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 Farmington High School is not my student's 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?

    Students who are interested in completing the IB Diploma Programme at FHS should complete the application (found on the FHS IB Website). Eighth-grade students should complete the application prior to the deadline in late January so that they can be properly registered into classes for their ninth-grade year. Applications after the deadline will be accepted as well but the student's scheduling with not be as streamlined. 

    If my student decides to leave the IB Diploma Programme, can they do so?

    If a student decides not to pursue the diploma, they may drop out of the IB program. However, the student is then 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 or one-semester class with an AP exam 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 the IB Diploma Programme is to help a student become well-rounded academically and personally.