Students begin thinking about their goals for graduation and beyond from the moment they are enrolled at Guerin Catholic. If students believe they might want to take IB classes, then they will begin preparing for those classes with Honors level classes during 9th and 10th grade. This decision is made in conjunction with the student’s parents, teachers and Guidance Counselor. Because IB classes are only offered junior and senior year, students do not actually commit to taking IB classes until the end of their sophomore year when they register for junior classes
Of course! We have many students who take from one to five IB classes without committing to the Full IB Diploma track. Students are welcome to take IB classes in their area of interest or to gain credit for the Academic Honors Diploma. The most important thing is that students choose classes that will challenge them and use their God-given ability.
IB courses and AP courses are similar in that both are rigorous programs of study designed to challenge students. Both programs require students to take end-of course assessments in May and students may earn college credits for appropriate scores. Whereas AP promotes individual classes that are independent from each other, the IB course of study is more holistic, using common threads to link subject areas and tying it together with the Theory of Knowledge class—a philosophy course taught from a Catholic worldview perspective. IB courses are focused on the process of learning, strengthening the skills of critical thinking, writing and speaking in each student. Students who complete the Full Diploma program are able to earn an IB Diploma, recognized and highly regarded by the state of Indiana as well as institutions around the world.
Yes, Guerin Catholic students have earned numerouscredits at colleges and universities in Indiana and across the country. Just as with AP college credit, students must earn a minimum score on their final test to qualify for college credit and each university has additional requirements. Check with the institution of your choice to view their specific requirements.
The aim of the International Baccalaureate program is to develop internationally minded students who seek to create a better and more peaceful world. IB calls students to be inquirers, communicators, risk takers, balanced and reflective—among other traits. It is aninspiring program of study and rigorous enough to challenge our most gifted students. As Guerin Catholic prepares students to take on future jobs that may not be developed yet using technology that most likely has not been invented yet, we want them comfortable with the process of learning– thinking critically in order to become problem solvers, writing clearly so as to get their ideas across to others and able to share their proposals verbally with colleagues around the world. It is these skills that will allow our students to become local, national and global community leaders.