Welcome back to the IB Student Chronicle, and today we're going to discuss some of the most frequently questions that students tend to ask about IB! If you have any questions you'd like us to address, please leave us a comment in our posts and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Do you need to have a certain GPA or class rank to be considered for the IB Diploma Program?
This is a common misconception, but there is no required GPA or class rank for IB! You don't need to be in the top 10% or even the top 25% of your class to be in the program or to apply! All you need to do is either submit an application in your 8th-grade year or let your teacher or IB coordinator know you're interested in the program and you'll be considered! Your academic record should never be a barrier to your participation in the program.
Can you do IB Diploma and be in sports?
Yes, you can most definitely be in the IB Diploma Programme and do sports at the same time! For example, I'm in the IB Diploma Programme and also just finished my fourth year on the tennis team at my school. One of my very close friends is also in IB Diploma is captain of the basketball team, too! You can definitely do both, but just make sure you manage your time and find support from your teachers and classmates.
Are there significant benefits to doing IB Diploma?
The IB Program definitely has many benefits! You'll become close with your fellow IB Diploma students and have much experience with college-level writing and research (see our articles about the Internal Assessment and the Extended Essay for more information about this). These are skills that will pay off in dividends in the future, no matter what your post-secondary plan is! I would highly recommend IB for these reasons :)
Hopefully this article has answered some of the questions you have about the IB Diploma Programme! We plan to put out more answers to questions that we frequently hear about IB so that we can provide as much information as possible and clarify misconceptions.
By Canon Pham
Canon Pham is an IB Diploma Candidate and Senior at Glen A. Wilson High School who is passionate about using her voice to raise awareness of important issues and build community among like-minded people. After her first semester of Junior year, she started the IB Student Chronicle to help provide more information about the IB experience for prospective and first-year IB Diploma Candidates. She also writes for The Teen Magazine, tutors with Reading Partners, holds several leadership positions at school, and plays varsity tennis. Canon enjoys spending time with her two younger siblings, her adorable puppy dog, and her incredible group of friends.