International Baccalaureate (IB)

Updated on August 16, 2014
A.M. asks from Tampa, FL
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is the International Baccalaureate program in schools harder for children with learning difficulties?

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answers from Albany on

I'd assume as much, it's more difficult for students who do learn easily. My youngest is full IB this year. It involves a lot of independent study, self motivation, astonishing amounts of reading/research and writing, all achieved with little or no supervision.


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answers from Chicago on

What type of learning difficulties?

Yes, IB is VERY challenging, even for very good students. It really depends on what the specific difficulties are. You'd be well served to speak with your school counselor.

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answers from Grand Forks on

IB is a harder program.

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answers from Dallas on

Yeah.... It is a very challenging program for some of the best students. Even some of the best students in the program have difficulty with it at times.

The counselors are very cautious about who they allow to enter the program around here due to the difficulty. It can be done but at the same time, a student needs to have a social life as well.

I suppose it would depend on the type of learning disability a student has and what a counselor would suggest as far as allowing someone with learning disability to enter the program.

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answers from Boston on

In short, yes. The intent of an IB program is to present high school students with college-level work. It's a very rigorous program. If a student with learning disabilities is able to excel in honors level courses with minimal support and accommodations then that student might be a candidate for an IB program but I would suspect that for most students with LDs, and IB program would be too much to take on. My oldest son has LDs and even a basic curriculum is tough for him. He would drown in honors, never mind AP or IB. That said, I have tutored one student with auditory processing disorder and ADHD who was able to keep up with a schedule of mostly AP classes when she was on the right medication and faithfully used her accommodations for the CAPD. It was hard, but she was able to do it.

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answers from Washington DC on

it's a hard program anyway. so depending on the learning difficulty, yeah, it probably would be harder for kids with learning issues.
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answers from Dallas on

Yes, but that's not to say it would be impossible for students with learning difficulties. I'm an IB certified teacher, although currently I teach AP courses. I am currently a supervisor for 3 IB students who are working on their 4000 word extended essay which is required for graduation.

The answers which others have posted are accurate. IB is a challenging program even for students who don't have learning difficulties, but depending on the type of learning difficulty and how determined your student is, your child may still be interested and capable of doing well in the program.

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answers from Salinas on

My girls went/go to a IB K-8th Charter school. It was an "international school" and then had to jump through a bunch of hoops to become an official IB school.

It's a challenging curriculum and a really great school. It's weird you're asking this because just yesterday I was explaining to my youngest that our school isn't the best for kids who have learning differences. As others have mentioned it's a tough program and being a charter we cannot offer the same help for kids with disabilities or learning issues that a regular public school can.

I do know that our school seems to hold kids back in order to help them get their studies on track. Being a small and supportive community it seems to not be as big a deal as it might in a regular school. I've seen a couple of kids thrive after repeating a grade.

Factors like the age of your child, his/her actual learning issues and temperament are really important factors. You can PM me if you have any questions. Good luck!

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