Hernando school gains IB status
SPRING HILL - It's official: F.W. Springstead High School is the world's latest International Baccalaureate school.
Hernando County School Board officials were over the moon Tuesday upon learning the school had received final acceptance of its application to join the Geneva-based organization.
"This is a significant milestone, not just for Springstead High School but for all students in Hernando County," said program coordinator Cliff Wagner.
Gaining acceptance into the rigorous, two-year diploma program took nearly four years of training, site visits and applications, Wagner said.
Already some 70 students have been taking honors-level courses in anticipation of starting the program, and next fall 28 juniors from the class of 2011 will begin the required coursework. Diploma candidates must take high-level courses in science, math, language and history; pass tough IB exams; write a 4,000-word research essay; and conduct 150 hours of community service.
Springstead joins 61 other IB diploma schools in Florida, including Land O' Lakes and Gulf high schools in Pasco County.
For more details and updates, read the Hernando section of tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times or visit tampabay.com.
Tom Marshall, Times staff writer