The difference between an International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) program


An Interview with Jeri Williar, Director of College Placement and Counseling at Admiral Farragut Academy. Williar earned her bachelor’s in Sociology from Eastern Illinois University and her master’s in Counselor Education from the University of North Florida. She has over thirty years of experience in college admissions, college registration, high school college placement, and guidance counseling.


Often times I am asked, “what type of program should I find for my child? Should they be in an IB program? Should they be in an AP program? Should they be in a Dual Enrollment program? What should I do?” And I respond that it’s an individual decision and you have to look at your child.

For example, parents have heard of and frequently inquire about the IB program. It is a prestigious program but I tell parents there is a place for it and there are students that belong in that program. See, with IB you have to be good at every academic area to do well and you can’t pick and choose your subject areas. A lot of students will apply to IB programs at high schools, but the first two years are pre-IB, not IB. I always tell parents to ask the high school about how many students are accepted as freshmen and how many students stay in the program as juniors. There’s usually a large difference in the numbers because in the first two years the students start to realize, “okay, I’m strong in math and science, but I’m not strong in English so I am struggling in the program” or vice versa. You have to be strong in all areas to be competitive in regard to earning the IB Diploma.

But what Farragut is doing is offering the AP Capstone Diploma, which is, in essence, similar – yet different. You get to pick and choose what AP courses you want to take so if the student’s strength isn’t in math, then the student can take AP Psychology or AP History. It gives students the ability to pick the courses that they are strong in.

Anytime parents are looking at these types of courses, they have to look at their student and they have to make sure that the student is ready for the courses they are enrolled in. The worst thing that can happen is that you’ve put your student in courses that they’re not ready for and they don’t do well, and it ultimately hurts the student’s self-esteem, their transcript, and their course progression. I guide all of our students to think about themselves and what they like. When students enjoy the coursework they will often succeed.

Aviation Program to add and implement AOPA’s New Aviation STEM Curriculum

Admiral Farragut Academy has been offering Aviation courses since 1987. What began as an elective, became a full Aviation Program in 2007 with Private Pilot license training for students in 9th-12th grade at an additional cost. This year, Farragut continues to advance its Aviation Program by joining 69 other schools and adding the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations (AOPA) high school aviation science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum in the 2018-2019 school year. Read more

AFA New Building Project Update: From Vision to Reality

Whether you’ve had an opportunity to view the physical changes on campus with your own eyes or not, we are excited to share with everyone in the Farragut Family the immense transformation underway. We also would like to take you on an aerial tour of the vision that is now becoming reality. The Admiral Farragut Academy Performing Arts Multipurpose Building construction project is moving along according to plan and is on pace to transform the footprint of our campus and the lives of our students, benefiting AFA for generations to come. Read more

New Scholarship in Partnership with SOFWOLF

Special Operations Forces Warrior Outdoor Leadership for the Future, a nonprofit organization based in Tampa, Florida, offering college and career outdoor leadership opportunities for teenagers of fallen members of the Special Operations Forces community, announced today its partnership with Admiral Farragut Academy to offer a full-year scholarship valued at $48,800 to a SOFWOLF student with outstanding academic, personal and leadership qualifications. Read more

Upper School end-of-year events, awards, and graduation

View pictures of all of the exciting 2017-18 end-of-year events including academic awards, final parade, graduation and more! Read more

Regimental Commander and Staff announced for 1st Semester 2018-19; interview with former and incoming RC

Pictured left to right Alex Oi (BC), Steven Smiley (BC), Evan Schlifstein (Regimental Commander), Valentina Galliano (COS), and Gianni De Felice (BC).

It is with great pleasure that we introduce the Regimental Leadership Staff for the 1st semester of the 2018-19 school year:

  • Regimental Commander – Evan Schlifstein
  • Battalion Commander – Alex Oi
  • Battalion Commander – Steven Smile
  • Battalion Commander – Gianni De Felice
  • Chief of Staff – Valentina Galliano

They have proven themselves through their commitment to naval science, leadership, academics, and their desire to improve the Farragut corps of cadets. We look forward to seeing what they’ll accomplish!

View pictures of the Final Parade and Change of Command Ceremony

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James Sands ‘18 earns solo flight endorsement

On Tuesday, May 8th, Farragut senior James Sands earned his solo pilot endorsement in a Cessna 172, tail number N5258Z, on runway 7 at Albert Whitted Airport.

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Six filtered-water fountains and bottle refill stations added around campus

With the support of the Farragut Parents’ Group and Farragut families Chris and Jennifer Love (Gator Mechanical) and Lanie and Mark Salebra (Salebra Family Restaurants), six Elkay® ezH2O® filtered-water fountains and bottle refill stations have been installed throughout campus. Read more

Farragut senior Robert Laovoravit helps retirement community for Eagle Scout project

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Admiral Farragut Academy is proud to have students that embody a charitable spirit. Robert Laovoravit, a senior international boarding student from Pak Kret, Thailand, is a prime example of this spirit, as he showed with his Eagle Scout project in February.
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Boarders assemble care packages for Molly’s Adopt a Sailor Program


On Monday, May 7th, Admiral Farragut Academy hosted a care package party with boarding student volunteers and over 50 volunteers from around the community for Molly’s Adopt a Sailor Program. Read more