WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IB AND AP?
Advanced Placement (AP) classes are a set of standardized college-level classes developed by the College Board. There are currently 38 AP classes available. These college level courses range from common subjects like Biology and US History to less common high school offerings like Psychology and Human Geography. Students decide how many and which AP classes they wish to take. Once the student completes the course, they sit for the AP Subject Exam in an attempt to earn college credit.
The International Baccalaureate Program requires students to take 8 college level courses across 6 subject areas (English, Foreign Language, Social Studies, Science, Math and Arts/Electives) in both their Junior and Senior year. The program also requires students to take Theory of Knowledge, write an Extended Essay and complete a service requirement. At the end of 12th grade, students sit for the IB Written Exams in an attempt to earn the IB Diploma and college credit.
MYP for Parents
At MPHS, the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) applies to students in 9th and 10th grade. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagements.
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DP for Parents
The IB Diploma Program (DP) is a two-year international education program that prepares students for success going into, and throughout, university.
The DP offers a holistic approach to teaching and learning with a keen focus on developing intercultural awareness. Students learn to explore and understand the world around them through inquiry, critical thinking and open-mindedness.
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what is the international baccalaureate program?
The International Baccalaureate Program was established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 with the intent of offering an accredited, well rounded, consistent, recognizable and reputable educational program for students living abroad and wanting to attend universities in the US. Basically, a program designed to provide universities with a "universally understood transcript".
The International Baccalaureate Program is offered worldwide and aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people to help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
At the core of the program is the IB Learner Profile which describes the 10 attributes of an IB student. Think of the IB Program as you would a college major, where there is a set curriculum that must be completed in order to earn a diploma.
Middle Years Program (9th & 10th Grade)
Diploma Program (11th & 12th Grade)
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