Benefits of the IB Program
  • IB courses allow students to experience college-level classes at a slower pace and with support appropriate for high school students. 
  • Studies reveal that participation in advanced classes, including IB courses, improves ACT/SAT scores and achievement in college. 
  • Studies show that students who participate in the IB program have a higher rate of admission to elite universities and graduate at higher rates from college institutions.
  • The IB program is available in over 3000 high schools in the world and is widely recognized by universities and scholarship programs. 
  • IB courses use multiple assessments to measure student mastery rather than rely on one test at the end. (The AP program uses only one test at the end of the course.) 
  • IB courses promote critical and creative thinking—not just memorization. 
  • IB courses promote not only critical thinking but inquiry and communication skills, global awareness, and teamwork—all key components for success in college and in a competitive job market. 
  • The IB program is carefully structured to ensure depth of instruction, fair testing practices, and objectivity in assessment scoring. 
  • The IB program is dynamic and diligent in its attempts to keep pace with a rapidly changing world; to make programs more accessible to students with varied interests and needs; and to improve curriculum, assessments, and services. 
  • The IB diploma program promotes balance in its students. The diploma program rewards students for balance in their course selection and participation in extra-curricular activities and service projects. 
  • The IB diploma program allows students to pursue their passions by allowing for some flexibility in course selection and rewarding them for their in-depth study of topics of interest and for time devoted to interests outside of the classroom. 
  • The IB diploma program often leads to extensive free college credit since testing fees for diploma candidates are paid by the school district. 
  • Students who don’t pursue the diploma, but enroll in IB courses, are also eligible for college credit at a cost that is lower than taking the course in most colleges. 
  • In order to enroll in an IB course, a student does not have to be a straight-A student or exceptionally gifted; however, IB courses are typically filled with students who value education, which makes for a very rich learning environment. 
  • At LSHS, we honor IB students through invitations to special events, with recognition at graduation, and space on the Academic Wall of Fame for IB diploma recipients. 
  • The IB program cultivates the ideal learner: a knowledgeable, well-balanced, open-minded, caring, principled, and reflective thinker, inquirer, communicator, and risk-taker.