What sets IB apart?

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.




Exams are graded externally through ETS and student marks assigned.

Scores include teacher assessments as well as external assessments constructed and graded by educators from throughout the world.

Exams based on specific content of courses. Emphasis is on multiple choices.

Exams based on broad, general understanding of concepts and fundamental themes. Exam questions emphasize essay writing.

Students do not have to be enrolled in an authorized school.

Students must be enrolled in an authorized IB school.

National educators determine policies.

International educators determine policies.

Individual exams are taken on a single day.

Multiple measures, including essays and exams, are administered throughout the school year.



College level courses

Comprehensive curriculum of college-level work.

Students generally take AP exams in areas of strength.

Six exams in six subject areas are required for the IB Diploma. Students must prepare in all areas: strengths as well as weaknesses.

Encourages academically talented students.

Encourages academically talented and highly motivated students.

Fifteen individual courses of instruction at GHHS.

GHHS offers Thirteen courses in six subject areas. TOK, CAS, and extended essay also required.

Individual exam scores more widely accepted for college credit in the US.

Recognized as the most challenging curriculum a school can offer. Diploma candidates and recipients receive higher rates of admission at selective universities.