International Baccalaureate (IB) & Advanced Placement (AP)
Westminster High School offers both the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs. These programs are designed to enhance the college preparation of students. Students who successfully pass the final exams for these courses are eligible to receive college credit at their chosen university when they register.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
IB is designed to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. The Diploma Programme curriculum is made of six subject groups — language and literature, sciences, math, arts and individuals and societies — as well as theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity service (CAS) and the extended essay. Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope and students are expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skill at higher level.
- This program is available for juniors and seniors only.
- Students can pursue the Diploma Programme, and will enroll in six advanced courses and identfied core requirements.
- Students can enroll in up to three individual courses per year as certificate courses.
IB and the Diploma Programme enjoy a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions. For students, success in the IB often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships and other admissions related benefits at many universities. Diploma students can earn up to 36 possible credits.
Advanced Placement (AP)
In AP classes, just like in college, students face new challenges and learn new skills in the subjects they care about. Learning means sharing your ideas and expressing yourself. Deciding to take an AP course lets colleges and universities know that you have what it takes to succeed in an undergraduate environment. By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related exam, students save on college tuition and advance by eliminating all or some of the introductory courses required at college.
WHS offers AP courses in:
- U.S. history
- Art history
Students earn high school credit for successful completion of the courses, and excellent exposure to college level work is offered to all AP students regardless if they successfully pass the AP exams.