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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

AP Versus IB

Here are some links that might be helpful in understanding the differences/pluses/minuses to AP and IB.

AP link
And by the way, the College Board site also has info on SAT (they do that as well) and a lot of college information.

IB link

Maybe Brita will weigh in at some point on her experience with her daughter being in the IB program. I have friend with a son at Ingraham. She is very happy, he likes the rigor (but they can't start their community service until junior year and it makes it more hectic to get everything done) and my friend feels that the school is integrated (regular ed kids can sign up for individual IB classes if they want to and, of course, there are electives).

3 comments:

Jet City mom said...

Thats good to hear that the IB courses are available to other students- I didn't have the impression that Interlake had the same flexibility & since the course load is very time consuming it limited the opportunity of my nieces to participate in other school activities. My younger niece was able to be on a sports team, but it was very difficult.

I think it can also be difficult for other students trying to take a college prep schedule, to take the classes required by the district for graduation.

Foreign language is not required most regrettably, although try to get into a challenging college without it, occupational ed is required, and since music isn't considered to meet that requirement at most schools, it leaves students scrambling to fill the 1.5 credit requirement.

Anonymous said...

As to universities offering college credit for IB... I have a cousin who did IB at the American School in Paris in the 1980s. At the time, many US universities would give students with IB diplomas junior standing, not just credit for individual classes, but credit for two full years of college. It was treated as the equivalent of an AA degree. My cousin didn't finish the program (moved back here a few months short of graduation), but was still admitted to a reasonably good university as a freshman.

Jet City mom said...

Yes- it is not widely known that colleges don't necessarily require a high school diploma for admission- as long as their entry requirements are met.
Many schools admit home schoolers and consider them to add diversity to their student body- same with students who have attended international schools.

One local student recently was taking classes at SCCC through running start and as soon as he completed admission reqirements, applied to & attended University of Chicago. The running start courses gave him junior level status ( @ 17)
Not so bad when tuition & fees for the upcoming year run $47,000.
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