International Baccalaureate (IB) Frequently Asked Questions
What are the goals for the IB Program?
The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students for life success. The IB Mission Statement states: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the IB works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
What other schools in our area offer the IB program?
In addition to Greenville, other IB schools in our area include: Albany, Ballston Spa, Queensbury, Red Hook and Schenectady.
What costs are associated with the IB program?
The District pays an annual fee along with a registration fee per student. There is also an exam fee for each IB subject test. This is similar to testing fees for AP exams. Some colleges offer a full year of credit for successful completion of the IB Diploma Programme, offering our students a favorable cost/benefit ratio in post-high school graduation. Credit for individual IB courses is also offered by many colleges.
Which students in the HS will be able to take IB courses?
Any student in eleventh or twelfth grade will be able to participate in an IB class. Through self-selection, a student may decide whether to partake in the full diploma or certificate courses.
What does co-seating mean?
In some instances, IB and AP curriculum are aligned closely enough to allow “co-seating”; this allows the possibility for a student to potentially earn both IB and AP credit for the same course.
How is the IB program different from AP?
IB and AP courses are both college preparatory courses. Each one has different exams that students must take to demonstrate proficiency in a subject matter. Families should check with the individual college concerning requirements for college credits.
What IB and AP scores must a student obtain to receive college credit?
Colleges have specific guidelines for awarding college credits. In general, students must receive a 6-7 on the IB exam or 4-5 on the AP exam to receive college credit for the subject matter. Check with individual colleges for their policy.
Why do we need the IB program given the nature of our rural community?
We want our students to benefit from the strong rural community and offer them a wide range of educational opportunities. We live in an increasing competitive world and the demand for global skills is growing. At Greenville we want to ensure that our students have a rich set of opportunities available to them and do not suffer from isolation or negative rural stereotypes. Technology alone does not solve the issue. The IB program fosters an understanding of different cultures and gives students enhanced critical thinking skills. As technology diminishes geographical distances, allows for remote work schedules and adds new business development we want our students to not only meet these needs but to have an edge over other individuals.
Is the IB program anti-American?
The IB program teaches critical thinking in students and compares different political programs around the world. Students are challenged to substantiate their opinions and to challenge beliefs. Many of the students participating in the IB program have remarked that the curriculum has strengthened their understanding of what the United States view of the United States and made them appreciate the values of our county. Greenville teachers, after attending IB training, develop a curriculum that continues to fulfill the requirements of NYS and also includes the rigor of the IB program.
What professional development is required?
A continuation of professional development is required by IB as a subject’s curriculum changes. Greenville’s IB teachers have noticed that the IB training has benefitted all of their courses, IB and non-IB alike, as one Greenville teacher states, “it made me a better teacher.”