IB is expensive. The IBO makes a lot of money from FCPS. No one in the community wants it and the School Board members are the only ones pushing it - Do you think the SB members are getting some financial kickbacks from pushing IB in FCPS? FCPS writes a nice fat check to IBO every year, for a program no one wants. Think about it
Forum Reader Wrote:
> AFMD Wrote:
> > To me it's not so much a question of which
> > is better but which one is better for my kids.
> > ... were not looking to finish as early as
> possible and
> > both of them are stronger in reading and
> > than they are in math or science, so for those
> > reasons I can't as easily dismiss IB as others
> > When I hear posters say the IB diploma program
> > only serves about 5-8% of students I wonder if
> > that's about the same percentage of students
> > take a similar workload of AP classes in an AP
> > school, sans the community service.
> Woodson was given IB the same time as South Lakes
> but Woodson (which at the time had about the same
> number of students as South Lakes and was also
> facing an overdue renovation) rebelled against IB
> and had all their AP courses restored.
> As for how it turned out, go to:
> Last year:
> 130 Woodson students were "AP Scholars" (grades of
> 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams).
> 60 Woodson students were named as "AP Scholars
> with Honor" (average grade of at least 3.25 on all
> AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four
> or more of these exams).
> 67 Woodson students were named as "AP Scholars
> with Distinction" (an average grade of at least
> 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or
> higher on five or more of these exams).
> 7 Woodson students were "National AP Scholars" (an
> average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken,
> and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of
> these exams).
> Note ALL of these students took MORE than "one or
> two" AP courses, and passed the exams. With 414
> Seniors at Woodson last June, it looks like well
> over fifty percent of the students benefit from AP
> and are eligible for advanced placement and credit
> at many American colleges and universities.