What Makes the IB Diploma Program Different? 

 

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Well-Rounded Students 

The DP helps create the “well-rounded” student through a rigorous program of study.  DP students must take a course from each of the six subject group areas which encourages students to strengthen their weaknesses while enhancing their strengths.  The AP program does not require students to enroll in any specific course; therefore, AP students usually take courses in their strongest academic areas. 

 

Development of Writing and Research Skills 

The structure of the DP courses help formulate better writing and research skills; adjusting to college-level writing and researching is easier because students have developed these skills in the DP.  Learning how to research and write the Extended Essay (EE) helps students manage college-level research papers.  Additionally, DP courses stress the evaluation of other perspectives which makes students better critical thinkers.  Students learn how to not only use their own knowledge and understanding, but they also have to incorporate other opinions and viewpoints into their analysis.  The end result is not a simple recitation of knowledge but a justification of their knowledge. 

 

Breadth and Depth 

The DP curriculum encourages a cross-study of disciplines and an in-depth study of college level curriculum.  The DP curriculum is recognized by all colleges and universities who value students earning their IB Diploma.  The acceptance rate of IB students into Ivy League institutions (Princeton, Yale, Brown, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, and Dartmouth) is between 3 and 13 percentage points higher compared to the total population acceptance rate. (ibo.org). 

 

Here are a few examples of the recognition DP students earn: 

Harvard University 

“IB is well known to us for excellent preparation. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript. GPA is not nearly as important a factor in university admission as the IB Diploma. If a student has to choose, choose the Diploma over protecting the GPA.” Marilyn McGrath Lewis Director of Admissions

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): 

“Send us prepared students a la IB. . . It is the ‘best’ high school prep curriculum an American school can offer.”  Marilee Jones, Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions

 

Vanderbilt University 

“I have always been a supporter of the International Baccalaureate. It is a thoughtful and genuinely intellectual curriculum with an unusually high degree of integrity and connectedness. There is no other curriculum anywhere that does a superior job of both educating students and inspiring a true and broad-based love of learning.”  William Shain, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

 

Embry-Riddle 

"At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and many private universities, IB student's applications go immediately from the big pile to the little pile"

Burt Mullins, Assistant Director of Admissions Prescott, Arizona Campus

 

Bright Futures Scholarship 

IB students who earn the IB diploma qualify for the highest level of Bright Futures Scholarship 

 

“School-within-a-school” 

Students in the DP are grouped together and become like a family.  The teachers, students, IB Coordinator, and parents work together to ensure success for each student.  The IB Coordinator specializes in the DP requirements and helps counsel and advise DP students as they journey through the program.  Furthermore, SRHS has an outstanding group of DP teachers who understand the program and the course work necessary for students to earn their diploma.

 

Global Awareness and Competence 

Unlike AP students, IB students are not evaluated by one assessment.  Each DP course includes between 3 to 5 components that are assessed by highly trained SRHS teachers AND by IB World moderators.  Not only are DP students assessed by SRHS teachers, they are also assessed on criteria that is identical for all IB students around the world which makes our students globally competent.

 

Engaging in learning that promotes global awareness and internationalism

  • Cultural differences
  • Global financial systems
  • Natural resources
  • Relationships with other governments
  • Appreciation of art and architecture

 

Foreign language is required

  • Students master 5 years of Spanish or French

 

 

IB Acceptance Rates at American Colleges and Universities 

  

College or University

Overall Acceptance Rate

In Per Cent

IB students earning the diploma applied

IB students earning the diploma accepted

IB students earning the diploma accept rate %

Increase of

FSU

70

392

371

94.6

24.6

FAMU

71

33

32

97

26

FIT

64

65

64

98.5

34

Stetson

80

23

23

100

20

UCF

62

270

259

95.9

34

UF

58

767

682

88.9

31

UNF

70

42

40

95.2

25

USF

62

225

216

96

34

Duke

25

274

108

39.4

14.4

Embry Riddle

78

14

14

100

22

Georgia Tech

59

118

95

80.5

21

MIT

16

151

36

23.8

7.8

Air Force Academy

17

25

11

44

27

Naval Academy

12

21

9

42.9

31

Notre Dame

34

65

27

41.5

7.5

Penn

21

192

64

33.3

12

Yale

13

232

35

15.1

2

Harvard

11

290

35

12.1

1

Georgetown

21

173

47

27.2

6

Princeton

11

195

33

16.9

5.9

Cornell

29

191

91

47.6

18.6