An Overview of South Shore International College Preparatory High School

Founded in 1940 as South Shore High School and then converted into a selective enrollment high school, South Shore International College Preparatory High School (also known as South Shore) is located in the South Shore neighborhood in the southeast side of Chicago. South Shore is ranked as the 195th best school in the state of Illinois. Total enrollment at South Shore is 591 students with a student to teacher ratio of 16:1. Of their total enrollment, 100% of students are people of color and 85% of students receive free or reduced-price lunch. South Shore also boasts a fantastic graduation rate: 99%.

South Shore is unique in that it is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. This means that the school will not only follow the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) but they’ll also follow IB standards. Therefore, they’ll be a part of a program which reaches 1.3 million IB students worldwide, 4,527 IB World Schools, and 156 countries. The mission of IB states that it “aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. It further contends that it “works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.” Additionally, students enrolled in the IB program have the opportunity to take up to seven college-level courses.

Courses offered at South Shore consist of standard courses as well as more specialized courses of study. More specialized courses that are unique to the school include classes in African American history, law, entrepreneurship, medical health professions, forensic science, solar energy, computer science, and journalism. South Shore also offers aquatic classes as well JROTC in addition to more conventional PE courses. Fine arts offered incorporate visual art, band, and choir while languages offered include Chinese and Spanish. South Shore also has a wide array of sports to choose from if students are interested in athletics. These encompass but are not limited to baseball, basketball, football, bowling, track and field, cheerleading, soccer, swimming, and volleyball among others.

For more information about classes or athletics at South Shore, visit their website at

Lauren Lynch, Tutoring Coordinator
(312) 848-1266