July 26, 2018

What is the Difference Between AP & IB Programs

When it comes to your child’s education, you need to be very thorough in your research. You want your child to be successful, prepared for adulthood, and able to manage their schedule, right? With all of the things you need to take into consideration it’s likely that you feel overwhelmed when choosing a school, but we’ve made it easy for you. Just read below to learn more about the difference between AP and IP programs. Your knowledge will help you make the best decision for your child’s education!

At Providence Hall our curriculum follows the IB Programme. From elementary through high school our students learn within the program, which teaches them how to handle and critically analyze real-world problems. Though IB doesn’t provide college credit you might find that it is a better option for your student. Read on to learn the differences between IB and AP!

What is the AP Program?

AP stands for Advanced Placement. Many public schools encourage students to take AP classes to get college credit, but also because the tests cost money. Maybe you’ve heard that they’re the classes that will challenge your child and therefore look the most impressive to colleges. We don’t want to tell you what is and isn’t correct, but according to Wikipedia,

“[It] is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study.”

Based on that definition, the AP program can be a good choice for students who are striving to go above and beyond and looking for college credit. The courses are only offered in public schools, are administered by the College Board, and are state-approved curriculum. Now you have to ask yourself: are there any downsides? The classes themselves do not cost money, though the end-of-class exam does. The exam costs $87, and if the student does not “pass” the exam they cannot earn that sought after college credit, which is the reason for taking the course.

What is the IB Program?

IB stands for International Baccalaureate Programme. The IB program is less well-known, but equally important and valuable in a child’s education. The IB Programme does not offer college credit, but it doesn’t cost any money, and you don’t need to take the gamble of your child not passing the exam. The IB program is also state-approved and is administered by IBO.org. If your student decides to enroll in the IB program they can participate for their entire school career, depending on their starting grade.

“Our vision is to foster open and enlightened minds through education programmes crafted to suit students at all development stages between 3 and 19 years old.” – IBO.org

There are currently only a few schools in the state of Utah that offer the IB Programme, and Providence Hall is proud to be one of them! Students within the program are encouraged to learn through action and critically analyze situations to gain a larger picture of the world they live in. The program offers specialized testing that is both free and state-approved. Colleges do not accept IB courses as college credit, though students who have completed the program have reportedly performed better within their chosen university or college.

Instructors who teach through the IB Programme are encouraged to include and provide specialized attention to each student. Because students are taught this way from elementary through high school they can feel prepared and excited to take on higher education.

What is the Difference?

The main differences between these two programs are length, cost, and college credit. Many parents have found the IB Programme to be effective for children who learn through group discussion and actionable tasks, while some parents have appreciated the AP program for allowing their student to get a head start on college courses. No matter what the benefits are you should still talk to any schools you are considering to see what will work best for your specific student.

At Providence Hall we strive to be as transparent as possible when discussing our curriculum and teaching style. We like our parents to be knowledgeable about what their students are learning so they can provide the correct support and help. If you think your child would be a good fit in our IB Programme and within our elementary, jr. high, or high school, please do not hesitate to call us at 801-727-8260 or you may enter their name in our lottery system here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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