Individual schedules will vary tremendously due to all the options available to students to choose from. IB courses begin in the 11th grade.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with regional headquarters for the Americas in Bethesda, Maryland. The IB Diploma Program begins in the eleventh grade and continues through the end of the twelfth grade, offering students the chance to earn college credit in selected subjects as well as the possibility of earning the prestigious IB Diploma. Students planning to pursue the IB program are strongly encouraged to take Honors and AP courses in the ninth and tenth grade years to better prepare for the rigorous coursework encountered in IB classes.
Designated IB courses are open to limited enrollment by students not seeking the IB Diploma.
Students outside the South High district will not be granted Out of District at SFHS in the ninth grade year. Out-of-District forms are available online on the Forsyth County Schools website. For further information, contact the IB Coordinator.
Students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme study three of the five core subject areas (English, Social Studies, Math, Science, or World Language) at the IB Higher Level over two years, 11th and 12th grades combined. Students also study two other of the core areas (English, Social Studies, Math, Science, or World Language) at the IB Standard Level. Standard Level is still college level curriculum and receives a quality point for GPA computation purposes. These two SL courses are typically one year only course offerings in either junior or senior year. Students also select one additional IB Sixth Subject to study at the Standard Level—this is typically completed in the twelfth grade. This sixth subject may be an IB fine arts course, another science, or another social science IB offering. Requirements for the IB Diploma also include a seventh class called IB Theory of Knowledge (taken in combination with graduation requirements of Government and Economics of the two years in the program, 11th and 12th grades combined). Students must also complete an Extended Essay, and document the required number of CAS hours. Successful candidates may earn the IB Diploma in addition to the State of Georgia high school diploma.
Students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme enroll concurrently in and complete one of the schools’ Career Pathways (Engineering, Teaching, Marketing, Culinary, Business, Computer Sciences or Programming, or Manufacturing). In addition, students in the IB Career Program must complete any two IB Diploma Courses at any level (higher level OR standard level) in their 11th and 12th grade years. Requirements for the IB Career Certificate also include an additional class called IB Personal & Professional Skills (taken in combination with graduation requirements of Government and Economics of the two years in the program, 11th and 12th grades combined). Students must also complete a Reflective Project on an ethical issue in their career pathway and document the required number of Service Learning hours. Successful candidates may earn the Career Pathway Medallion and the IB Career Certificate in addition to the State of Georgia high school diploma.