Southside High School - Center for International Studies
6630 Frontage@White Horse Rd ¨ Greenville, SC ¨ Phone 864-355-8700 ¨ Fax 864-355-8798


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is for students who want to be challenged.


For many, the IB program will be the first time they have been part of a peer group with similar goals and abilities. The IB Program is an environment where accelerated learning and academic success is cool.

The IB curriculum can take students as far as their desire and abilities can go. It's possible to complete the freshman year of college through the IB program while still in high school.

The IB program doesn't just focus on a student's best abilities but on the student's total abilities. It's a rigorous but well rounded program which recognizes the need for technical skills as well as communication skills, team work, and international understanding. It's ideal for students seeking careers in business management, medicine, law, science, engineering, and computer science as well as the arts and humanities. It teaches students how to think and how to handle a challenging work load. The IB graduates themselves say it best:

"It did a marvelous job! While other college students are stressed about work, I just sit down and do it. The advanced classes of the IB and the time management learned gives you an edge in college."
"I didn't just get an education of facts in the IB Program but I also learned how to learn. It was an environment where I could push myself to my educational limits . . . I am sure I have benefited from my IB education in my college studies."
"College is much easier than IB."

Southside IB graduates have gone on to schools like Yale, Harvard, MIT, Duke, the Naval Academy, Bryn Mawr, Notre Dame, Emory, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Institute of Technology, Wake Forest, and many others including the honors programs of various South Carolina universities. They pretty much have had their choice of universities. Many IB students have obtained college scholarships.

The IB program is more than just academics. It is a place where lasting friendships are made with a very special group of peers. IB students develop close relationships with teachers who take a personal interest in their lives. Upon graduation, IB students join the international family of IB students with world wide contacts.



The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a rigorous pre-university course of studies that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of various national education systems, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many.

Diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of six subject groups: native language, foreign language, experimental sciences, the arts and electives, mathematics, individuals and societies. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level (HL); the others at subsidiary or standard level (SL). HL courses represent 240 teaching hours, SL courses cover at least 150 hours. By arranging work in this fashion, students are able to explore some subjects in depth and some more broadly over the two-year period; this is a deliberate compromise between the early specialization preferred in some national systems and the breadth found in others.

Successful diploma candidates meet three requirements in addition to the six subjects. The interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning which transcends and unifies the academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. The extended essay of some 4000 words offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. Participation in the school's Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) Program encourages students to be involved in sports, artistic pursuits and community service work.

The IB Diploma Curriculum:


Timeline for IB Diploma Candidates

Grade 10

  • With your counselor, plan which high-level and standard-level courses you will take in grades 11 and 12.

Summer after grade 10

  • Beginning July 1st start to accumulate CAS hours. Remember to have them documented.

Grade 11

  • Continue to accumulate CAS hours and documentation as you complete each activity.
  • At the end of each quarter, submit documentation of the completion of your CAS hours to the CAS Coordinator.
  • October: Register for IB exams as an Anticipated Candidate if you are enrolled in an IB standard-level course.
  • Second semester: Select topic for your extended essay and find a teacher mentor. Together with your mentor, establish a timetable for completion of your research paper.
  • December - March (approximately): Complete internal assessments in IB standard-level courses in which you are enrolled.
  • First three weeks in May:  IB exam session

Summer After Junior Year

  • Continue to accumulate CAS hours and documentation.
  • Research and write the first draft of your extended essay.

Senior Year

  • On the first day of school, turn in your extended essay draft to your mentor.
  • Continue accumulating CAS hours and documentation.
  • August - December:  Work with your extended essay mentor to revise and polish your paper.
  • December: By the established deadline, submit to the Extended Essay Coordinator your extended essay in the official IB folder, signed by your mentor. Also submit an electronic copy to the IB Office.
  •  December - March (approximately): Complete internal assessments for all IB courses by the deadlines set by your teachers.
  • End of March:  Submit all CAS documentation to the CAS Coordinator.
  • First three weeks in May: Written exam session
  • By the end of May, submit your Results Request Form to the IB Coordinator to have your IB scores sent to your college or university.



The IB Program is an environment where accelerated learning and academic success is cool. If you qualified for the Duke University TIP program award you will likely be qualified to take AP courses in your sophomore year.
Southside has one of the most complete foreign language programs in the area. Offerings include four years of Spanish, French, and German. The emphasis is on attaining fluency.
Southside offers all available advanced placement (AP) math class. These include AB Calculus,  BC Calculus, and Statistics. Southside is the only Greenville school offering a math class beyond BC Calculus. The class is called IB higher level Mathematics and picks up where BC Calculus leaves off. 
Southside offers science classes that meet both advanced placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) standards in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. These classes include more content than typical AP classes. We are the only area school offering the complete calculus based AP Physics course including electricity and magnetism.
Southside offers AP Computer Science.
Southside has a complete offering including drama, music, and visual arts, some of which is offered at the AP level. There is a considerable emphasis on writing.


Colleges and universities throughout the world recognize the IB Program. The more prestigious colleges and universities have traditionally given preference and credit to successful IB students. In past years, Southside IB graduates have earned as many as 60 college credits and/or advanced standing. The official university policies regarding IB can be found on the official IB website, Participation and perseverance in the IB Program have earned Southside students many awards and scholarships. The breadth and intensity of the program have prepared students well for college, internships, and a lifetime of learning.



Students apply for admission through the GCSD Magnet Application Process.  For further information or to set up a shadowing session or school visit contact:

Dr. Lavetta Collins    Coordinator, International Baccalaureate Program

Southside High School
6630 Frontage at White Horse Road  Greenville, SC 29605
Phone 355-8714
Fax 355-8794
e-mail school




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