We're excited to announce that Bishop Ludden is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years 0Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further intormation about the IB and its programmes, visit http://ibo.org.
What is the International Baccalaureate Degree Programme?
Advanced Placement courses have long been considered the go-to option for U.S. high schoolers who desire more challenging work than what's offered in the standard curriculum. But students may have more options for getting an academic challenge. An increasing number of American high schools offer the International Baccalaureate program which, like the AP program, offers a rigorous set of courses.
• The educational objectives differ: AP courses tend to focus intensively on a particular subject, while IB courses take a more holistic approach.
"In an AP class, you may look very deeply at an issue and look at if from multiple perspectives," says Matthew Nelson, director of advanced academics for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee. "In IB, it would probably be more, still looking at an issue, but you may be looking at an issue over time and how it has impacted other parts of the world and how there is that connectivity to it all," he says.
• IB students can earn an IB diploma: High schoolers who have embraced IB's global educational philosophy can elect to earn an IB diploma, which is recognized by colleges around the world.
Students take a standard set of courses and corresponding assessments in the rigorous two-year program, which they complete during their junior and senior year. There are other requirements, too, such as community service and a research paper.
"What's nice about IB and the diploma particularly, is you're saying, 'Hey, I'm willing to challenge myself in areas of strength, but I'm also willing to challenge myself in areas where I'm not as strong as well,'" he says.
But if students do not want to commit to the diploma program, they can pick and choose which IB courses they'd like to take, just like with AP classes, he says.
• Students can earn college credit with either: Both IB and AP classes culminate in an exam, and depending on the score, students may be able to earn college credit.
"If you are successful on the assessment, then it is invaluable in terms of how much money you save on college credit," says Nelson.