• IB FAQs
    These are some questions that we are commonly asked. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email us at mcooper@tempeunion.org.  

    How does IB work?

    Students study six major content areas built around a central philosophical core while also participating in extracurricular activities and completing individual research.
     
    The six content areas are: Language and Literature; Language Acquisition; Individuals and Societies; Mathematics; The Arts; Experimental Sciences.
     
    The Core includes: the Extended Essay (EE); Theory of Knowledge (ToK); Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).
    Learn more by visiting our IB at THS page

    What are some of the benefits of the IB Program?

    • Excellent college preparation. Here are 10 reasons why
    • Emphasis on inquiry and reflection
    • Curriculum with a global perspective
    • Builds strong writing skills
    • Possibility of college credit for courses
    • Coursework is recognized as rigorous by universities

    Which is better, IB or AP?

    This is a question that we are commonly asked. The answer is neither; IB and AP are different.
     
    Both IB and AP offer…   But how is IB different?
    • A high level of rigor   • Multilingualism is required.
    • Challenging college-level coursework
    • International mindedness is part of the curriculum.
    • Classes that count as honors courses
    • Inquiry and reflection are part of every class.
    • The potential for college credit for coursework
    • Writing is emphasized in all courses.
    • Coursework that colleges recognize as challenging
    • Courses are assessed internally and externally.
     
    • IB is a comprehensive program that develops the whole student.

    Is there a minimum score on a test in order to participate in the IB Diploma Program? 

    No. The IB philosophy is that the best education is for everyone, and we welcome any motivated and capable student. That said, IB coursework is rigorous and challenging, and to be successful IB students need to be hard-working, open-minded, and curious.

    Does the IB offer special information for parents?

    Yes, they have an Information for Parents page. Check it out here

    How do colleges treat IB credits? 

    Each university has its own policies towards transfer credits from other colleges and credits earned from high school programs such as IB and AP. Look up different IB policies using this document. (Note: This is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, may need to download to desktop in order to view document properly in Microsoft Excel software.)

    How do I enroll? 

    You can find more information about the program and application process here