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1.  Can an IB student participate in sports and other extracurricular activities?
Yes.  IB students are encouraged to participate in all facets of high school life. IB Students are leaders in student government, sports, fine arts and service clubs at DCHS.

2.  Can an IB student take band, chorus, and orchestra?
Yes.  We will develop a schedule that will accommodate participation in band, chorus, and theater.

3.  Will transportation be provided?
Yes.  There will be pick up/drop off at each high school in the county.

4.  What is the difference between Advanced Placement and IB?
The IB Program is a comprehensive, internationally recognized diploma program that includes all curricular areas, a service component, an extended essay and a course called Theory of Knowledge.  AP classes are individual classes.


5.  Can I take AP and IB?
Yes.  Curriculum in the following courses would allow an IB student to take the AP exams if they so choose.

  • Students enrolled in:
  • IB History of the Americas can take the AP History exam.
  • IB English can take the AP exam.
  • IB Chemistry can take the AP Chemistry exam.
  • IB Foreign Language can take the AP Foreign Language exam.
  • AP Psychology, AP Economics, AP Calculus, AP Human Geography, AP Computer Science, etc. are possible elective courses.


6.  What is the advantage of IB?

  • IB develops a well-rounded student.
  • Students are more than adequately prepared for the academic demands of college.
  • Speaking skills, writing skills, and research skills are enhanced.
  • International understanding is fostered.
  • College credit can be awarded.  In some cases, sophomore status is a possibility.
  • There is greater possibility for acceptance at highly competitive colleges.
  • There is greater possibility that students could receive scholarships.


7.  Will the IB Program be separate from Douglas County High School?
The IB Program will be a program within the school.  IB classes will only have IB students.  Classes which are not IB classes, like Band, will include all Douglas County High students.

8.  What kind of diploma will an IB student be eligible to receive?
IB students may receive a Douglas County High School diploma and an IB diploma.

9.  How much homework will there be?
There will be homework. Students must learn to plan ahead. The amount per night will depend on whether there are tests or projects due.

10.  What are the most important factors for student success?
Self-discipline, time management, motivation, and wise choices are the most important factors for success.

11. How many students will be accepted into the IB Program?
We are not limited to a certain number of students but to students who meet a certain standard on the matrix of criteria.

12.  What are the criteria for admission?
6th - 8th Grades in English, science, social studies,math and foreign language, standardized test scores, Teacher recommendations, interview, writing scores, and math ITBS are the criteria for admission.

13.  What is the difference in Preparatory IB and IB?
Preparatory IB courses are 9th and 10th grade courses which give students preparation needed for success in IB courses.  IB courses are 11th and 12th grade courses.  These courses prepare students for the International exams necessary to earn the IB Diploma.


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