Students seeking the finest [high school] preparation available for an American college should consider the International Baccalaureate. The IB offers an integrated curriculum that provides students with the skill needed to be world-class scholars and an educational philosophy that prepares them to be first-class citizens. I do not know of a more comprehensive and appropriate learning model.
IB is well known to us for excellent preparation. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.
Send us prepared students á la IB... It is the best high school prep curriculum an American school can offer.
One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated programme, well established, well known and well respected. We know the quality of IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific.
I have always been a supporter of the International Baccalaureate. It is a thoughtful and genuinely intellectual curriculum with an unusually high degree of integrity and connectedness. There is no other curriculum anywhere that does a superior job of both educating students and inspiring a true and broad-based love of learning.
The International Baccalaureate Programmes' emphasis on critical thinking skills, increased content knowledge and an interdisciplinary approach to education not only prepare students for success at the postsecondary level, but also for life and the world of work.
|International: emphasis on global perspectives
|Mostly US: more academic than philosophical
|From the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) Mission: Through challenging programs of international education and assessment, IBO seeks to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people, who will become compassionate citizens seeking a better and more peaceful world.
|The College Board Mission: To be a great educational organization dedicated to preparing, inspiring, and connecting students to college success and opportunity, with a commitment to excellence and equity.
|Holistic or Total Program: The Diploma Program is a course of study, encompassing six areas: literature and language arts, history, foreign language, science, math and the arts.
|Single Strength or Cafeteria Style: students choose AP courses that fit their strengths and that are independent of one another.
|Students also take a class called Theory of Knowledge, write a senior research project called the Extended Essay, and complete 150 CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) hours.
|No additional requirements
|More divergent: asks why more than what
|More convergent: asks what more than why
|Graded world-wide with global standards
|Graded in U.S. with American standards
|Many factors, such as papers, orals, and projects, in addition to the written exam, determine the final score (1-7).
|Score (1-5) hinges on a single written exam.
|Emphasizes process and integration of content across content areas
|IB Student many also sit for AP exams.
|AP students may not sit for IB exams.