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What is AP/IB?


Advanced Placement courses give Jeffco students another way to earn college credit. At the end of an AP course, students must pass a standardized national test to qualify for college credit. Qualifying grades on AP exams may earn anywhere from 3 to 6 credits for a single course to up to three years of college standing. AP results are widely accepted for credit at most U.S. universities (approximately 3,800) and at approximately 640 international schools in 46 countries.


Students may earn college credit for scoring a 3 or higher on the AP exams. The credit is guaranteed to transfer but it’s not guaranteed to apply to degree requirements. 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program was founded in 1967 to provide a rigorous, well-rounded education for students throughout the world. IB prepares students for adulthood by enhancing skills in creativity, critical thinking, technology, and international understanding.


Students may earn college credit for the IB exams and scoring a 4 or higher. Students who completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme shall, at a minimum, receive 24 semester credits, which shall apply to general education, elective or major requirements (at the public institution’s discretion), for IB exams administered as part of the Diploma Programme on which the student received a score of 4 or higher. The credit is guaranteed to transfer but it’s not guaranteed to apply to degree requirements. 


For more information about IB exams, see the International Baccalaureate website at


For more information on qualifying scores for graduation guidelines refer to Jeffco graduation requirements per Board Policy IKF:

The following schools offer IB programming:

Alameda International Jr/Sr High School

Columbine High School

Dakota Ridge High School

Lakewood High School Program

Patterson International Program

Standley Lake High School


Why AP/IB?

Taking advantage of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programming while in high school can help prepare students for the rigor of postsecondary education, as well as providing a head start in earning college credits.

“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”  -George S. Patton

For more information about how individual schools across Jeffco provide AP/IB Education opportunities, please visit the Jeffco School Finder.




Jenn Edgar
PSWR Coordinator

Jenn Edgar

Marna Messer
Director Choice Programming

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