Programme Description

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme of Hillsborough County is a magnet program that provides highly motivated college-bound students the opportunity to participate in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. The program is a four-year course of study with two phases: Grades 9 and 10 are the pre-diploma Programme, and Grades 11 and 12 make up the IB Diploma Programme. Students apply in 8 th grade to enter the program beginning in 9 th grade.

Application Period Begins November 16 at Noon

During the Application Period, students currently enrolled in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) may apply online at Students not currently enrolled in HCPS need to download the all-in-one paper application at

Currently there are four high schools offering the IB Diploma Programme: Hillsborough, King, Robinson, and Strawberry Crest. The school for which your application will be considered is determined by your Hillsborough County residential address.


You must complete Algebra I or Algebra I Honors (preferred) by the end of 8 th grade with a “C” or higher each semester.

Eligibility Factors:

  • GPA: Grades earned in core subjects from 7th grade and part of 8th grade
  • Test scores: Standardized test scores from 6th and/or 7th grade