New Hanover County Schools




International Baccalaureate Program

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At Hoggard, students accepted into the IB Diploma Programme participate in a globally- accredited curriculum, designed to focus on the whole person as a learner rather than a person who takes specific subjects to be learned.  While students are enrolled in the programme, they will have to take courses in 6 different areas including: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts.

While rigorous academics happen inside of school, students also reflect on their creativity, activity and service outside of school, therefore growing as a whole person rather than being measured solely by their academic success.  Ultimately, the curriculum’s purpose is to make the world a better place by inspiring students to think about knowledge and new ideas through various perspectives.  Ultimately, IB learners will graduate to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.  IB students love to learn, and ultimately grow as learners and people of the world.

“The Diploma Programme (DP) provides a challenging, internationally focused, broad and balanced educational experience for students aged 16 to 19. Students are required to study six subjects and a curriculum core concurrently over two years. The programme is designed to equip students with the basic academic skills needed for university study, further education and their chosen profession. Additionally the programme supports the development of the values and life skills needed to live a fulfilled and purposeful life.”- IB Diploma Programme from Principles to Practice.
While there is a “Pre-IB” program for 9th and 10th graders at Hoggard, the IB programme does not begin until 11th grade.  The Pre-IB program is designed to academically prepare those interested in the IB programme and fulfill the pre-requisites required for admission into the IB programme.