When your child enters a
private high school, he or she may have the option of choosing from various academic tracks,
which guide students in focusing their academic pursuits. Your student’s
private high school may offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum
or an array of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Progressing through either
of these academic tracks will place students among the most desirable
candidates in terms of college placement. Before your child chooses from
the IB and AP curricula, he or she should be fully aware of what both
paths expect of students.
One of the primary
differences between AP and IB curricula is the approach they take to any particular subject. An AP course examines
a particular subject at an in-depth level, just as a typical college course
would. For example, a typical public high school class in American history
might review excerpts from the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin to learn
a little about this important historical figure. An AP course on American
history might thoroughly analyze Franklin’s objectives in writing
his memoirs, place them in the context of the time period, and consider
whether Franklin may have had ulterior motives for the book.
The IB curriculum takes an integrated, holistic approach to subject matters,
incorporating a global perspective to each lesson. In an IB course, students
will study the subject in-depth, however, they will also consider the
global context of the subject and study how it relates to other past and
IB and AP curricula both impose rigorous academic requirements of students.
With both tracks, students may choose to take a small selection of courses,
rather than enrolling in the full track. For example, students could choose
to take one or two AP courses in private high school, rather than working
toward a college preparatory track diploma. However, AP programming focuses
largely on academic courses and electives, whereas the IB curriculum encompasses
community service and a capstone project, known as the extended essay.
Students at The Quarry Lane School can choose from three rigorous academic
tracks, including the IB Diploma Programme Track and the College Preparatory
Track, which offers numerous AP courses. Our private high school in Dublin
and Pleasanton, CA, firmly believes in challenging students to reach their
full potential. For more information on academics at our college preparatory
school, call us at (925) 829-8000.