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Advanced Programs

Advanced Placement (AP)

Registration is Closed for 2018 AP Testing
Current BSD AP students need to check with their school for registration dates and information.  

The Beaverton School District offers testing to registered BSD students.  BSD students enrolled at an AP school and are in a course where the test is offered by the school are given priority for registration. An internal process for filling any remaining spots will be foll​owed each year.  The number of open slots varies annually based on enrollment, capacity for proctoring, and guidelines from AP on testing conditions*.  Students not enrolled in BSD are not eligible to test at a BSD school.  However, in the event that a test is given in partnership with another school, students within the partnership may be eligible to test.

Students must register in person at the school where they wish to test.  ​Payment is due at time of registration.

Since its inception in 1955, the Advanced Placement Program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the Program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases they also earn college credit while they are still in high school. AP courses are taught by dedicated high school teachers who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board. There are currently more than 110,000 teachers leading AP courses in high schools worldwide. AP teachers are some of the world's finest. The Program is strengthened by their participation in professional development workshops and Summer Institutes.

The Exams
The AP Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. AP Exams are administered at nearly 15,000 schools around the world. In May 2004, 1,887,770 AP Exams were taken. Each AP Exam is given an overall grade of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, with 5 indicating a student who is extremely well qualified to receive college credit and/or advanced placement based on an AP Exam grade. Five of our comprehensive high schools in the Beaverton School District (Aloha, Beaverton, Southridge, Sunset, and Westview) offer students the opportunity to take at least one an AP course in preparation for the May exams. Information about a particular AP program can be obtained in the school's Counseling Office.​

Students qualifying for free or reduced lunch also qualify for money to pay AP exam fees.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

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PYP Schools in Beaverton:

Authorized (having been fully vetted by  International Baccalaureate)

  • Bonny Slope
  • Elmonica
  • Findley
  • Hiteon
  • McKinley 
  • ​Raleigh Park
  • Ridgewood

Candidate Schools (awaiting final verification from International Baccalaureate)

  • Hazeldale
  • Rock Creek 
  • West Tualatin View

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

A challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, the MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation. 

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MYP Schools in Beaverton

Authorized (having been fully vetted by International Baccalaureate)

  • Cedar Park (Grades 6-8)
  • ISB (Grades 6-10)
  • Meadow Park (Grades 6-8)

Candidate Schools (awaiting final verification from International Baccalaureate)

  • Mountainside High School (Grades 9-10)

Diploma Programme

“Research suggests many benefits to choosing the DP. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.” 

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Authorized (having been fully vetted by International Baccalaureate)

  • ISB (Grades 11-12)
  • Southridge HS (Grades 11-12)
  • Sunset HS (Grades 11-12)

Candidate Schools (awaiting final verification from International Baccalaureate)

  • Mountainside HS (Grades 11-12)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) began in the late 1960's when nineteen schools involved in the international school system piloted a program designed to bring consistency to course offerings and develop an assessment system leading to a diploma respected by universities around the world. Schools in North America, the fastest area of growth for the IB, have turned to the IB as one means of introducing rigor to their course offerings and prepare students for the transition to higher education.

The IB is an option for motivated students interested in a rigorous and comprehensive course of studies. In grade eleven, students begin a two-year program designed to prepare them for IB assessments and exams in six subject areas. The areas include English, a second language, social science, science, mathematics, and the arts or another IB elective. In addition to testing in six areas, IB diploma candidates must also complete an interdisciplinary course entitled Theory of Knowledge, produce a 4,000 word research paper and fulfill the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requirement made up of enrichment and community service activities outside the normal school day.

IB course offerings are labeled either Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL). Students enrolled in HL courses take their exams after two years of study. Most SL offerings test after one year of instruction. Diploma candidates must have satisfied IB requirements in three HL and three SL courses by the end of their senior year but are limited to a maximum of two exams as juniors. All exams are scored from 1 to 7 with a total score of 24 necessary to earn an IB diploma.

Beaverton, Southridge, and Sunset are three of the eleven Oregon schools authorized to offer the IB diploma program. During the month of May, 2004, 235 District students sat for 656 IB exams in 25 different subject areas. This is a marked increase over the District's first testing year, 2001, when 101 students took exams in 18 subjects.

International Baccalaureate Certificates

Students not interested in earning an IB diploma may earn IB certificates in one or more of the HL and/or SL courses offered at their school. Colleges and universities typically give credit for HL exam scores of 5 or above. Some institutions also give credit for SL exams. Parents and students should contact specific universities to investigate credit recognition policies.

Participation in IB Courses

 The IB programs in the Beaverton School District are very inclusive and open to all motivated students interested in a rigorous and comprehensive course of studies.

International Baccalaureate (IB) FAQ

Q: My daughter received an application from her teacher last night and I have a question. This is a class or series of classes, not a curriculum, is that correct?

A: You're right, the curriculum is the one mandated by the state for all of our middle schools. The program (a team of students and teachers working through a series of classes--just like a normal middle school team) will have a focus on environmental science. The other difference will be the series of field experiences, related to environmental sciences, that the students and teachers will participate in on a weekly basis.


Q: Where can I find out what advanced programs each school already has to offer?

A: Each high school has an Advanced Program brochure available in the counseling center.


Q: What is unique about the IB program?

A: The Theory of Knowledge course, the 4,000 word extended essay, the CAS, and the two year commitment to six areas of study, plus the tests scored using international standards makes the program unique.


Q: How do IB classes compare with AP classes?

A: IB and AP courses feature college level curriculum. IB uses international standards of excellence, AP uses national standards of excellence. IB is a diploma program, AP allows students to take one or more courses which are not connected. IB Higher Level exams are recognized for college credit, AP exams are also recognized for college credit. IB has an oral component in most classes, AP has an oral component in foreign language only. IB students prepare for exams in all areas; AP students generally choose AP exams in their area of strength.


Q: What is a "typical" IB student profile?

A: IB honors diversity, but what the students have in common is their love to learn and their high motivation.


Q: How much homework is involved in this program?

A: The average is three hours a night, but it varies.


Q: If my son/daughter did not take a foreign language in middle school, will that be a problem?

A: No, a student will be prepared to take the foreign language exam if he/she starts in ninth grade.


Q: What do students need to do to get into the IB program?

A: Find out as much as possible about the requirements of the program. Formal applications will be available at the end of the sophomore year.


Q: If my son/daughter is attending a high school not making application to be an IB school, can he/she still be adequately prepared for the program at the end of the sophomore year?

A: Yes. Be sure to discuss this interest with the school counselor during forecasting so you will be guided to the appropriate pathway