What Is IB?

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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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