Sophomores learn about IB classes

Photo Credit: Gisselle Vargas Sophomores in the cafeteria learning about the IB curriculum.

By Gisselle Vargas ’20

The soon to be juniors had an important and informative big group on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Paige Moran, the Dean of Students, and Hadley Austin, 11 and 12 grade European History teacher, gave a presentation about the IB program.

The cafeteria was filled with sophomore students, but unfortunately, not every sophomore will be admitted into the  highly competitive program.

But what are IB classes, International Baccalaureate? IB classes are rigorous college level classes taken during junior and senior year of high school. For juniors, there is IB History of the Americas, English, Math, Biology, Russian, Theory of Knowledge, and Information Technology in a Global Society.

These classes offer an opportunity to earn college credit, to raise class rank, and to receive an IB diploma. Beyond that, students who take IB have a higher college acceptance than those who do not, and get to save more money when heading off to college because of the credit received from IB and AP testing.

But as mentioned before, these classes can be intense. Emmanuel Velasco, a sophomore, stated that to be in IB “you  need to have a drive for success beyond the limits.” Velasco is currently taking AP World History and says it requires hard work and dedication, so he assumes IB classes will be even more “work.” This program is best fit for the top students since they usually tend to show hard working skills needed for IB.

Not only to Velasco’s point but also to Melany Salgado, another sophomore, does this program mean an opportunity to better one’s self and to “see the world differently and question it.” Both Velasco and Salgado also agreed that this would look good on their transcripts when colleges see they have taken IB classes during high school. Velasco also pointed out that IB would “increasingly help [his] grades go up.”

Although taking the IB program is a smart choice, it can also put more “pressure on students,” explained Salgado. She further expressed her feelings: “I am worried that I will not be one of those 35 students because IB requires more from students- I don’t think I’m ready for that.” Velasco similarly agreed and stated he would not be “prepared for the workload IB classes would give [him].”

These two students seem to be concerned about the amount of work they would be given if they were to be in IB, but ultimately, they are interested in the program because of its academic advantages. “Everyone wants to be in IB, but are you up for the challenge is a question to ask yourself before making your final decision,” added Velasco.

Is taking IB classes the move for next year?