IB courses are not intended to replace AP offerings at Granite Hills.
Each program offers rigorous classes designed to earn credit and recognition for students seeking highly selective colleges and universities. What differentiates IB from AP is the comprehensive nature of the Diploma Program. IB students will take advanced courses in every content area, with a global focus to the curriculum.
IB Diploma candidates are also required to complete an independent research paper of 4,000 words they will work on throughout their junior and senior years. There is a community service component to the IB Diploma, requiring a minimum 150-hour commitment over 18 consecutive months during the 11th and 12th grades. Diploma candidates are also required to complete Theory of Knowledge, a seminar style course designed to foster an understanding of the different ways of knowing
across the disciplines.
In short, a successful IB student must meet the challenge of the most rigorous curriculum in the world. The objective of IB at GHHS is to develop young adults who will be leaders in an increasingly competitive global society.
AP courses will continue to represent an attractive college-prep course of study for students who desire more flexibility in their class schedules.