1. What is the difference between IB and Honors/AP?

IB is a comprehensive worldwide curriculum culminating in exams. It is a rigorous, international program designed for the college bound student. Advanced Placement is a series of American examinations in specific subject areas. Both IB and AP programs offer advanced placement in college. All District high schools will continue to offer Honors/AP classes.

2. What does it cost to be in the IB program?

Students are required to pay for their IB exams, which total approximately $850, in their senior year. Some IB students take selected exams after completing the class at the end of their junior year. (AP exams cost approximately $85 each.)

3. Will non-IB students be in class with IB students?

Yes, especially during the 9th and 10th grade IB years. However, most students will be honor students and other IB students. During the 11th and 12th grade IB program years, the majority of students in each class will be IB diploma candidates.

4. Is bus transportation provided for Highlands Ranch or Parker students?

Currently there is no bus transportation. DCHS IB and IBPO are working on it.

5. Will our Cresthill Middle School 8th grader take IB classes at Highlands Ranch High School?

No, IB classes are currently only offered at Douglas County and ThunderRidge High School, which is the representative IB school for all Douglas County School District high schools at the present time.

6. Will our Sagewood Middle School 8th grader take 9th grade classes at DCHS and participate in sports at Ponderosa High School (which would be our "home" school)?

No, once a student has been invited to participate in the IB program at Douglas County High School, DCHS becomes his/her "home" school.

7. What does the IB program look like for 9th and 10th grade students?

The MYP (Middle Years Program = sixth through tenth grade) IB coursework is designed to refine students' study skills and build an academic foundation to prepare them for success in the IB Diploma program.

8. How does a student get into the IB program?

Students gain admission into the program by submitting a completed application to the IB office at DCHS or on-line. Applicants who are hard-working, have at least a B average, and are seeking an academic challenge will be considered for the program. Students attending any of the District's other six high schools may open-enroll at Douglas County High School to participate in the IB program.

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