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International Baccalaureate Programme

IB Diploma and IB Certificate (Hilton Head)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a prestigious international program that offers rigorous coursework across six (6) major disciplines. Students may elect to pursue the highly regarded IB Diploma or simply pursue IB Certificates in selected courses.

The strength of the IB Programme is its holistic approach to educating students, which it achieves through both challenging coursework and additional opportunities such as the Theory of Knowledge course (a critical thinking course that seeks to integrate the other six courses), the Extended Essay (a research topic of the student’s choice) and CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) learning components.

Universities throughout the world regard IB as one of the best high school preparatory programs for college coursework and may award college credit based on performance on international IB exams. IB courses are weighted 1.0 quality point above College Preparatory courses per unit of credit. There is no student cost/charge for the IB exam. The IB Diploma Programme is composed of six main subject areas:

  • English A1 (Group 1)

  • Language B (Group 2)

  • Individuals and Societies (Group 3)

  • Experimental Sciences and Computer Science (Group 4)

  • Mathematics (Group 5)

  • The Arts (Group 6)

Within each main subject area, courses are designated as Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL). The International Baccalaureate Organization allows a maximum of four courses to be taken at the HL. Students select courses in their junior and senior year that incorporate each of the six main subject areas. In addition to the six courses, students are required to write a college-level essay on an approved topic of their choice, to complete a minimum of 150 hours of community service and to enroll in the Theory of Knowledge course.

Contact the IB Coordinator at Hilton Head Island High School at 843-689-4800.

IBCP (Hilton Head)

In the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, a core consisting of four components and a career-related study.

For IBCP students, DP courses provide the theory and academic rigor of the program; the career-related study further supports the program’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning; and helps to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning Honors Program Requirements.

Courses at or above the Honors level offered at the high school are open to students in grade 9 and 10 whose interest, attitude, ability and desire to excel are coupled with teacher and/or school counselor recommendation or parent request. Honors credit will only be given to students enrolled in a designated Honors level class. Honors level classes carry a .5 quality point higher than College Preparatory level classes. Students who successfully complete Honors level courses in 9th and 10th grade English, World Language, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science are strongly encouraged to register for IB or AP classes and develop a four- year plan in collaboration with their school counselor and/or the IB Coordinator.