To our students & parents:
Our strong tradition of academic excellence prepares students for college and beyond. Students taking AP and IB classes and especially those who earn the IB Diploma are competitive for scholarships and impress college admissions counselors. James Island Charter High School is the only school in Charleston County authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Our strong tradition of academic excellence prepares students for college and beyond.
Advanced Placement®: JICHS offers AP courses in a variety of areas. AP courses give students access to rigorous college-level work, and AP students build confidence and learn the essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success. See APcollegeboard and AP class information for more information.
International Baccalaureate: Students in 9th and 10th grade may enroll in JICHS' Pre-IB Program. Ninth and tenth grade students take honors or AP courses in all areas available and complete the third level of their world language by the end of the tenth grade. The IB program starts in the 11th and 12th grade. See IBO.org for more information.
JICHS offers a varied IB curriculum with options for students who focus on the humanities, math and science or both. The beauty of the IB Diploma’s curriculum is that, regardless of curricular focus, students are exposed to a rigorous, internationally recognized curriculum in all disciplines. Students earning an IB Diploma demonstrate critical thinking skills in all academic areas.
Students enrolled in the program are required to complete an extended essay (EE), a theory of knowledge course (TOK), and creativity, action, and service hours (CAS). These three essential parts of the IB Diploma contribute to the lifelong learner that emerges when students participate in the IB Program and add to colleges considering the IB Diploma the most rigorous high school program available.
Grading: AP and IB courses are awarded a full quality point above the CP weighting. Seminar or support courses (science labs) for AP or IB are weighted as honors but not as AP or IB courses. · A standard-level (SL) IB course can carry only one quality point. However, two quality points of IB credit can be granted for higher-level (HL) courses in the IB program that require a minimum of 240 hours of instruction.
Thank you for your interest in our programs. Please contact me with any questions.
Jennifer Smillie, AP & IB Coordinator/IB Counselor