IB vs. AP: Sophomores forced to choose

John Seed, known as the Father, preaching to his followers. Photo Credit: Chloee Toro

By Alva Chavez ‘17

Pritzker has been recently named an IB school. IB stands for International Baccalaureate. The non-profit educational foundation ensures that “intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills needed to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world” will be developed through the IB program.

The IB classes are only available to freshman and sophomores. Sophomores had to choose between six IB classes or two AP classes. Initially, most sophomores chose to take the AP classes over the IB ones. However, many high ranking students changed their mind once they found out that taking AP rather than IB would lower their rank.

According to sophomore Marc Carbajal, “I wasn’t going to sign up for IB, but after a conversation with my advisor, he explained to me what the advantages were to taking IB, and after thinking about it, I knew it was the right move to get me into a top tier college.”

Both AP and IB classes are challenging and aim to prepare students for college.