International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at FASNY
The IBDP begins in grade 11. Many schools in the US offer both the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program and the IB courses as honors programs; however, they differ in their goals. Whereas the College Board’s primary goal is to offer challenging single-subject courses, the IB program seeks to provide a more holistic, balanced preparation for college-level work, encourages in-depth independent research, and, in keeping with FASNY’s mission, teaches students to have a growth mindset and embrace a diverse world. The aim of the IB program is to develop “internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.”
Students who qualify to take both French and English as a language "A" in literature have the option to earn a bilingual IB diploma. This is a unique opportunity for FASNY's bilingual students to pursue a diploma in English while continuing the study of French literature until graduation.