave., Tampa
• 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28: HCTA – 3102 N. Habana Ave., Tampa