To Be Or Not To IB

To Be Or Not To IB
Posted on 02/08/2022
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With course registration closing mid-February, many sophmores must decide whether or not to pursue Lakewood’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Ms. Kramer, the IB coordinator, gives her opinion on the IB program in this article.

The workload is arguably the most significant factor in determining a student’s enrollment in IB. “Homework varies depending on the classes that you take,” said Ms. Kramer, who describes the workload as reasonable. “You do not have to be the smartest person to be in IB. You have to want to be challenged.” 

When asked for tips to keep up in classes, Ms. Kramer stressed the importance of managing time well and staying focused. She also advised students to “make connections with your teachers and connect with your classmates,” especially if they need help in a subject. 

Lakewood’s IB program has changed significantly since it’s beginning, which was twenty-seven years ago. Ms. Kramer, who has been at Lakewood since the IB programs’ second year, says “Course selections have gotten much more varied, so students have opportunities to take courses that target their strengths.” 

The IB program has grown from a small group of students and limited classes to accommodating many students and including a wide range of topics. “When IB began here, it was really marketed to a small group of people. Now more people have access to it.”

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