Why Choose IB?

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    Here are a few of the reasons students choose IB

    Quite simply, the IB Diploma Program is the finest college preparatory program available in Texas public schools. US News and World Report has referred to the IB Program as "a prep school education at the end of a yellow bus ride." The IB Diploma is an outstanding educational opportunity that teaches candidates the critical thinking, independent research, analytical writing, and time management skills necessary to be successful at the collegiate level. The balanced curriculum, linked with the Theory of Knowledge seminar, and with the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) requirements provides students with a truly world class education.

    The Opportunity for College and University Credit

    In an effort to compete for IB students, many colleges and universities have implemented aggressive credit policies for students who have completed IB Certificates or the IB Diploma. Each college and university sets its own specific credit policy in regards to IB, so students should check university websites for specific information. In the summer of 2005, Senate Bill 111 became law here in Texas. Among other things, the legislation mandated that all state colleges and universities in Texas award a minimum of 24 hours of college credit to any student who earns the IB Diploma with a score of 4 or better on all exams. HHS IBDP graduates reap the benefits of this legislation with some students receiving in excess of 36 hours of credit prior to starting their first year in college.

    Admission to Selective Colleges and Universities

    The IB Diploma has become recognized by selective colleges and universities around the United States for producing students who are successful in the kind of demanding academic environment that exists on the nation's top college campuses. Both Diploma Candidates and students pursuing IB Certificates in individual subjects have found success in applying to selective colleges and universities. While there is no "magic bullet" for gaining admission to selective schools, recent HHS IBDP graduates have met with great success in the college admissions process. We feel that IB course work and especially the IB Diploma give our students an admissions advantage over students who do not have these opportunities.

    HHS IB Graduates have gained admission to the following colleges and universities:

    Angelo State University                                  Amhurst College                                         Austin College

    Baylor University                                           Colorado School of Mines                             Cornell University                                        

    Dillard University                                           Edinburgh University                                   Grambling University                                   

    Hawaii Pacific University                                 Houston Baptist University                           Howard University                                       

    Iowa State University                                     London Metropolitan University                    Louisiana State University                          

    Mary Baldwin College                                     Millsaps College                                          Minneapolis College of Art and Design           

    North Greenville University                             Oral Roberts University                                Pennsylvania State University                     

    Philadelphia University                                   Purdue University                                        Rice University                                           

    Rochester University                                      Sam Houston State University                      Southern Methodist University                      

    Spelman College                                            Stephen F. Austin State University               St. John's College                                        

    St. John's University                                      Swarthmore College                                    Texas A&M University                                   

    Texas Lutheran University                              Texas Southern University                           Texas State University                                  

    Texas Tech University                                    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago     University of Houston                                   

    University of Mary Hardin Baylor                     University of Missouri                                  University of Nebraska                                 

    University of St. Thomas                                University of Texas at Austin                        Uiversity of Texas at San Antonio

    United States Air Force Academy                     Vanderbuilt University                                 Xavier University