12 Apr Intenational Baccalaureate (IB) classes
One factor some students consider when choosing a high school is whether it has an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Often compared with the Advanced Placement (AP) program, the IB program allows students to take college-level courses while in high school.
So what is International Baccalaureate? What is the IB Program and an IB Diploma, and why are IB classes worth taking?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program was designed in Switzerland in the 1960s. Its purpose was to give students around the world a chance to earn a rigorous, internationally recognized diploma, which they could then use for entry into universities.
To earn an IB Diploma, you have to go to an IB-approved school (called an “IB World School”) and meet the requirements, which include taking classes in the six subject groups, passing the IB exams, and completing three additional core requirements.
But what if you don’t want to do the Diploma? It’s also possible to take a few IB classes without doing the full-blown Diploma Programme, though each high school has its own policy on this.
One of the chief benefits of the IB program is that it provides academic preparation for college. IB courses are known for being interdisciplinary, requiring a good deal of independent thinking, and assigning oral presentations and original research—all characteristics of college courses.