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Advanced Programming at Southridge High School. Overview. Competitive Colleges & Universities Honors Advanced Placement (AP) / International Baccalaureate (IB) SR Scholar Dual Credit thru PCC/PSU Career Academies Extra curriculars. Competitive Schools: What they look for.

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  • Competitive Colleges & Universities
  • Honors
  • Advanced Placement (AP) / International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • SR Scholar
  • Dual Credit thru PCC/PSU
  • Career Academies
  • Extra curriculars
competitive schools what they look for
Competitive Schools:What they look for
  • Academic rigor in high school
  • Grades/rank in class
    • Weighted vs. unweighted
  • Test scores
  • Community involvement
  • Extra & co-curricular activities
    • Depth vs. breadth
  • Honors and Awards
how should my child prepare for ap ib or challenge courses
How should my child prepare for AP/IB or Challenge courses?
  • 4 year plan
  • Honors coursework
  • CAPS (9thor 10th grades)
    • Pre ToK course
    • Students will be asked to speak and write with clarity and precision on a variety of thought provoking topics
  • AP US History (sophomores)
  • Involvement in Clubs /Activities
honors designation
‘Honors’ Designation
  • 9th graders can earn ‘Honors’ in World History and Government 9, Physics 1, and Lit & Comp 1 classes
  • Freshman project / paper
  • 10th graders can earn ‘Honors’ in Lit & Comp.
stem chemistry
STEM Chemistry
  • Students need to have one of the following:
    • Explore Science score of 21-25
    • Explore Math score of 21-25
    • OAKS science score of 247 or above.
advanced placement
Advanced Placement
  • College Level coursework
  • Offered in US History
    • (blocked with Lit & comp)
  • Offered in Statistics
  • Offered in Music Theory
  • AP Calculus exam available after Math HL I
  • College credit awarded through AP exams
  • Exams given the first two weeks in May
international baccalaureate diploma program
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
  • What
  • ToK, CAS, Extended Essay
  • CAPS (for freshmen & Sophomores)
  • College credit
  • Brochure
  • IB night on Feb. 27th for more information
what is ib
What is IB?
  • The IB Diploma Program is a rigorous pre-university program leading to assessment in six subject areas. IB is noted for its challenging curriculum and international perspective.
  • Students are also required to engage in community service, individual research, and an inquiry into the nature of knowledge.
theory of knowledge tok
Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

An additional class compulsory for full Diploma candidates. ToK explores different ‘ways of knowing’ through different academic disciplines and cultures. A philosophical exercise culminates in an essay that is assessed externally by an IB examiner.

  • ToK is available to anyone
caps 9 th or 10 th grade
CAPS (9thor 10thgrade)
  • Critical Analytical Problem Solving
    • Prepares students for the IB Theory of Knowledge class by analyzing knowledge and developing critical thinking skills
    • Examines the history of philosophy and debate, as well as several Ways of Knowing

Students must engage in Action (physical activity outside of PE class), Creativity (creative endeavors outside of classes), and Service (in the community) for a total of 150 hours across two years of the Diploma Program. Students write reflections on the activities.

extended essay
Extended essay

A 4000 word authentic research paper on a topic chosen from any IB subject. IB externally assesses this. Although students select faculty advisors, this is independent student research.

ib faq s
  • Can students take IB courses and exams without be a diploma candidate ?
  • Can students take an IB course and not take an exam?
  • Do colleges and universities give credit for IB exams ?
  • Is it possible to participate in Band or sports and the IB program?
  • How rigorous is the diploma program ?
dual credit courses
Dual Credit Courses
  • PSU credit offered for IB Spanish coursework
  • PCC credit offered in:
    • ASL coursework
    • Several computer courses
southridge scholar diploma
Southridge Scholar Diploma
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher (unweighted)
  • Minimum of 26 credits earned
  • Third level of a world language
  • 1.0 credit in the Fine Arts (visual / performing)
  • Career Academy Endorsement /Senior project
  • At least 2 extra curricular activities
  • IB Diploma candidates automatically earn a Southridge Scholar Diploma
career academies
Career Academies
  • Performing Arts: vocal, instrumental, theater
  • Publications
  • Business: Accounting, management, marketing
  • Engineering & Design
  • Information & technology
  • Social, human & government services
career academies1
Career Academies
  • Complete prescribed course work
  • Propose and complete a Senior Project
  • Mentorship, job shadow, or internship related to project
  • Research/reflection paper
  • Presentation to teachers, student, comm. members
  • Endorsement
examples of past projects
Examples of Past Projects
  • Designing and creating a prom gown
  • Re-building a small engine
  • Establishing a school improvement club
  • Teaching to elementary students
  • Science research project
  • Directing a play
  • Creating a video
get involved extra and co curricular activities
Get Involved !Extra and co-curricular activities
  • Awareness to Action
  • Performing Arts
  • Speech and Debate
  • National Honor Society
  • Athletics
  • Key Club
  • Leadership / Student Government
  • Many more !