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Welcome to the International Baccalaureate program at Hawthorne High School!

About Us

The Diploma Program (DP) for students aged 16 to 19 started in 1968 with first examinations in 1970 and is now offered by 2,453 IB World School.  There are 798 IB Diploma Programs in the United States.  Hawthorne High School was accepted as an International Baccalaureate World School in April 2013.  We are the only IB World School in the South Bay that offers the Diploma Program. 

The DP is a two-year curriculum available to highly motivated grade 11 and 12 students who seek academic rigor in order to fully prepare themselves for university studies.  Students may choose to enroll as Diploma Candidates to earn the prestigious IB Diploma or enroll as Course Candidates to earn certificates in one or more IB coursses.
 




Mission Statement

The IB is more than its educational programs and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.

We value our hard earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. We achieve our goals by working with partners and by actively involving our stakeholders, particularly teachers.

We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.

All of this is captured in our mission statement.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

 



Diploma Requirements

IB Diploma requirements are governed by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

The IB diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is 24, 25, 26 or 27 points, provided all the following requirements have been met.

a. Numeric grades have been awarded in all six subjects registered for the IB diploma.
b. All CAS requirements have been met.
c. Grades A (highest) to E (lowest) have been awarded for both theory of knowledge and an
extended essay, with a grade of at least D in one of them.
d. There is no grade 1 in any subject.
e. There is no grade 2 at higher level.
f. There is no more than one grade 2 at standard level.
g. Overall, there are no more than three grades 3 or below.
h. At least 12 points have been gained on higher level subjects (candidates who register for
four higher level subjects must gain at least 16 points at higher level).
i. At least 9 points have been gained on standard level subjects (candidates who register for
two standard level subjects must gain at least 6 points at standard level).
j. The final award committee has not judged the candidate to be guilty of malpractice.

The IB diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is 28 points or above, provided all the following requirements have been met.

a. Numeric grades have been awarded in all six subjects registered for the IB diploma.
b. All CAS requirements have been met.
c. Grades A (highest) to E (lowest) have been awarded for both theory of knowledge and an
extended essay, with a grade of at least D in one of them.
d. There is no grade 1 in any subject.
e. There is no more than one grade 2 at higher level.
f. There are no more than two grades 2 at standard level.
g. Overall, there are no more than three grades 3 or below.
h. At least 11 points have been gained on higher level subjects (candidates who register for
four higher level subjects must gain at least 14 points at higher level).
i At least 8 points have been gained on standard level subjects (candidates who register for
two standard level subjects must gain at least 5 points at standard level).
j. The final award committee has not judged the candidate to be guilty of malpractice.


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