South Side High School’s International Baccalaureate Programme was highlighted at an information night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, at South Side, 3601 S. Calhoun Street.
South Side is the only school in northeast Indiana to offer the prestigious program to high school students. The IB Programme started at South Side 12 years ago, and has graduated 36 students with an IB diploma. Graduates have gone on to attend college at Cambridge, Harvard, Heidelberg, McGill, MIT, Oxford, Princeton, Rotterdam Erasmus, Sorbonne and Yale.
International Baccalaureate is a rigorous pre-university course of study that can lead to a diploma that is recognized by many universities in their admission selections, offering course credit, and determining class standing and scholarship eligibility. The IB curriculum includes six subject groups – English, French or Spanish, history, biology or physics, math and fine arts or another elective. The subjects are studied in three ways: Theory of knowledge (coursework), extended essay (independent research paper), and creativity, action and service (150 volunteer hours of creative, active and service work). The intense form of study helps prepare students for high level college coursework.
Students considering entering the IB should take honors classes in their freshman and sophomore years. Many students wanting to enter the IB Programme spend all four years at South Side, but students who are properly prepared can apply from any of the area’s high schools.
For more information on IB, visit www.ibo.org.
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