How do students apply for IB?
Students interested in the IB Program apply during third quarter of their sophomore year. An admissions committee comprised of IB faculty will review student essays, transcripts, and teacher recommendations. Admissions decisions are in mid-March. Acceptance to the IB program is not binding, but all admitted students will have a conference with the IB Coordinator.
How many students choose IB?
On average, about 20–25 students per grade or about 15–20%. There is no cap on IB admissions and the IB cohort sizes do vary year-to-year.
Who is a "good candidate" for IB?
Students who do well in IB are motivated to learn, have a strong work ethic, work well with their peers, and are already performing well in many academic areas. Furthermore, students must have three academic areas where they can pursue Higher Level IB coursework. English Higher Level is a mandatory requirement of IB at Country Day; there are additional Higher Level IB courses available in all disciplines.
How are students supported in the IB program?
While IB is rigorous, IB students are supported throughout their time in the program. All IB faculty have participated in official IB training, the IB Coordinator and IB faculty consistently adopt helpful resources, and there are learning specialists available for all IB subjects through the Educational Resources Program.
Do colleges recognize and respect IB?
Yes, colleges and universities worldwide respect students who successfully complete the IB Diploma Program. IB alumni have both the knowledge and skills to succeed at the next the level. Country Day IB alumni routinely matriculate to elite colleges and universities. See the "Preparing for College" for more information.
Is there an additional cost for the IB program?
Country Day pays for the majority of costs associated with the program, however, students are asked to pay for their exams just as they are asked to pay for Advanced Placement exams. The full cost of IB exams is about $714. Families receiving financial aid may be eligible for aid on exam costs, too.
What if IB is not for me?
A Country Day student has a rich array of choices including IB, AP, Honors, and college prep courses. Students should choose the academic program that best matches them and challenges the student without overwhelming them.