Why Choose IB?
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