New Hanover County Schools






There will be an Information Session December 13, 2021, at 6 PM at Hoggard in the Media Center. You may also email the program lead, Mary Lillge at For more details on all information sessions , click HERE.



The Hoggard Pre-Diploma Programme follows the NHCS Signature Programs common application process and timeline. Check our events page for updates.

An essay is required for application to Hoggard's Signature Program. Please check the Essay Requirements page for more details.

Pre-Diploma Programme

Pre-Diploma applicants are evaluated and selected based on a scoring rubric to include the following elements, middle school grades, rigor of courses taken, standardized test scores, middle school attendance, and a personal essay. Teacher recommendations and discipline records are also reviewed but do not contribute to the numerical rubric.

Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme begins in grade 11 and carries through to the end of grade 12. Ideally, a DP candidate will have participated in our Pre-DP program before entering 11th grade.

Students entering, not having participated in our Pre-Diploma Programme, must have the following prerequisites completed in order to be admitted into the Diploma Programme in the 11th grade. Pre-DP students who do not complete the prerequisites will not be recommended to continue the program.

  • Honors English 1 and 2

  • At least three consecutive levels of the following World Languages - Spanish, French, German, Latin

  • Honors Civics & Economics (or Honors Civics and Honors Personal Finance and Economics), AP World History. (Students having completed Honors World History or another AP Social Studies course will still be required to complete AP World History.)

  • Honors Earth Science, Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry

  • Honors Math 1,2, and 3. (Pre-Calculus is only required for Math Analysis and Approaches.)

  • Health and PE

When a tenth grade Pre-DP student expresses interest in the full program, a personal meeting with the IB DP coordinator is scheduled. At this meeting, the student’s academics and career goals are discussed. A review of the student’s transcript, standardized scores, performance in Hoggard’s Pre-Diploma Programme cohort and teacher recommendations is undertaken. If the student, parents, teachers, or coordinator expresses any concerns regarding the appropriateness of participating in the full program, the issues are discussed and possible interventions and strategies developed, or alternate plans explored. Results leading to non-continuance in the program can include, but are not limited to, failure to complete prerequisite courses, academic misconduct, conduct non reflective of the IB Learner Profile, course grades indicative of non-mastery for honors or AP level courses. . Open Choice Pre-DP students who choose to exit the program (at any point) will be reassigned to their districted school and must re-apply for Open Choice if they desire to continue attending Hoggard.


Any decisions regarding the participation in the IB DP must be approved by each student’s parent or guardian as signified by his or her signing of the student’s course request form completed in the spring of the preceding year of enrollment.