Advanced Placement & International Baccalaureate
Advanced Placement courses and International Baccalaureate programs offer students an opportunity to experience college-level study while still in high school. Both programs seek to help students develop college-level skills of inquiry and reasoning, statistically increasing students' success in postsecondary study. These programs foster student engagement, develop college/career ready students, and prepare students for success on nationally administered assessments.
Advanced Placement® (AP)
AP programs, offer college-level curriculum to high school students. Many Montana high schools offer the courses locally or through the Montana Digital Academy
To read more about AP visit The College Board.
AP® Test Fee Reduction for Low Income Students
Congress eliminated the federally-funded low-income student test fee reduction program; However, The College board is continuing with a fee reduction for qualifying students.
Montana's AP® Summer Institute (APSI)
This institute seeks to help Montana high schools and teachers implement and build quality AP programs. Teachers select an AP subject and study for four days with highly qualified, experienced, College Board endorsed teachers. The Montana Institute takes place the last week in June; registration opens in early January.
International Baccalaureate® (IB)
IB programs offer high school degree programs focused on developing the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Currently, three Montana public high schools offer the IB program: Flathead High School in Kalispell; Hellgate High School, and Big Sky High School, both in Missoula.