South View High School
The school I will be highlighting in the South View District is South View High School. South View High School is located in attendance area four in Central and Southern Hope Mills as well as the parts of Parkton that lie in Cumberland County. South View is actually home to two academic programs, International Baccalaureate Academy and the Academy of Public Safety and Security.
The International Baccalaureate Academy at South View High School is a rigorous program that challenges its students so that they can be prepared for college. IB students are taught to think beyond the norm and see things from different points of view in order to better understand other cultures. Students in the IB program are tested in six different subject areas that make up the pre-university curriculum: English, History, Foreign Languages, Math, Science, and an arts or elective class. During their 11th and 12th grades, these students must take a special IB test that go to qualify them for the IB diploma. Even though the tests are difficult, they also give the students college credits in that area.
In order to receive the IB diploma, students must take at least four English levels, four History classes, five levels in a foreign language, four science classes, four levels of math, and one IB elective. Students must then take IB tests in the six areas and score a minimum of 24 points total. IB diploma candidates also have to write the extended essay which is up to three points. On the other hand, the IB certificate you still have to take just about the same amount of courses unless noted otherwise, like with the foreign languages. Also, students getting their only getting their IB certificate have to take and pass at least two IB tests in any subject.
The Academy of Public Safety and Security is a new program for students interested in the different categories that fall under this topic. Students learn about the following
- Law Enforcement
- Courts and Law
- Forensic Science
- Crime Science Investigation
- Private Security
- Teamwork and Problem-Solving
Both of these programs are open to any student in Cumberland County. However, if you live outside of the South View District you must also complete the Governed Choice application by the specified deadline.