1. What are the objectives of the IB Diploma Program?

    The general objectives of the IB program are to provide students with a balanced education; to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility; and to promote international understanding through academic experience.

    Requirements for the IB Diploma are structured to meet the entrance requirements of the best universities throughout the world, while striving to meet the ideal of liberal arts education. Originally designed in 1968 for international schools, the IB has gone far beyond the needs of this small student population and is now a significant educational force in more than 100 countries.

    The International Baccalaureate Organization’s goal is to educate the whole person, to help students become responsible, compassionate citizens.

    Socastee High School’s first Anticipated Diploma class began their Diploma studies in 1998. The first Diplomas were awarded in 2000.

    2. Who is eligible to participate in the IB Diploma Program?

    Any rising 11th grader in Horry County Schools is eligible to participate in the Socastee High School IB Diploma Program provided he/she has successfully completed the recommended pre-IB course of study.

    Rising ninth graders who do not live in the Socastee High attendance area who wish to attend Socastee High to study in the preparatory program should complete an  online application and submit the application before the end of the eighth grade. Furthermore, an online student transfer application must be completed and submitted to the Horry County Schools for consideration. Please review carefully the instructions for completing the transfer application. The Horry County Schools makes all decisions related to student transfers.

    3. How is the IB Diploma Program organized and structured?

    Students in grades eleven and twelve study a world-class, rigorous pre-university curriculum. The curriculum is displayed in the shape of a hexagon with six academic areas (Language A1, Second Language, Individuals & Societies, Laboratory Sciences, Mathematics, Arts & Electives) surrounding the core (Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and Creativity, Action, & Service). Subjects are studied concurrently and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences. In order to earn the Diploma, students must study one course from each of the six groups of which three must be Higher Level (HL) courses.

    4. How does the IB compare to the AP?

    The IB Diploma Program seeks to provide a challenging curriculum in which humanists are encouraged to become numerate and mathematicians are encouraged to become literate; in other words, students are expected to become well-rounded students who are required to exploit their academic strengths and to remediate their academic weaknesses. IB courses require an internal assessment component in which a practical application of the discipline is exercised and comprises a percentage of the final mark awarded for the course. Students take final examinations which count toward the award of the IB Diploma. Advanced college credit for IB courses is dependent on the recognition policy of each college or university. Finally, the IB requires students to become contributing members of their society as well as to develop personal athletic and creative talents. The IB Diploma is widely known and is recognized as an important criteria for admission to many international universities.

    The Advanced Placement (AP) encourages students to exploit their academic strengths through challenging courses. Advanced college credit for AP courses is dependent upon AP examination results and the credit policy of each college or university. IB students are allowed to take AP examinations for courses that correspond to the curriculum of AP courses. AP is widely known in the American educational system while the IB is rapidly gaining more recognition in the United States.

    5. When do students apply for the SHS IB?

    Interested students should apply in the winter or early spring of their tenth grade year for the IB. Likewise, students interested in the preparatory program should apply in the winter or early spring of their eighth grade year.

    6. Is there a charge for participating in the IB?

    Current students do not pay registration and examination fees.

    7. Is transportation provided?

    Bus transportation is available to students who live in the Socastee High attendance area.

    8. Unique features of the Socastee High IB?

    • A rigorous pre-university education which employs world-class standards in addition to local, state or national standards
    • A WILLINGNESS TO ALLOW ALL CAPABLE AND MOTIVATED Horry County students who successfully complete the preparatory program to participate in the IB
    • A strong second-language instructional program
    • Efforts to offer conversational instruction in an exotic language such as Mandarin
    • A highly accomplished and dedicated instructional staff
    • An emphasis on local, state, regional, national, and global citizenship  
    • Foreign travel opportunities
    • Annual educational field trips
    • Student IB Center with work space and technology tools
    • A coordinator to monitor the program and each student’s progress
    • An impressive list of college and university admissions and attendance
    • The possibility of taking AP examinations for IB courses that cover the AP content
    • A traditional high school setting and experience