For students who attend a high school that offers an International Baccalaureate program or Advanced Placement courses, intensive research projects are often integrated into the curriculum. At Horizon Academic, we often see students enrolled in many AP or IB courses choose to do research with us, but we also hear a common question: "What's the difference between Horizon Academic and The IB Extended Essay or the AP Research offering?" In this article, we examine how Horizon Academic is unique from the IB Extended Essay and the AP Research, and we explore ways in which Horizon Academic compliments students planning on doing AP Research or the Extended Essay.
IB and the Extended Essay
The International Baccalaureate program is a popular curriculum used in international schools around as well as domestic high schools in locations around the world seeking to offer a challenging curriculum.
The extended essay is required for all IB students. The IB extended essay is about 4,000 words (or about 16 pages double-spaced) and is usually due sometime between November and February of a student's senior year. The IB extended essay can be about anything (as long as the IBO approves it), and a student chooses a teacher in the school to serve as their advisor throughout the project.
Advanced Placement is a sort of "product" or set of curricula made by the College Board, the producer of the S.A.T. The College Board maintains an AP Capstone Degree Program--in order to qualify, students must complete several AP classes, AP Seminar, and AP Research. AP Research is a year-long course wherein a student writes a 4,000-5,000 word essay, building on what they learned in previous coursework.
AP Research, the IB Extended Essay, and Horizon Academic all seem quite similar on the surface: they all involve writing a lengthy essay about a topic that a student is interested in, and they likely are the most significant and ambitious academic project that a student has undertaken in their high school career up to that point. But beneath the surface, there are actually several significant differences.
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