• The Washington Post names JCIB #1 High School in Alabama

    # 20 in the National Rankings 2019

    2020 Jay Mathews' Challenge Index # 16 in the United States


    School Population:
    Suburban, residential Jefferson County, Alabama

    School Description:

    • Gifted magnet program established in 1973
    • International Baccalaureate World School since 1991
    • Accredited by AdvancEd and the State of Alabama
    • JCIB is a school within a school. It is part of the Shades Valley
      High School Campus and students take some elective courses at SVHS.
    • There are approximately 1100 students at Shades Valley/JCIB
    • 324 students enrolled in the IB school program
    • High school grades 9-12
    • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Program (11-12)
    • All juniors and seniors are pursuing the IB diploma
    • 65 seniors
    • 4 National Merit Finalists, 45 AP Scholars, 16 AP Scholars with Honor, 17 AP Scholars with Distinction 

    Curriculum: International Baccalaureate/Advanced Placement. All academic classes are taught on an accelerated level.

    AP Courses: US and Modern World History, US Government, Macroeconomics, Human Geography, Psychology, English Language and English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, French, German, Spanish, Statistics, Calculus AB and BC, and Computer Science Principles

    IB Courses: Theory of Knowledge, Literature, French, German, Spanish, Geography,History, Psychology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Chemistry, Design Tech, Biology, Mathematics Analysis & Approaches, Mathematics Applications & Interpretations, Art, and Environmental Systems


    20 teachers; 19 master’s degrees; 1 specialist; 2 doctorates

    Average experience – 14 years; 75% with 5+ years’ experience

     Professional Memberships - The College Board, NASSP, NCSS, ASCD, NCTE, CSTA, AATF, AWLA, NSTA, NABT, NCTM, AFTG, AATSP, AFFC, FTE, ACSS, CATE, Center for Civic Education, NMSI, ACTM, NAEA

    6 teachers are Nationally Board Certified; 1 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teachers, 1 Fulbright Recipient

    Grading System:

    A              100-90 = 4 points          B      80-89 = 3 points

    C              70-79 =   2 points          D      60 – 69 = 1 point

    AP Courses and IB Courses receive + 1 point; Pre-AP/IB + .5 point

    GPA = Semester grade points divided by number of courses taken with all subjects included.

    Requirements for graduation: 30 credits are required for Advanced Academic Diploma: 4 credits of English, 4 Social Science, 4 Math; 4 Science, 2 Foreign Language, ½ Health, 1 Computer Science, 1 LIFE PE, and 8.5 electives.  Two or more courses must be AP/IB. 

    100% of IB students accepted to four-year colleges.

    Test Results:

    All students take the ACT during their second semester junior year and they may choose to take it multiple times. Some students elect to take the SAT.

    ACT Results* - Composite Mean: 27.36

    SAT Results* – Average Critical Reading: 684

                             Average Mathematics: 688

                             Average Composite: 1344

    IB Results* – 79% of graduating class earned the IB Diploma

                           Average exam score was a 4.87 for diploma earners

                           Average diploma score was a 30

    * Data based on 2020-2021 information

    CEEB Code – 011459

    JCIB Head of School: Mrs. Lori Lightsey

    SVHS Principal: Mr. Taki Sarhaan

    IB Diploma Coordinator/College Counselor: Dr. April Lufkin Miller

    Facebook: JCIBSchool     

    Mission Statement:

    At JCIB we strive to cultivate intellectually curious, internationally-minded individuals who possess the skills, knowledge, and creativity to positively impact lives through compassion and tolerance in an ever-changing world.

    Students apply for admission to the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate. Students may have attended any accredited home school, private or public school prior to entrance to JCIB; approximately 2/3 of the students come from within the Jefferson County school district and 1/3 come from other districts. The schedule at JCIB is an alternating block, with classes meeting every other day for the entire year. As juniors, students participate in the Work-Study program in which students are dismissed from school on Wednesdays after their morning classes. Students arrange to volunteer for at least a semester in a field of interest to them, e.g. university lab, local hospital, law office, veterinarian clinics, public library, middle school, etc. to further explore college and career options. JCIB operates in some instances as a school within a school – IB students take all of their IB and core academic classes at JCIB; some electives and academy classes may be taken at our host campus, Shades Valley. There are currently 67 JCIB seniors all of whom will apply to 4 year colleges amidst the 302 person senior class at Shades Valley. 

    Extracurricular Activities:

    JCIB students compete on the athletic teams at Shades Valley High School including baseball, basketball (boys & girls), bowling (boys & girls), cheer, colorguard, cross-country (boys & girls), football, golf (boys & girls), soccer (boys & girls), softball, swimming, tennis (boys & girls), track (boys & girls), Volleyball, and wrestling at the 6A level. 

    Sports are not the only competitive teams available to JCIB students. Academic teams include Debate, Science Olympiad, Math Team, Scholars Bowl, Mu Alpha Theta, Future Problem Solvers and Model UN.

    There are a variety of extracurricular clubs and service organizations led/comprised of JCIB students: Best Robotics, Diamond Dolls, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Priority, French Club, German Club, Spanish Club, National Beta Club.

    Honor Societies:

    Students who meet the necessary requirements may be inducted into JCIB chapters of national honor societies for several fields or areas of study: National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National French Honor Society, National German Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, Tri-M Music Honor Society, International Thespian Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Science Honor Society.


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