• Class of 2017-18 Will Become the 21th Class of International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipients at High Point Central High School

    “In 1968, the IB Diploma Programme (DP) was established to provide a challenging and comprehensive education that would enable students to understand and manage the complexities of our world and provide them with skills and attitudes for taking responsible action for the future. Such an education was rooted in the belief that people who are equipped to make a more just and peaceful world need an education that crosses disciplinary, cultural, national and geographical boundaries.

    The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

    Informed by these values, an IB education:

    • centers on learners

    • develops effective approaches to teaching and learning

    • works within global contexts

    • explores significant content. Working together, these four characteristics define an IB education” (ibo.org).

    For more in depth information, please visit : http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/digital-tookit/brochures/what-is-an-ib-education-en.pdf

    At High Point Central in the early 1990’s,  group of educators under the leadership of Mr. Bill Collins, Principal and Dr. Scott Culclasure began the rigorous authorization process to become an IB World School. In order to qualify, schools had to align their educational philosophy with that of IB, design an internationally minded curriculum, hire qualified staff, and ensure a budget was available to maintain the program.

    One final step were visits from IB as well as other IB World School. High Point Central’s own Mr. Begeal, who was IB Coordinator at Rocky Mount HS, participated in the visit that led to authorization.

    In 1996 High Point Central became IB World School 0875. To put this in perspective, in 2016, there are 4, 536 IB World Schools in over 150 nations authorized to offer the Diploma Program (DP) across the globe. In the United States there are 1,742 IB World Schools, in North Carolina 65, and in Guildford County just four. High Point Central is one of the oldest and most established programs.

    The IB Program enjoys a successful reputation for rigorous and challenging classes. High Point Central graduates join impressive statistics that 98% of DP students are retained after the first year of college and that 95 of DP students enroll immediately in a four-year college.

    High Point Central is also proud that scholarships earned by DP students include the Trinity Scholarship (all expenses paid to Duke University), the Morehead (all expenses paid to UNC Chapel Hill), the Morehead Cain (renamed Morehead), The Coca Cola Scholarship, and many others.

    In additions some of the ID students earn enough college credits to completely skip freshman year classes or start at much higher levels.



    1. Bill Collins                                              1995-1997
    2. Helen Lankford                                      1997-2001
    3. Joe Yeager                                             2001-2004
    4. Dr. Cassandra Carr                                2004 (2 months)
    5. Revonda Johnson                                  2004-2010
    6. Jerry Simmons                                       2010-2011
    7. Robert Christina                                     2011-2015
    8. Dr. Bryan Johnson                                 2015-2017
    9. Dr. Shelly Nixon-Green                          2017-2022
    10. Michael Hettenbach                             2022-present


    IB Coordinators

    1. Scott Culclasure                             1993-2002
    2. Sharon Haynes                               2002-2007
    3. Rebecca Johnson-Kaserman         2007-2010
    4. Katie Eckersley                               2010-2013
    5. Susan Fleenor                                2013-2019
    6. David Williams                                2020-present