Nease International Baccalaureate Program

Congratulations IB Class of 2020!

We are so proud of YOU!

Nease International Baccalaureate Program

2020-2021 Applications

Nease Academy Open House, Thursday January 16th 2020, 6:00-7:30, Nease Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Nease IB Student & Parent Panel, Tuesday January 28th 2020, 6:00-7:00, Nease Performing Arts Center (PAC)

All paperwork must be submitted on or before February 3rd, 2020 to be considered for application.

Dates and Deadlines and Steps to Apply 2020

Teacher Recommendation Form (Hard copy to mail)
Digital Access Recommendation Form to Give to Teachers (St. Johns County School District Students Only)
(Must obtain 4 recommendations from current Math, Science, History and English teachers)

St. Johns County Registration Timeline for Programs of Choice

St. Johns County Advanced High School Programs Information


Fall 2019
Spring 2020


2019-2020 School Year

Extended Essay Help Sessions: May 30th, July 2, 8, & 9; 9am-12
Junior Class/Parent Meeting: August 1; 6pm
Nease Open House: August 27; 6pm
Booster Meeting: August 28; 10am
Junior Class Meeting: Sept 3; Lunch
Nease College Fair: Sept. 19; 6pm
Booster Meeting: Sept. 25; 10am
IB Social: Sept. 26; Lunch A, B or C
Sophomore Class Meeting: Oct. 3; Lunch
Pinning Ceremony: Oct. 10; 6pm
PSAT Day: Oct. 16; All Day
Booster Meeting: Oct. 30; 10am
IB Social: Oct. 31; Lunch A, B or C
Habitat for Humanity: Nov 9; 8am
Booster Meeting: Nov. 20; 10am
IB Social: Nov. 21; Lunch A, B or C
Habitat for Humanity: Dec 7; 8am
Booster Meeting: Dec. 18; 10:00am
Senior Reunion Lunch:
Academy Showcase: Jan. 9; [email protected]
IB Parent Scheduling Meeting:
Booster Meeting: Jan. 22; 10:00am
Junior Class Meeting: Jan 23; Lunch A, B or C
Academy Open House: Jan. 16; 5pm
SOUPer Bowl: Jan. 30; 6pm
IB Student/Parent Panel:
Senior NY Trip Meet: Feb 6; Lunch
New York Trip; Feb 13-16
Booster Meeting; Feb. 25; 6pm
IB Social: Feb. 27; Lunch A, B or C
Booster Meeting; Mar. 24; 10am
IB Social: Mar. 26; Lunch A, B or C
Career Fair: April 1; 9-3pm; Gym
Relay for Life; April 4th, Nease
IB Beach Clean-Up: April 18
Booster Meeting; April 28; 10am
IB Social: April 30; Stadium Lunch
AP Testing Begins: May 4
IB Testing Begins: May 5
Graduation: May 22; 7pm

A parent meeting was held on January 6, 2020 (6:00-7:00) regarding 2020-2021 course scheduling and how it relates to the the IB Diploma.  The link below is the presentation given that evening.

2020-2021 IB Parent Scheduling Meeting

Use the links below to help plan courses for your four years at Nease.  Please submit your planning worksheet to Mrs. Kennedy at your registration appointment.

Nease High School Planning Worksheet for IB Students

2020-2021 Course Progression

Nease IB Policies and Procedures

CAS Handbook

Nease Academic Integrity Policy & IB Honor Code

Language Policy

Assessment Policy

Special Educational Needs/Inclusive Education Policy

Admissions Policy

IB Subject Briefs

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Scholarship Opportunities


Nease students continue to perform above average on college admission tests. The graduating class of 2017 average score on the new SAT was 1180 (RW 600, M 580).  Their average composite score on the ACT was 30.  Nease students have also earned recognitions on their junior year PSAT from the National Merit Scholarship Program including:

   Nat’l Merit Semifinalists: 8 (2018); 8 (2017); 7 (2016); 11 (2015)

   Nat’l Merit Commended: 19 (2019); 18 (2018); 14 (2016); 19 (2015)

   Nat’l Achievement Semifinalists: 1 (2015); 1 (2014); 2 (2012)

   Nat’l Hispanic Recognition: 1 (2018); 1 (2017); 2 (2016); 2 (2015)


Nease’s graduates have been accepted to, are attending and have graduated from many colleges and universities including:

American UniversityGeorge Washington Univ.UNC Chapel Hill
Auburn UniversityGeorgetown UniversityU.S. Military Academy
Boston CollegeGeorgia TechU.S. Naval Academy
Boston UniversityHarvard UniversityUniversity of Alabama
Brigham Young Univ.Jacksonville UniversityUniv. of Calif.- Berkeley
Brown UniversityJohns Hopkins Univ.Univ. of Central Florida
Carnegie Mellon Univ.MITUniversity of Chicago
The CitadelMcGill UniversityUniversity of Florida
Clemson UniversityMercer UniversityUniversity of Georgia
Colgate UniversityNew College of FloridaUniversity of Miami
College of CharlestonNew York UniversityUniversity of Michigan
Coll. of William & MaryN. Carolina State Univ.Univ. of North Florida
Cornell UniversityNortheastern UniversityUniv. of Notre Dame
Dartmouth CollegeNorthwestern UniversityUniv. of Pennsylvania
Davidson CollegeNova Southeastern Univ.Univ. of Pittsburgh
Drexel UniversityOhio State UniversityUniv. of Richmond
Duke UniversityPennsylvania State Univ.Univ. of So. Carolina
Elon UniversityPrinceton UniversityUniv. of South Florida
Embry-RiddlePurdue UniversityUniv. of So. California
Emory UniversityRollins CollegeUniversity of Tampa
Flagler CollegeSanta Fe CollegeUniversity of Texas
Florida A&M UniversitySCADUniversity of Virginia
Florida Atlantic Univ.SewaneeUniversity of W. Florida
Florida Gulf Coast Univ.Southeastern UniversityValencia College
Florida Institute of Tech.St. Johns River St. Coll.Vanderbilt University
Florida Int’l Univ.Stanford UniversityVirginia Tech
Florida Southern CollegeStetson UniversityWake Forest University
Florida State Coll. at JaxTallahassee Comm. Coll.Washington & Lee Univ.
Florida State UniversityTufts UniversityWashington Univ. in SL
Furman UniversityTulane University

Yale University

Interesting College Article in Forbes:

College Quote from

Princeton University’s Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye:

“If the student has the opportunity to do the IB diploma, we really value the diploma,” Rapelye advised.

“the most important thing is your high school transcript.” “Every college and university is going to evaluate first your transcript,” Rapelye said.

Nease offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, which is chartered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland.  IB is a very rigorous, two-year program of curriculum and service that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary students during their last two years of high school, by providing a comprehensive and integrated approach to learning.  In addition, students take intensified courses in Grades 9 and 10 in English, foreign language, social studies, science, and mathematics, called Nease Pre-IB, in preparation for the rigorous college-level curriculum of the Grades 11-12 IB Diploma Program.

The primary objective of the IB Program is to provide a world-class education that prepares students with the intellectual, social, and critical perspectives necessary for college and the rest of their lives. The IB curriculum emphasizes and promotes a persistent curiosity, critical analysis and creative synthesis in a broad range of subject areas.  Students earn a full IB Diploma by passing internationally set and graded exams along with internal assessments in six subjects, and in addition, completing an original research requirement (Extended Essay), completing the Theory of Knowledge course, and fulfilling the creativity, activity and service component (CAS).  For more detailed information on IB see:

Facts About Nease IB

Est. in 1996

  • Number of IB Students (graduated seniors): 86
  • Average SAT Score: 1390 (RW 690, M 700)
  • Average ACT Score: 30 (Composite)
  • Average GPA: 4.3 weighted
  • IB Tests Passed: 93%
  • IB Diplomas Earned: 93%
  • AP Tests Passed during HS: 85%
  • Accepted to over 108 Colleges and Universities
  • Attending 23 Different Colleges and Universities
  • Offered over $2.8 Million in College Scholarships

In 2019, Nease Diploma students (11th & 12th) achieved a 93% pass rate on IB exams with 181 students taking 598 exams in 26 subject areas.  On the IB exams, they averaged a 4.81 score on a 7-point scale.  Combined results from the last 5 years are shown below.

Test Subject Tests Passed%
HL English415/41899%
HL/SL French64/7091%
HL/SL Spanish409/409100%
HL History of Am.399/41895%
HL Psychology168/17994%
SL Psychology232/26788%
HL Biology48/5983%
SL Biology135/13898%
HL Chemistry7/1140%
SL Chemistry53/6878%
HL Physics7/978%
SL Physics111/13980%
HL Math59/6295%
SL Math237/25493%
SL Math Studies102/10498%
HL/SL Film94/11681%
HL/SL Music57/6588%
HL/SL Theatre7/7100%
HL/SL Art50/6775%
IB Diplomas385/41992%

This bulletin published by the IBO contains summary statistics from the May 2019 examination session.

May 2019 Statistical World Bulletin

9th and 10th graders: In order to document your service hours, please have a letter written on letterhead from the organization where you completed the hours.  The letter should have your name, dates of service, number of hours, and type of activity.  Turn in the letters to Mrs. Kennedy who will document them in the computer.  Remember you will need 100 hours of service by May 1st (of your senior year) to qualify for the Bright Futures Scholarship.

11th and 12th graders: Be sure you are pre-approving CAS learning experiences through Managebac, prior to completion.

2020-2021 School Year

Pre-IB Teachers

English I- Cheryl Goodman, Nancy Johnson

English II (AP Language) – Sandra Strauss

Biology – Steve Lyons

Chemistry – Brandy Kilpatrick, Jennifer Hutcherson

AP World History – Kevin Sacerdote

AP Gov’t/Gov’t Honors – Joey Tusing

Spanish I & II– Tracy Clauson, Jessica Sundstrom

French I & II– Deanna Scheffer

Geometry Honors – Kelli Gebauer

Algebra II Honors – Deborah Robbins

Pre-Calculus – Candace Meddings

AP Statistics – Elisa West

IB Teachers

English III/AP Literature – Derek Coghlan

English IV – Nancy Johnson

Biology – Derya Singhsumalee & Steve Lyons

Chemistry – Brandy Kilpatrick

Physics – Adam Cassano

IB Analysis and Approaches HL – Nicole Baran

IB Analysis and Approaches SL – Candace Meddings

IB Apps. & Interpretation – Mary Bertram

AP U.S. History – Jimmy Lee

History of the Americas – Michelle Grady

Spanish 3 & 4-  Carmen Adair

French 3 & 4 – Deanna Scheffer

Psychology – Amy Case

Theory of Knowledge – Christina Milton & Julie Pantano

Art – Herrick Smith

Film – Holly Bourquin

Music – Madeline Poe

Computer Science- Zachary Kirsche

Summer Learning Opportunities 2020-2021

Please make sure you look carefully as to which assignments are to be completed for each course.  If you have questions, please email Mrs. Kennedy.  All summer learning opportunities are required.

AP Chemistry (IB)                            IB Chemistry 3

AP World History (Pre-IB)-Read First (c/o 2024)
Reading 1          Reading 2          Readings 3 & 4
Part 1                 Part 2                  Part 3    Part 4

AP U.S. History (IB) (c/o 2022)

Foreign Language
IB Spanish 4                 IB Spanish 3                Pre-IB Spanish 2

IB French 4                   IB French 3                  Pre-IB French 2

IB Seniors (c/o 2021)
IB Film 2                                     IB Film 3
IB Visual Art 2 & 3                     AP Art History
IB & PIB Music (all grades)- Part 1 & Part 2
Summer Reading

CAS Project- Created by B'eja Birch & Buse Utkan (C/O 2020)