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Advanced Studies Programs at SFHS. South Forsyth High School November 11, 2008. What is the Advanced Studies Program ?. Academic courses centered on a rigorous, college-level curriculum designed by the College Board and IBO.

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advanced studies programs at sfhs

Advanced Studies Programs at SFHS

South Forsyth High School

November 11, 2008

what is the advanced studies program
What is the Advanced Studies Program?
  • Academic courses centered on a rigorous, college-level curriculum designed by the College Board and IBO.
  • Each course includes a rigorous end-of-course examination graded against national/international standards.
why take advanced studies courses
Why take Advanced Studies Courses?

Students taking Advanced Studies Courses in high school have an advantage—they are preparing for success in college by taking college-level courses while still in high school

Explore advanced topics you like by studying in greater depth

Develop advanced skills by forming disciplined study habits

Build your confidence in your ability to succeed in college

benefits of the advanced studies program
Benefits of the Advanced Studies Program

For Students

  • Development of academic skills necessary for college success
  • Increase in self-confidence, motivation, and academic orientation
  • Academic rigor for competitive college admissions
  • Potential college credit depending on Exam scores
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Benefits of the Advanced Studies Program

For Students ANDParents

  • Opportunity to earn college credit or advanced college placement while in high school:
    • Possible tuition $$$ savings
    • More flexibility in college course choices
    • Possible early entry to graduate/professional schools
what counts in college admissions
What Counts in College Admissions ?

NACAC Survey College Admissions Officials

are advanced studies courses the right choice for me
AreAdvanced Studiescourses the right choice for me?

High school AP/IB courses are NOT an extension of the HORIZONS / Gifted Program.

Students participating in the HORIZONS / Gifted Program are not necessarily readyfor AP/IB courses.

successful advanced studies students tend to be
Successful Advanced Studies studentstend to be…

MOTIVATED: Inspired to achieve at high levels in college level coursework

DISCIPLINED: Consistently dedicates time needed to prepare for class.

DETERMINED: Is not easily frustrated by challenging academic material.

INTERESTED: Enjoys learning & active involvement in the classroom

am i ready to take an ap course
Am I ready to take an AP course ?

AP coursesare verychallenging,and potentially overwhelming to high school students.

Student academic preparedness is theMOST IMPORTANTfactor to consider in the decision to take an AP course.

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Am I ready to take an AP course ?

Forsyth County Schools has an

OPEN ACCESS policy for AP courses.

OPEN ACCESS means any student meeting course pre-requisites may choose to sign up for anAP course.

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Am I ready to take an AP course ?

Forsyth County Schools wants student & parents to make informed decisions about AP courses.

Our high schools provide this information to students & parents through:

  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Course Information on school & system websites
why is a teacher recommendation so strongly recommended
Why is a teacher recommendation so strongly recommended?

TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS provide detailed information on a student’s academic preparedness to enter an AP course after evaluation of student academic performance, readiness & interest.

what if i don t have a teacher recommendation
What if I don’t have a teacher recommendation?

The ultimate decision on signing up for an AP course is made by the parent & student.

Teacher recommendations are strongly recommended, but are NOTmandatory.

Parents & students can sign a waiver form to register for an APcourse if not recommended by a teacher.

how many ap courses should a student take
How many AP courses should a student take?

Students & parents should make this decision after considering ALL of the following:

  • Past & current academic performance
  • Student academic readiness
  • Student interest & motivation
  • Available time & competing interests, including: Home, church, extracurricular activities, job, community, social calendar…
what ap courses are available
What APcourses are available ?

INDIVIDUAL COURSE AVAILABILITY at each high school is determined annually by

  • student registration & course demand,


  • the requirements of the school’s overall instructional program.
sfhs ap course offerings
SFHS AP Course Offerings
  • Human Geography
  • World History
  • US History
  • US Government/Politics
  • Economics
  • European History
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Computer Science A
  • Chemistry
  • Environ. Science
  • Physics B
  • Music Theory
  • Studio Art 2D or 3D
  • Art History
  • English Lang and Comp
  • English Lit and Comp
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
for more information
For more information…
  • AP Central
  • College & University AP Credit Policies
  • AP Student Resources
  • AP Parent Resources
your ap contacts in the forsyth county school system
Your APContacts in the Forsyth County School System

Mrs. Heather Gordy

South Forsyth High School Assistant Principal

770-781-2264 x 100450

Mr. Michel Satterfield

Forsyth County Schools AP/IB Program Coordinator

770-887-2461 x 202246

what is the international baccalaureate organization ibo
What is the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) ?
  • TheInternational Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)is a recognized leader in the field of international education headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The IB Program encourages students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged citizens.
  • Founded in 1968, the IBO currently works with 2,425 schools in 131 countries to develop and offer three challenging IB programs to more than 593,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.
the ibo mission statement
The IBO Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

what is the ib diploma program
What is theIB Diploma Program?
  • The IB Diploma Programis a challenging two-year curriculum,aimed at students aged16 to 19. IB Examperformance can lead to qualifications that are widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.
  • TheIB Diploma Programboth prepares students for success at a strong college or university and encourages them to:
    • ask & answer challenging questions
    • understand how to learn at a high level
    • develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture.
    • develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
ib learner profile
IB Learner Profile
  • We hope that students who participate in the International Baccalaureate Program develop to become:
  • INQUIRERS Who acquire the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research
  • THINKERS Who exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems
  • COMMUNICATORSWho receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols
  • RISK TAKERS Who approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety, have confidence and independence, are courageous and articulate in defending things in which they believe
  • KNOWLEDGABLEWho have spent time in school exploring themes with global relevance and importance, and have acquired a critical mass of significant knowledge
  • PRINCIPLED Who have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning, integrity, honesty, and a sense of fairness and justice
  • CARING Who show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others and have a personal commitment to action and service
what makes the ib program at sfhs work for students
What makes theIB Programat SFHSwork for students?
  • IB teachers work collaboratively to develop curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments.
  • All SFHS IB teachers are well-trained & experienced in IB curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Interconnections among IB courses and between IB courses & the real world are identified and developed.
  • Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and CAS develop the whole person and prepare students for the demands of college.
  • Goals and skills are shared and reinforced by all.

SFHSIB Diploma Program Course Choices

Group 1:

English A1 HL

Group 3:

History of the Americas HL

Group 2:

French B SL / HL

Spanish B SL / HL Latin SL / HL

German SL / HL

Extended Essay

Theory of Knowledge

Creativity, Action,


Group 5:

Math Studies SL

Mathematics HL

Group 4:

Biology SL

Physics SL

Group 6:

Visual Arts A SLPsychology SL

Music Theory (Vocal) SL

what are sl and hl courses
What areSLandHLcourses?

Standard Level Course

  • 150 hrs instruction
  • Exams taken in Junior* or Senior Year

Higher Level Course

  • 240 hours of instruction
  • Exams taken in Senior Year

*Juniors are limited to taking only2 Standard Level Exams

do ib courses require students to take standardized tests similar to ap
DoIB Coursesrequire students to take standardized tests similar toAP ?

Every IB Course has two types of required assessments:

Internal Assessment

  • Graded by the classroom teacher
  • Random samples sent worldwide to IB examiners for moderation of scores

External Assessment

  • Timed, standardized IB Exams given at SFHS in May
  • All exams sent world-wide to IB Examiners for externalgrading.
  • Scores communicated to school & students in July after the exams.

How do students earn the IB Diploma?

Students must earn at least

24 total pointsonIB Exams.

Students take six (6)IB Exams their junior & senior years.

Student performance on IB Exams is scored on a 1 (low) to 7(high) scale.


A maximum of 3 additional points can be earned for a student’s combined performance in TOK and the Extended Essay.

A student must earn24of a possible45 pointsto earn theIB Diploma.

are there any additional criteria a student must meet to receive the ib diploma
Are there any additional criteria a student must meet to receive the IB Diploma?
  • A student must
  • Score above a 1 on all IB Exams.
  • Earn no more than three grades of 3 or below on IB Exams.
  • Earn a numeric gradeonIB Examsin all 6 IB subjects
  • Earn grades of A to E for both TOK and the Extended Essay, with a grade of at least D on one of them.
  • Meet all CAS requirements
  • NOT be found guilty of malpractice
how do i join the ib program
How do I join the IB Program?
  • Read, for understanding, the South Forsyth High School International Baccalaureate Program Informational Booklet. The Information Booklet can be downloaded from the South Forsyth High School International Baccalaureate Web Page.
  • Complete the Student Information Page, Statement of Intent, and IB Written Response. (available online 11-19-08)
  • Complete the BLUE Initial Teacher Recommendation Form.
  • ALL Forms are due on or before Wednesday, December 17, 2008. Return completed materials to Mrs. Brandi Cannizzaro in room 448.
want to know more about ib
Want to Know More About IB ?
  • If you have additional questions or need more information, please--
  • Contact Mrs. Brandi Cannizzaro at SFHS
  • Research IB Programs at
where to now
Where to now…
  • Meet and greet sessions for Advanced Placement Courses
  • @7:10, 7:30, and 7:50

Social Studies - room 1325

AP Human Geography-PLC

Science - room 1422

Math – room 1227

English – room 1211

Fine Arts – room 1501

World Languages – room 1427

IB Courses – PAC @ 7:10 and 7:40