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Why take an AP/IB/Honors Course at VHS

Please view the following power point: WHY APIB

Click Here For IB Student Testimonials

How Do Colleges View the IB Diploma Program?

IB University Acceptance Rates

IB Recognition Policy Summary – California Universities

Understanding the advantages

Studies have shown that the rigor of a student’s high school curriculum is the single best predictor of success in college. In his seminal study, The Tool Box Revisted: Paths to Degree Completion from High School Through College(Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, 2006), Clifford Adelman demonstrated that the academic intensity of a high school curriculum is essential to student success in college.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) annual State of College Admissions survey consistently finds that student performance in college preparatory classes is the most important factor in the admission decision. With this in mind, encourage enrollment in honors and AP courses even if your students have the impression that only “top” students should take these courses or the fear that taking a challenging course might result in a lower GPA. Advanced-level courses are worth the extra effort.

Implications for admission

Students don’t understand how much weight college admission officers give to advanced-level courses on an applicant’s transcript. Explain to your students and their parents that admission officers are not impressed by straight As when they are all earned in easy courses. Many colleges recalculate applicants’ GPAs, giving extra points for honors or AP courses.

Students should take a balanced load, one that allows them to devote the necessary time to each course. Colleges look for quality, not quantity. According to Dan Saracino, former assistant provost for enrollment at the University of Notre Dame:“Nothing is more important than the quality of the course load.”

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