About IB | Standley Lake IB Programme

Core Groups
  • Group 1 ~ Students at Standley Lake will take English HL.

  • Group 2 ~ Students will take one of three different secondary languages at Standley Lake: Spanish, French, or German.

  • Group 3 ~ Students will take History HL, which is the equivalent of American History and World History over the course of their Junior and Senior year.

  • Group 4 ~ Students will take lab based classes like Biology HL and/or Chemistry HL, which require a set amount of required lab hours.

  • Group 5 ~ Students will take either Math Studies or Math SL, which are the equivalent of Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Calculus.

  • Group 6 ~ Students have the option of taking an IB Visual Art, IB Performance Music class, or a second class in groups 3, 4, or 5.

Theory of Knowledge ~ The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) requirement is central to the educational philosophy of the Diploma Programme. It offers students the opportunity to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge. In addition, student will be aware of themselves as thinkers, encouraging them to become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge, and recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected but uncertain world. (IBO.org, 2010)

Extended Essay ~ An independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper. As a required component, it provides: practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at tertiary level, and an opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject. (IBO.org, 2010)

Creative Action Service ~ The CAS requirement is a fundamental part of the programme and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies. (IBO.org, 2010)

IB vs. AP
  • Both AP and IB offer a more in depth curriculum that requires more commitment than a standard level high school class.

  • AP and IB require commitment from the student to complete the class and take a test that determines how well the student understands the material.

  • AP and IB also prepare students for college and allow the student to test out of some freshman classes (depending on the college the student is attending).

Meets international standards created by the IB organization.

Option of taking AP tests along with the IB tests.

More rigid schedule that consists of mostly IB classes.

In order to get the IB diploma students must complete CAS objectives, an Extended Essay, as well as Theory of Knowledge, and all other core groups.

Students complete both internal and external assessments.

IB is only offered at select IB schools worldwide.

Classes focus on the international perspective including the depth and breadth of the material.
Meets National standards created by the College Board.

Students are only allowed to take AP tests.

Less rigid schedule allowing students to pick and choose classes.

Students need only complete AP classes and take the test at the end of the school year.

Students complete only external assessments.

AP is offered at many schools throughout the United States.

Classes focus in-depth on topics but don't have two years to teach the material and lack the breadth of the material.