• IB  Curriculum

    IB Options at South Hills High

    SHHS IB courses are open to 11th and 12th-grade students who are interested in a rigorous course of study with a strong commitment to learning. We offer three IB options at SHHS:

    1. The Diploma Program  2. Associates  3. Courses
    Study 6 subjects(3 HL & 3 SL or 4 HL & 2 SL*) + the core: creativity, activity, service (CAS), extended essay(EE), and theory of knowledge(TOK) Study 3-4 subjects (2 HL & 2 SL or 3 HL*) +CAS & TOK Course selections [taking courses a la carte like students do with AP]

    *IB offers a variety of Higher Level (HL) & Standard Level (SL) courses. HL courses represent 240 teaching hours. SL courses represent 150 teaching hours.

  • IB Courses at SHHS

    Group 1: Language A

    • Language and Literature HL

    Group 2: Language B

    • Spanish HL & SL
    • Chinese (Mandarin) SL

    Group 3: Individuals and Societies

    • History HL
    • Business and Management SL

    Group 4: Sciences

    • Biology HL & SL
    • Sports, Exercise, and Health SL

    Group 5: Mathematics

    • Mathematical Studies SL

    Group 6: The Arts

    • Visual Arts HL

    The Diploma Programme:

    • One subject must be selected from each of the groups 1-5.
    • The sixth subject may be selected from group 6 or from 1-5.
    • Choose 3 HL and 3 SL courses or 4 HL and 2 SL courses
    • CAS, EE, & TOK are also required


    • Choose 2 HL and 2 SL courses or 3 HL courses
    • CAS & TOK are also required


  • Cultivating a Growth Mindset

    Does taking an IB course sound intimidating? Why? Perhaps you are ready for a challenge! Perhaps you are ready to embrace a lifelong journey of learning! Prospective IB students should challenge themselves and enroll in at least one AP or Honors course in their 9th and/or 10th grade. Please see Ms. Marquez or your counselor for more information.