Center for International Studies (CIS)

Center for International Studies

Ranked 2019 & 2018 "Exemplary" by OCPS Annual Magnet Review
Named 2020 & 2019 "National Magnet School of Distinction" by Magnet Schools of America
Named 2017 "Magnet Program of Excellence" by Magnet Schools of America

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CIS Handbook

Magnet At-a-Glance

Magnet Agreement 

 

Magnet Guide to Calculating GPA

Practicum Project - Instructions

International Council Application


Calendar of Events

Reminder: CIS students must attend at least TWO magnet cultural evening events each year

New Student Summer Orientation (virtual) - Thursday, August 6, 2020

Cultural Event #1: Fall Holiday Festival (virtual) - November 9-13, 2020

Cultural Event #2: TedED Forums (virtual) - December 10-15, 2020

Magnet Open House for Prospective Students (virtual) - Tuesday, January 19, 2021  6:00PM
(missed it?  click this link for a mini version of presentation)

Cultural Event #3:  Language Festival (virtual) - March 8-11, 2021

Cultural Event #4: Flex-Options (virtual) - March 25-April 11, 2021

International Hosting Opportunities

SUSPENDED due to COVID-19

2020-2021 E-pal & virtual experiences available with sister cities/schools abroad.
Check with your CIS class sponsors!

Parent Volunteers

We'd love to have you on our team! If you wish to support our magnet, please click here.

CIS Photos

About the CIS Magnet

CIS Highlights              What CIS Graduates Say            Interested? How to Apply

The Dr. Phillips High School's Center for International Studies Magnet (CIS), established in 1987, provides a strong academic curriculum with an international dimension where students develop the skills and knowledge to cultivate an attitude of cross-cultural awareness.  Social Studies and World Languages form the core of the CIS curriculum, emphasizing major concepts in international affairs, politics, history, world religions, and humanities; while having the opportunity to become fluent in a foreign language. The CIS magnet offers a strong Advanced Placement emphasis, enhancing student opportunities for scholarships and college entrance.

In support of our magnet mission, our students take AP-social studies classes, Honors and AP- English classes, and complete four years of a world language while in high school.

Overview of Requirements: (see Handbook for details)

  • Enrollment in required CIS classes
  • 3.0 unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale for each grading period/quarter
  • Good attendance
  • Compliance with OCPS Code of Conduct with no Level II, III, IV disciplinary actions
  • Compliance with CIS Honors Code
  • Participation in scheduled CIS seminars, assemblies, and multicultural activities
  • Yearly attendance at TWO magnet multicultural evening events
  • Completed "practicum" (real-life international experience, project, activity) before end of junior year

Course Progression: (see Handbook above for details)

This represents a typical CIS class schedule.
Required magnet courses must be taken on DPHS campus and are in bold:

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

English I Honors

English II Honors

AP English Language 

AP English Literature 

AP Human Geography

AP World History

AP US History

AP Art History or VC Anthropology

World Language

World Language

World Language

World Language

Math

Math

Math

Math

Science

Science

Science

Science

HOPE
(Physical Ed)

Elective

Elective

US Government & Economics
(AP or Honors suggested)

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Total: 24 credits required for graduation

Course requirements are subject to change, pending state curriculum changes and availability of specialized instructors. CIS Social Studies, English, and cultural arts classes are only taught at the honors and AP levels. To remain in the CIS magnet, students must remain and succeed in these required level classes. For more curriculum details, please visit the magnet handbook.

In addition to studying history, our CIS program provides an exciting exposure to different cultures and international relationships through many stimulating international experiences, including fun evening events, field trips to local cultural organizations, guest speakers, short-term hosting of foreign exchange students, and participation in study-travel programs abroad; all of which afford students direct interaction with foreign cultures.

Among our magnet students:

  • Six of our school's top 10 Highest Ranked Students for the Class of 2019 were CIS students
  • Over 4 million dollars in scholarship money was offered to CIS 2019 graduating seniors, including four CIS students who received athletic scholarships
  • 100% of the Class of 2019 entered college
  • Students enter MIT, Harvard, William and Mary, Dartmouth, Duke, most Florida universities, and smaller local colleges
  • While students enter universities with the plan to major in a wide variety of subjects, many indicate majors in International Business, International Affairs, Political Science, Art Programs, and Urban Studies, with career plans that include the Foreign Service, diplomacy, teaching abroad, and working for the United Nations
  • CIS students outperform district and state results by an average of 40% for reading scores and over 50% for math scores

We strive to support our students during their high school career and to ensure a great quality education.

CIS Partnerships

CIS is fortunate to have multiple partnerships which support student learning. These include our Parent Advisory Board, Dr. Phillips Rotary Club, Rotary Youth Exchange Program, City of Urayasu, Urayasu International Friendship Association, BG|BRG St. Martin School (Austria), Aabybro Efterskole (Denmark); and our academic local partnerships with the Global Perspectives Office at the University of Central Florida, and the Holocaust Memorial Resource/Education Center of Florida.

We are honored to be partners with the University of Central Florida's Global Perspectives program. Global Perspectives has shared dozens of guest speakers with us since 2008, including ambassadors, generals, Foreign Service officers, and experts on topics such as international relations, terrorism, human trafficking, and faith communities.

"Too many Americans shy away from or lack interest in foreign affairs. What they may not know or fully appreciate is that every major global issue today has no regard for political boundaries. What is global is local. Dr. Phillips understands these realities, and it endeavors to produce students who are knowledgeable and prepared for the rigors of the world environment. They are globally aware and locally engaged."
-UCF Global Perspectives former President, John Bersia

Interested in Joining CIS?

Want to know what a successful magnet student in CIS looks like? We have found that this student is...

  • Consistently earning A's and B's in advanced/honors English and social studies classes
  • On or above grade level on state assessments
  • Ready to be challenged and has a love of learning
  • Able to use time management skills to turn in assignments on time
  • Dedicated to the time and effort the program requires for all four years
  • Excited to be part of extracurricular activities and events

If the above description sounds like your student, please apply at www.schoolchoice.ocps.net. Students applying for admission may do so during their eighth or ninth grade years. The magnet application and lottery is done through the Office of School Choice Services during the months of November through February. We'd love for you to be a part of our highly competitive, college prep program!

Please note that bus transportation is not provided for this program.

Specific Eligibility Requirements: Applicant's schedule must be able to accommodate magnet classes; a 3.0 GPA is recommended.

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