Teachers from the high school have been going to training and worked to familiarize themselves with the curriculum, said Jensen. The school also held information sessions with students and parents.
"It's been incredibly well received. Parents are enthusiastic about it as are the students," said Jensen.
The IB program began in Europe in 1968 and the first programs weren't offered in the U.S. until the early '70s. Currently, there are 717 IB schools in the U.S. and 45 in New York State.
According to information from Schmitz, there are several aspects of the IB program that would set it apart from the AP classes already offered at the high school.
The IB program is recognized internationally and has the option of individual courses or a full program, whereas AP is recognized nationally and only offers individual courses.
AP scores are based on one exam at the end of the course, but IB scores are based on multiple assessments over time. The IB program is process-driven and AP classes are content-driven.
If approved as an IB school, there will be an IB coordinator with teaching responsibilities who also oversees the program administratively.
More information about the IB program can be found by going to www.bscsd.org and clicking on the "Ballston Spa High School" tab on the right.