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.