- Sep 8, 2014
Are you in Baton Rouge? My husband grew up in that area and went to private school around the same time. We find that my DD's public school IB curriculum is much more demanding than anything either of us saw in the top college prep programs at the time either there or where I grew up. Were you really doing things like AP Physics, AP world history, Algebra 2/ trig ect as a freshman? Because that is what is expected in academically competitive programs.
DD's IB curriculum is comparable to what is being offered at places like U High and the more selective private schools currently.Today's kids are starting high school in AP courses for college credit. I took one AP course as a Sophomore and one as a junior. Many my senior year. DD, as a sophomore, has already had AP World, AP US, and AP Physics. She will start college level computer science second semester, and college level math in the fall. He last 2 years will be spent on college level material in all disciplines and a major research project that must produce results that would be suitable for publication. She will have had statistics, fluid dynamics, and organic chemistry by the time she leaves high school. Those courses didn't exist as AP in the 90's.
She will have had to take a comprehensive written and oral exam, read classic literature and written papers in a foreign language. Students are required to study an art form of their choice, (theater, music, visual arts, or dance). They study history, theory, composition ect, and generate a final project or presentation. DD's choice is dance and she will have to prepare and present a senior choreography project. None of this was even an option when we were in school in the 90's, but is now pretty much standard for these programs.
I do agree that it depends on the kids, but I definitely think the material these kids are being asked to digest has stepped up significantly.