Sound Off: Do You Want an IB Program at Your Schools?

International curriculum encroaches on Advanced Placement territory.

The days where Advanced Placement (AP) classes were the only upper level course offered to excelling students may be fading, as a relatively new curriculum, International Baccalaureate (IB), is being embraced at Long Island schools.

At the start of the 2012 school year, nine Long Island school districts will offer the curriculum, including Long Beach, Rockville Centre and Locust Valley.

The IB curriculum, according to a Newsday story, has so far been a hit in districts that have decided to pay the thousands in fees needed to set up the program, which puts more of an emphasis on critical thinking and writing. Critics, on the other hand, usually blast the cost of the program or its international endorsement. 

From the Newsday article:

Experts and proponents say the IB high school curriculum gives students an edge because of its global perspective and rigor. Many students strive for the coveted IB diploma, which requires completion of at least seven advanced courses in their junior and senior years, including mathematics, science, English literature and history.

The courses emphasize essays and oral presentations, and a 4,000-word paper and community service are mandated.

Click here to read the entire article (subscription required).

Coming out of a tough budget year where several school districts had to make tough cuts to come in under the tax cap, we're curious if locals would support their own districts setting up IB programs for their children.

Let us know in the comments.

GCBob August 04, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Garden City School District tried to start up an IB program not too long ago which got no traction or public support. Please read www.truthaboutib.com before commenting. The costs are high for the district and this program will only provide courses for just a select number of students. Working under the State 2 percent cap with ever increasing salary, pension, healthcare costs along with the addition of funding for tax cert. refunds and debt costs are placing a great burden on the financially strapped tax paying public without adding something new and costly to the mix. mix.


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