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.