International Baccalaureate (IB)
The 29 IB World Schools in Washington state offer programming that develops the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills young people need to live, learn and work in a connected, highly diverse world. These are challenging, rigorous courses of study, open to students aged 3 to 19 years.
Many colleges and universities recognize IB courses as they make admissions decisions. Students, who take IB exams have the chance to earn college credit or advanced placement, or both, within upper-level college courses.
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) does not require that students take the exams. However, most students enrolled in IB classes take the exams as a way to earn college credit or advanced placement, or both.
Most colleges and universities in the U.S. have an IB policy that grants incoming students credit or placement for qualifying IB exam grades. Some institutions grant up to a full year of college credit — sophomore standing — to students who earn an IB diploma. Contact each college or university to find out if they offer this advantage.