Sorry about the OT, but things are pretty slow around here right now so it is probably good a time as any, and I really respect the general knowledge and intelligence of this crowd and would love to hear from people with knowledge on this issue.
I have a daughter who is about to enter high school. She is very lucky in that she lives in a school district that is nationally recognized, well funded, and filled with upper-middle class students who are motivated. The district also has open admissions policies for schools where there is room (which is most), and she has an option on which high school to attend.
And really, she cannot make a bad choice here. I have visited the high schools in the area and they are all fantastic. I wish I had it this good when I was a student.
Our dilemma comes down to this. She is in a program that feeds to the IB (International Baccalaureate) oriented high school. It is an accelerated program that awards IB degrees by 11th grade (most do it at 12th grade). It is demanding and time consuming. However, the kids in this program also do well and average 35 points (that is like A, A-).
She can also go to a STEM oriented high school where the emphasis is in AP (even enhanced AP programs that act like IB). This school would be more normally paced and she would probabaly get a higher GPA (the other program attracts the best students in the district) and have more time for extracurricular activities.
I know most of the pros and cons around IB (like how IB credits are not honored at many colleges), but I am really only interested in two things; the quality of life and chances of getting into very selective universities. Based on my research, the answers are all over the place.
Do you have any personal experience or close understanding of IB vs AP? I would love to assist my daughter on this decision, but really I have no idea which one is better.