What Is IB?

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What Is IB?
What is IB? IB or International Baccalaureate is a curriculum offered by the International Baccalaureate organization based in Switzerland.
When most people think of the IB or International Baccalaureate, they are thinking of the IB Diploma Programme. The International Baccalaureate Organization actually offers three programs: Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes.
 
The IB Diploma Programme is a two year course of study for high school students aged 16-19. It has its own curriculum quite distinct from the more universal AP coursework most prep schools offer. The Programme leads to external examinations, success in which gain a diploma which is widely recognized by universities and colleges worldwide.
 
What Is The Difference Between IB and AP?
Think of IB as a complete package. It is curriculum and course work taught to universal IB standards. The International Baccalaureate Organisation authorizes schools to offer its programmes. (You don't just hang out a sign saying you are an IB school!) The teachers have to undergo a thorough preparation for teaching the IB programmes. The coursework culminates in examinations set and scored by the IB organization.

 

Think of AP or Advanced Placement as an add-on to your school's course offerings. The difference is that at the end of an AP course students are examined in a national examination as opposed to a local examination.

 

 

What Do IB and AP Have In Common?
IB and AP are all about excellence and high standards. Any prep school which offers IB or AP is making a statement. They are investing enormous amounts of effort and resources into achieving the best possible standards of teaching for their students. The result hoped for is a class of graduates who are ready for university level studies.

 


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