Frequently Asked Questions
Can my student participate in the IB program but still have time for extracurriculars?
This is a commonly asked question, and the answer varies for each student. There are many students in the IB program that participate in the School Plays and Musicals where rehearsals take place for 4+ hours after school. Other students are athletes that have sports practice and meets/games/matches for hours after school. These students are able to manage their time wisely so that they have enough time for extracurriculars while maintaining a high grade in their IB classes. At the same time, other students choose to focus solely on their class work because they may feel that splitting their time between school and outside activities might hurt their grades. The takeaway here is that IB teaches students time management skills so that if the student chooses to, they are able to participate in extracurriculars and be a well-rounded student.
If the IB program is at a school that is not my student's FPS home school, can my student still participate in the IB program?
Yes. If the student is enrolled in the IB program, they will be going to what is called "In District School of Choice". As such, the parents will be responsible for transportation to and from school as busing will not be provided.
How does the application process work?
The application is to gauge interest in the IB program.
If my student decides to drop out of the IB program, can they do so?
If a student decides not to pursue the diploma, they may drop out of the IB program. However, the student would be required to complete all State and District graduation requirements that are waived for IB Diploma students.
How is IB different from AP?
AP is a one year class with the AP exam being at the end of the year. College credit may be awarded based on the score of one test. IB is a two-year program where students take six different classes with multiple assessments including written essays, internal and external assessments, and oral commentaries, resulting in a composite score. College credit is awarded based on the composite score for each subject. IB students are required to complete additional requirements such as CAS, Extended Essay, and Theory of Knowledge. The goal of IB is to shape a well-rounded student in terms of academics personally.