So with all this back and forth what would/might be a distinguishing factor that might set you apart or at least make admissions leave a mark. The AP/IB Director at my sons school says an IB diploma can do just this along with all the other Hype. It shows you have grit and are a risk taker. With all the 3rd party assessment and the individual essays for each class its a must for someone who wants to play the admissions game.

I'm not sure I agree but how could it hurt.