ISS High School Diploma
As an alternative to the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP), the ISS High School Diploma (HSD) programme will be offered for Grade 9 (G9) to Grade 12 (G12) students. This will be introduced in the new school year commencing August 2019.
For students who prefer not to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP), the ISS HSD is an option that will enable students to graduate at Grade 12 and apply for entry into Universities, in Australia, Europe, USA, under certain conditions*.
The ISS HSD includes practical vocational experience, as well as attachments to polytechnics and other educational institutions included in the curriculum. The core benefit of the ISS HSD is that students will be given the opportunity to pursue a vocation that they are passionate about or have a strong interest in, thereby helping our students realise their individual potential in a more personal, tangible and pronounced manner.
Student Suitability with the ISS HSD
The ISS HSD is intended for students who:
- would prefer to focus on a narrower range of subjects, English acquisition, vocational courses, or work experience
- do not meet the English entrance requirements for the Diploma Programme
- do not meet the academic entrance requirements for the Diploma Programme
Subjects pursued in the ISS HSD
The ISS HSD student has the opportunity to pursue a blended combination of IB and ISS core subjects, as well as elective subjects:
- Studies in Language and Literature
- Mother Tongue (for Grades 11 and 12 )
- Social Studies
- Elective (1 per semester)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Physical Education
- Students in Grades 9 and 10 will be required to complete a Service as Action programme, and a Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme in Grades 11 and 12.
ISS HSD Graduation Requirements
The ISS HSD offers a blended academic pathway for students. Students who choose the ISS HSD can take a combination of IB and ISS-designed courses with no restrictions on the number of required external examinations or HL/SL subject combinations.
Regardless of their subject choice, students are required to attain a minimum of 21 credits over their 4 year** journey in order to graduate and move on to university applications. Please refer to this link for details of the grading criteria.
** Credits accumulated from other educational institutions can be used to meet the minimum credit requirement
How are the examinations developed /administered in the ISS HSD?
As there is a combination of IB subjects and ISS-designed subjects in the ISS HSD, examinations are developed by both the IB and ISS International School. As an accredited Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Council of International Schools (CIS) educational institution, ISS is recognised to meet the examination criteria and standards required of *universities globally.
*Universities that an ISS HSD Graduate can select
University admission requirements differ, depending on the course that the student wants to study. Some colleges in the USA and Europe may accept students with a high school transcript and the HS Diploma (which includes some IB certificates) directly into an undergraduate programme. Most universities in the UK and Australia will require students with the ISS HSD qualification to complete a one-year foundation programme.
As admission requirements for universities are different, please refer to our University Advisor, who will be able to personally guide and advise each student on their options and choices.
A comparison of the ISS HSD and the IB DP
|ISS High School Diploma Programme
IB Diploma Programme*
|Years to complete programme||4
(for Grades 9 to 12)
*As a prerequisite to IBDP, Students must complete Grades 9 and 10
|Who is this programme suitable for?||
|What is the grading system and minimum requirement to graduate?|
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