The IB Diploma

All students at Hill-Freedman have the opportunity to earn the prestigious IB Diploma.

Students are awarded the diploma depending on their scores in each individual course. Each subject is graded on a scale from 1 point (the lowest) to 7 points (the highest). The maximum score is 45 points: 42 from the individual subjects and a maximum of 3 bonus points available for combined performance in the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge components. The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge components are graded from A to E.

The IB Diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is above 24 points, provided all the following requirements have been met:

  • Numeric grades have been awarded in all six subjects registered for the IB diploma
  • All CAS requirements have been met
  • Grades A (highest) to E (lowest) have been awarded for both Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay, with a grade of at least a D in one of them
  • There is no grade 1 in any subject
  • There is no grade 2 or below at higher level
  • Overall, there are no more than three grades of 3 or below
  • At least 12 points have been gained on higher level subjects; at least 9 points have been gained on standard level subjects
  • The final award committee has not judged the candidate to be guilty of malpractice.

The final Extended Essay grade and the final ToK grade are entered into the Diploma Points Matrix (see below) to award a possible maximum of 3 extra points to be added to a student’s Diploma score. Candidates who fail to submit satisfactory work in either area will fail the Diploma.

In addition, students who meet the requirements for and pass IB courses with a score of 5 or higher will earn a certificate for those courses.

Colleges & Universities

The IB Diploma is a rigorous and demanding program that provides students with a first-class preparation for their future after Hill-Freedman World Academy. The IB Diploma or individual course certificates qualify students for academic credits; furthermore, students with the IB Diploma are accepted at a higher rate at selective U.S. universities than those with other qualifications.

Schools have different rules for which courses they will give credit for and which scores they will accept. Many schools publish this information on their websites.