IB Courses

  • What is the difference between Higher Level (HL) courses and Standard Level (SL) courses?
    • Standard level courses are typically one year courses (however, some can go for two years); higher level courses are two year courses. The subject matter in HL courses will go into greater depth and have increased course requirements. During junior and senior years, students study six subjects—three at a higher level and three at a standard level (or four at higher level and two at a standard level).
  • How do we decide which SL and HL courses to take?
    • Begin by reading the information provided on the website regarding courses* and curriculum; consider your strengths and weaknesses; confer with your teachers, IB upperclassmen, and parents; and consider your college & career options.
  • Do I have the same teacher both years of a higher level course?
    • Sometimes yes and sometimes no; it depends on the subject.
  • What about weighted courses? Won’t my GPA suffer in the IB Program?
    • All IB courses are weighted courses; however, all colleges recalculate GPA’s. By and large, colleges reward students for the rigor of their high school program and the IB Program is one of the most rigorous programs offered worldwide.
  • What is the average amount of time I should expect to spend on homework each night in pre-IB and IB? How should I study?
    • Students spend anywhere from one to four hours per night; as with any level of academics, your study style is your own and it is advisable to exercise good time-management skills.

*Students are required to take English HL and History HL to meet the State of Virginia graduation requirements.

IB Coordinator Contact Info

Wendy Edelman (AHS)

Jessica Orth (HHS)

Lesa Berlinghoff (LDHS)

Micah Eads (PHHS)

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