FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MPHS INTERNATIONAL BACCALAURETE PROGRAM

1. What is the difference between AP and IB programs?


AP PROGRAM IB PROGRAM


Developed by College Board to help students acquire the skills necessary to succeed in college.

that they encourage high school seniors to engage in independent study and college-level work, and that achievement exams be used to allow students to enter college with advanced standing.

Developed by International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO to help develop the intellectual personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. It's also a college prep curriculum.

Students are responsible for testing fees that are due at the beginning of the school year.

Students are responsible for testing fees that are due at the beginning of the school year. Students must take at least 3 Higher Level courses and 3 Standard Level courses. Higher level courses are taught over two years. Standard level courses can be taught over one or two years.


An AP Grade of 3, 4, or 5 generally indicates sufficient mastery of course content to allow exemption from a college course comparable to the AP course, placement in the succeeding college course, or college credit. Since each college or university determines credit and placement policies, students should contact colleges and universities to ask about their individual AP policies or check www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy
An IB Grade of 5, 6, or 7 generally indicates sufficient mastery of course content to allow exemption from a college course comparable to the IB course, placement in the succeeding college course, or college credit. Since each college or university determines credit and placement policies, students should contact colleges and universitie to ask about their individual IB policies or check http://www.ibo.org/diploma/recognition/directory/index.cfm

Students take Honors courses in 9th and 10th grade to prepare for AP courses and satisfy prerequisited. Most AP courses are offered in grades 11 and 12.

Students take IB Years Program (IBMYP) courses in 9th and 10th grade to prepare for the diploma program and satisfy entrance requirements. Students take IB Diploma courses in 11th and 12th grade.


AP classes earn 2 additional quality points

IB courses earn 2 additional quality points


Myers Park offers a wide variety of AP courses. AP courses offered each year vary, but typically are offered in most subect areas (e.g. Mathematics, Sciences, English, Social Studies, Foreign Languages, and the Arts).

Students must take at least six courses from specific subject areas (English, Foreign Language, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts and electives). Students must also complete a Theory of Knowledge course, write a 4000 word Extended Essay and complete 150 hours of Community, Action and Service hours.


Courses are completed in one school year

Most courses are completed over a two year period.

2. How to choose between IB and AP?

While it is possible for IB students to take a select number of AP courses in their Junior or Senior Year and sit for some AP exams depending on testing schedule, AP students may not sit for IB exams or take IB Programs.Generally, IB students are strong in foreign language and like projects and "essay style" testing. IB students also must be well organized and interested in learning from a more global perspective.

3.

Can I take Music/Band or Art or play a varsity sport and still be an IB student?

Although academic achievement and studying is a priority, many IB students enjoy a very rich extracurricular high school experience and participate in sports,IB Student Council, Student Government, Honor Societies etc.

The CAS requirement (explained above) guarantees that the student will be involved in a variety of nonacademic activities. As there can be scheduling conflicts, it is important to talk to your counselor early if you plan to participate in music, art, newspaper or other electives that are often offered only once a day.

4. What is Creativity, Action and Service?

In 9th and 10th grade, CAS hours can only be earned in Service activities. Service hours can include volunteering at any number of organizations. For the diploma canidates, hours can be earned in a variety of ways from participating in clubs, sports, or volunteer activites. As part of the Middle Years Program (MYP), students are required to complete at least 35 hours of service in the 9th grade and 40 hours in the 10th grade. For grades 11-12th, students must earn 150 hours in community, action or service activities. Students keep track of their hours using the ManageBAC on-line system.

5. What is the Personal Project?

The Personal Project is completed in the 10th grade and is a product of the student's own initiative and creativity. The Purpose of the Project is to engage the student in independent inquiry and reflection and must reflect a personal understanding of the IB program's areas of inteaction and approaches to learning (See Curriculum Requirements for further details). The Project should involve planning, research and a high degree of personal reflection. The Project is not associated with a particular class, but rather is a year long activity that brings together the MYP Areas of Interaction in a realm of interest to the student as an individual. Successful completion of this Project is a requirement for continuation into the IB Program.

6. What is difference between standard (SL) and higher level (HL) courses?

IB courses are offered at two levels: Standard Level and Higher Level. Standard Level courses require one year of instruction time whereas Higher Level courses require two years of instruction time. Diploma students are required to take at least three and not more than four courses at Higher Level and the others at Standard Level. IB Biology, IB Chemistry, IB Physics and the Arts are listed as two-year courses for both Standard and Higher Levels. These classes are mixed- SL &

HL. Standard Level students benefit from the Higher Level curriculum yet have the option to choose the Standard Level exam after two years

7. What is difference between Internal and External Assessments

IB students are evaluated through external and internal assessments. External assessments are exams taken at the end of course. Internal assessments are class projects or papers graded by teachers and reviewed by IB.

8. When do I take an IB external exams?

Students will take a combination of Standard level and Higher level tests. Standard Level tests are taken at the end of the first year (of a 2 year course) or at the end of a 1 year course. Higher Level tests are taken at the end of a 2 year course.

For example:

English: Students test for HL credit after completing both IB English 11 and IB English 12

Foreign Languages: Students test for SL after completing IB French 5, IB Spanish 5, IB German 5, or IB Latin 5 unless they will be completing IB French 6, IB Spanish 6, or IB German 6 for which they will test for HL credit

History: Students test for HL credit after completing both IB History of the Americas (HOTA) and IB 20th Century

Sciences: After completing TWO-YEARS of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, and IB Physics students may test for either SL or HL credit. ???ENVIRONMENTAL???

Math: Students will either test for SL credit after completing both IB Studies I and IB Studies II or IB Methods I and IB Methods II or HL credit after completing IB Math Higher Level III

Standard Level IB Electives: Student test for SL credit at the completion of the year-long course.

ex. of SL Elective Courses include IB Economics, IB Physcology, IB Philospohy

Higher Level IB Electives: Students test for HL credit after completing the two-year long course.

ex. of HL Elective Courses include IB Business Management HL, IB Info Tech HL, IB Psych

9. What is difference between IB Math Methods and Studies

10. What are Areas of Interaction?

MPHS IB program is concentrated around the following three Areas of Interaction (AOL):

  • Approaches to Learning - is concerned with developing the intellectual discipline, attitudes, strategies and skills which will result in critical, coherent and independent thought and the capacity for problem solving and decision making.

  • Community and Service is focused on developing community awareness and concern, a sense of responsibility, and the skills and attitudes needed to make an effective contribution to society. Students are expected to become actively involved in service activities.

  • Human Ingenuity allows students to focus on the evolution, processes and products of human creativity and considers their impact on society and on the mind.

11. What is the IBPAC?

The IB Parent Advisory Council is a non-profit advisory organization that provides both financial and volunteer support during the year. Over the past ?? years, the IBPAC has helped to fund educational workshops for teachers, organized lecture series on various international topics, helped defray the cost of IB testing, purchased educational supplies or materials for the classroom and supported Student Council activities during the year.

For more information about IBPAC activities, or to get involved, please contact co-presidents Betsy Joyner or JuliJulie Eiselte Eiselt or Dr. Ron Thomas .

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