1. Do students have to be full IB students in order to participate in IB classes?

    Starting during the 2015-2016, NO!  

  2. What does an IB student's schedule look like?

    IB classes are only 43 minutes long (skinnies), and the whole school uses the 90 minute block.  First period houses TOK, and students can take orchestra, chorus or a study hall during the other half of the skinny.  Second period houses all world languages, psychology, art, music, or SEHS.  Third Period houses English and history, and fourth period houses math and biology.  

  3. When do students participate in the IB program at Hickory High?

    Our program is a two-year program and all courses earn a total of 2 credits.  We start the program during the junior year, and assessments are in May.

  4. Do colleges accept IB classes and assessments for course credit?

    Yes, most colleges do award course credit for set scores on examinations, and each college differs. A student should contact the college or university he or she would like to attend and request information.  Additionally, access the documents at the bottom of the Why IB? page of this site.  For additional states, access the IBO site.

  5. Do I have to pay an IB fee at Hickory High?

    This is to be determined for the 2015-2016 school year.                                       In the past: There is no IB fee; however, IBO does require schools to pay a registration fee for each student and an assessment fee for each exam that a student takes.  The registration fee for the 2012 exam session is $145, and each exam fee is $100.  Therefore, full diploma students for the class of 2012 must pay a total of $745 (6 exams).  Students who receive individual certificates will pay less (depending on the total number of assessments).  Any student who has a concern about making the appropriate payments should contact Rachael Moyer, the IB Coordinator.

  6. What is the difference in AP and IB?

    While both programs are very strong, they both serve different purposes.  Advanced Placement (AP) tends to focus on a breadth of material while IB tends to focus on depth of understanding.  Students may be introduced to more concepts in AP but have a more in-depth knowledge of fewer concepts in IB.  Additionally, AP courses are provided a-la-cart, and IB courses are designed to be an interdisciplinary course of study that promotes an interconnectedness of ideas.  Both AP and IB provide opportunities for students to earn college credit, and both challenge students intellectually.  We are fortunate to have both programs at Hickory High.

  7. How much homework will an IB student have?
Any student who registers for the full diploma can expect to have at least 2 hours of homework each night.  IB teachers collaborate to create assessment calendars, and each course has one day each week designated for major student assignments such as tests, essays, and projects.