Description of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program:
AP® or Advanced Placement Program consists of a three year sequence of course work in a specific subject. It is available to serious students in Grades 10-12. The course work culminates in rigorous examinations held in May of the graduating year.
- Art History
Calculus AB & BC
Computer Science A
Government & Politics
International English Language (APIEL)
Each year according to the College Board more than half a million students take more than a million Advanced Placement Program exams!
College Credits and AP Scholar Awards:
The College Board offers a series of 8 Scholar Awards which recognize outstanding scores in AP examinations.
Advanced Placement International Diploma:
The APID is the College Board's answer to the IB's international cachet and acceptance. It is aimed at students studying abroad and American students who wish to attend university in a foreign country.
Description of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program:
In North America over 645 schools offer IB programs.
- the Diploma Programme for juniors and seniors
the Middle Years Programme for students aged 11 to 16
the Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 12
The programmes form a sequence but can be offered independently according to the needs of individual schools.
The IB Diploma Programme:
The IB Diploma is accepted at universities in over 115 countries.
A Matter of Excellence:
It boils down to two things: credibility and universal acceptance. These are key factors in a school's graduates gaining admission to the colleges and universities which they wish to attend.
College admissions officers usually have a pretty good idea of a school's academic standards if the school has previously submitted applicants. The school's track record is more or less established by those prior candidates. Grading policies are understood. Curriculum taught has been examined.
But what about a new school or a school from a foreign country or a school which is determined to upgrade its product? The AP and IB credentials immediately convey credibility. The standard is well-known and understood. Other things being equal, the college knows that a candidate with success in the AP or IB is ready for tertiary level work. The payoff for the student is exemption for many entry level courses. This in turn means that it the student gets his or her degree requirements completed more quickly. It also means fewer credits have to be paid for.
AP and IB are almost universally accepted as proof of secondary academic achievement on a high level. Apply to Harvard or Yale and they will both know exactly what IB and AP are and what the results mean. It's not the same with an applicant whose only credentials are good marks in his school's leaving examinations and some nice recommendations.
The AP and IB programs are not for every student or every school; however, if it is true academic excellence which you wish to attain, you will examine what the programs offer, and consider implementing one or the other.