JCIB School Profile


The Washington Post names JCIB #1 High School in Alabama  2017 WP

        # 18 in the National Rankings

 School Population:

 Suburban, residential Jefferson County, Alabama

 School Description:

  • Gifted magnet program established in 1973
  • International Baccalaureate 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
  • 361 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
  • 60 seniors
  • National Merit Finalists
  • 51 AP Scholars, 19 AP Scholars with Honor, 34 AP      
    Scholars with Distinction and 5 AP National Scholars

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 Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics 2 & Physics  C, Environmental Science, French, German, Spanish, Statistics, Calculus AB/BC, and Computer Science Principles.

IB Courses: Theory of Knowledge, Mathematics and Mathematic Studies, History, Literature/English, Art, French, German, Spanish, Geography, Psychology, Philosophy, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Systems

School Code Number – 011459

JCIB Head of School: Sandy Jolivette

SVHS Principal: Dr. Antjuan Marsh

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

* Data based on 2016-2017 information



20 teachers; 18 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, AFSC, FTE, ACSS, CATE, Center for Civic Education   

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

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

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. 

Test Results: SAT Results* –          
Average Critical Reading: 668
Average Mathematics: 678
Average Composite:  1347

ACT Results* - Composite Mean: 30.35

IB Results* – 65% of graduating class earned the IB Diploma

Average exam score was a 4.63 for diploma earners

Average diploma score was a 30


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 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 complete 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, Chess & Strategic Gaming, Diamond Dolls, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Priority, French Club, German Club, Spanish Club, Creative Writing, Ronald McDonald House, TED Talks, Technology for Students Association, Unity Club, National Beta Club, Junior Civitan.

Students who meet the necessary requirements may be inducted into JCIB chapters of national honor societies for several fields of 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.  


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