Greco Middle has applied to become an IB Candidate School. What does that mean?
Greco Middle is a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme. This programme aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people through a rigorous academic curriculum, empowering them to empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.
International Baccalaureate candidate schools must complete an application process in order to become a full-fledged IB World School. This process can take anywhere from 18 to 24 months and Greco Middle can only use the term IB World School once the candidacy period is complete.
I’ve heard IB can have a challenging amount of homework. Will this be the case at Greco Middle?
The IB Middle Years Programme focuses on a philosophy and learning style that is appropriate for students of all levels. Middle school IB in our district does not include any more or less homework than a traditional middle school.
Who needs to apply to be accepted into Greco Middle?
Incoming students who live outside the Greco Middle attendance area must apply to be part of the new Magnet IB program. Incoming students who are zoned for Greco Middle do not need to apply and are automatically admitted. Every student at Greco Middle will be part of our IB program.
Students may also specifically apply to Greco Middle’s STEM Academy and/or Pre-KAPS (King Advanced Placement) Academy through the Choice application process. STEM Academy and Pre-KAPS students will all be a part of the school-wide IB program. Students from outside the Greco Middle attendance boundary area will be accepted by lottery selection from among all applicants based on available space and our district’s Choice lottery procedures.
My child is currently zoned to attend Greco Middle as a sixth grader in 2020-2021. Do I still need to apply to be part of the IB program?
No. Students who are zoned for Greco Middle do not need to apply to attend and will be part of the IB program. Students from both inside and outside Greco’s zoned attendance area can choose to apply for two additional options offered at the school: Greco Middle’s STEM Academy and/or Pre-KAPS (King Advanced Placement) Academy through the Choice application process.
How do I apply to be in Greco's IB program?
The application process for Greco Middle is completed through our district’s School Choice office at HillsboroughSchools.org/choice. The application period opens October 25, 2019 at 5 p.m. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2019. All applications are processed after the December 31 deadline, so the date of your application does not affect your chance of being selected—submitting an application in October is the same as submitting in December.
When will I find out if my child got accepted into Greco Middle?
School Choice applications are due by December 31, 2019. Families who live outside the Greco Middle boundary will be notified whether their student has been accepted to Greco Middle by the middle of February.
Will school bus transportation be available?
Magnet bus transportation will not be available for students who live outside the Greco Middle attendance area. Local bus transportation will be available only for students who live within the Greco Middle attendance area and are eligible for transportation under Florida law and school district policy.
Will my child be guaranteed admission into an IB program in high school if he or she attends Greco Middle?
Students in a middle school IB program will receive additional weight in their application for an IB high school, but there is not a guarantee that any student will be admitted into any IB high school program.