The Washington Post names JCIB #1 High School in Alabama
# 20 in the National Rankings 2019
Suburban, residential Jefferson County, Alabama
- 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 1300 students at Shades Valley/JCIB
- 346 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
- 72 seniors
- 4 National Merit Finalists
52 AP Scholars, 22 AP Scholars with Honor, 32 AP Scholars with
Distinction and 3 AP National Scholars
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate/Advanced Placement
All academic classes are taught on an accelerated level.
AP Courses: US and European History, US Government,
Macroeconomics, Human Geography, Psychology, English Language
and English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1 & Physics 2,
Environmental Science, French, German, Spanish, Statistics, Calculus
AB and BC, and Computer Science Principles
IB Courses: Theory of Knowledge, Mathematics and Mathematic
Studies, History, Literature/English, Art, French, German, Spanish,
Psychology, Philosophy, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, and
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
5 teachers are Nationally Board Certified; 1 Presidential Award for
Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teachers, 1 Fulbright Recipient
100% of IB students accepted to four-year colleges.
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.
Test Results: SAT Results* – Average Critical Reading: 686
Average Mathematics: 658 Average Composite: 1344
ACT Results* - Composite Mean: 28.27
IB Results* – 68% of graduating class earned the IB Diploma
Average exam score was a 4.64 for diploma earners
Average diploma score was a 30
* Data based on 2018-2019 information
JCIB Head of School: Mrs. Lori Lightsey
SVHS Principal:Mr. Taki Sarhaan
IB Diploma Coordinator/College Counselor:
Dr. April Lufkin Miller
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 and seniors, 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 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, 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.
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.