When reviewing a college application, admissions officers like to see that a student has challenged him- or herself academically. A student can do this through the successful completion of honors or Advanced Placement (AP) classes, or they could undertake the demanding curriculum program offered by some high schools known as the International Baccalaureate, or IB.
High school rigor is an important element of a college admission officer’s review of a high school transcript. There are multiple curricula that add rigor and challenge to the course of study, like honors programs, accelerated classes, dual enrollment programs, or Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. One curriculum that is commonly found outside the US, which is growing in popularity within the US, is the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.