Advanced Placement Courses & International Baccalaureate Programs

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Jumpstart Your University Career with AP or IB College Credits in Boarding School

Advanced Placement (AP) classes and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses offer different paths to the same exceptional goal: completing required university classes before graduating high school.

The benefits of taking these advanced courses are enormous.


  • stand out in the college admissions process.
  • maximize their academic skills and experiences, making them better prepared and honing their interests.
  • receive college credits, enabling them to start their freshman year before being admitted to college.
  • have more flexibility in their university classes, allowing students to add a minor, take interdisciplinary courses, or sometimes graduate early because of their high school courses.

Advanced Placement (AB)

Advanced Placement classes are offered by high schools as individual classes with a national standardized test at the end of the year. Offered in over 16,000 high schools, the program is very popular in the US. Depending on their score in each subject, students ‘test out’ of college level courses, and enjoy significantly higher success in their college careers.

Boarding schools—with their traditionally high levels of academic achievement—leverage AP classes to cater to students’ strengths and passions.

Allendale Columbia School in New York, offers an astounding 17 Advanced Placement courses, spanning all levels of academic subjects. In the past four years, 90% of the AP exams taken by Allendale Columbia students have qualified them for university credit.

St. Margaret’s School, a program for girls in Virginia, prides itself on individualized and flexible academics, utilizing placement tests to ensure that each student is challenged in her scholarly pursuits. This means that a student with exceptional abilities in one subject area may begin taking AP courses early in their high school career, while pursuing other subjects at a slower and more supported pace.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB Program is an international educational nonprofit program, immersing students in a rigorous course of study designed to create “world citizens” which is recognized by top universities around the world. IB programs are designed around six core subjects: literature, second language, social sciences, mathematics, sciences, and the arts. Studies show impressive success rates for IB graduates for college enrollment and success when compared to other high school graduates.

At Windermere Preparatory School in Florida, the IB Diploma Program begins in grade 11, and features second language instruction, high-level skills in writing, and an experiential learning program.

St. John’s Preparatory School in Minnesota embraces IB to further its mission to provide an internationally recognized and celebrated curriculum with the highest pedagogical standards.

With an abundance of programs to choose from, both AP and IB offer an exceptional opportunity for motivated students. Make the most of your child’s high school career; consider this jumpstart to their educational future.

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