AP gives students an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams while still in high school. There are 35 courses in 19 subject areas, offered by nearly 14,000 secondary schools around the world; in 2001, 1.4 million exams were taken by 845,000 students. Students enjoy the challenge of taking AP courses with enthusiastic classmates and teachers; high school faculty find that AP courses enhance their students' confidence and academic interest as well as their school's reputation; and college faculty report that AP students are far better prepared for serious academic work.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is a demanding college preparatory curriculum in the classical liberal arts. Created over thirty years ago as a common university entrance credential to serve a consortium of nations under the aegis of UNESCO, the program is available today in over 600 schools in over seventy nations. .............