High School (9-12)
Preparing young people for life beyond school
The High School curriculum consists of a core program in English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Languages and Social Studies. During these four years, there are two distinct phases to our students' education. In the pre-IB years of Grades 9 and 10, students make selections that will prepare them for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a rigorous program that provides a framework for our curriculum and guides our approaches to learning. As they move into Grades 11 and 12, many students can choose to participate in the full IB Diploma Programme. This program is a university preparation course of study that is recognized in virtually every country in the world.
The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:
- Ask challenging questions.
- Learn how to learn.
- Develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture.
- Develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
Students not choosing to participate in the full IB Programme usually take one or two IB courses along with other high school courses offered at AISR, which meet the requirements for our U.S. High School Diploma. Non-IB courses are taught at the level of a typical university preparatory course found in U.S. high schools and include a range of offerings in laboratory/experimental sciences, mathematics, literature, world languages, history, and electives such as visual arts, music, and media and publications. Nearly all AISR graduates move on to university or their next level of higher education.
AISR provides 3 pathways towards graduation: the IB Diploma, the AISR Academic Diploma and the AISR General Diploma. Students can strive towards any one of these, or both the AISR Academic and the IB Diplomas.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to external examinations. The Diploma program is a comprehensive two-year international curriculum, that aims to have students share an academic experience emphasizing critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of perspectives. To receive an IB Diploma, a minimum of 24 points is required. The maximum possible number of points is 45 – a maximum of 7 points for each group plus a maximum of 3 points for Theory of Knowledge (ToK)/Extended Essay/Creativity, Action, Service (CAS). Three courses are taken at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL).
The AISR Academic Diploma is the culmination of a challenging university-preparatory program for students who plan to pursue higher education upon graduation from AISR. Courses include a range of offerings in English, modern languages, social studies, science, mathematics, and a variety of electives. A minimum of 24 credits is required to graduate with an AISR Academic Diploma. One year of coursework in one subject area = one credit. An AISR Academic Diploma is a minimum requirement for acceptance to universities in the United States and Canada.
The AISR General Diploma provides an appropriately challenging and flexible program for students who benefit from substantial learning support and an individualized program. A variety of courses are available to support student success in reaching individual post-secondary goals. It is possible that students who earn an AISR General Diploma may not meet the requirements for admissions to a university after High School. It will be important to research early the options available to those students upon graduation from AISR.
What is so special about THE IB DIPLOMA programme?
The IB programme is recognized around the world and ensures an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
The curriculum and pedagogy of the IB programme focuses on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorization process in order to offer one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school's resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.
IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
Many students graduating from the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IB works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes.
The core components of the IB Diploma Programme encourages students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.
Academic Course Offerings for grades 9-12
- English 9
- English 10
- English 11
- English 12
- IB English A: Language and Literature
- IB English B
- World History 9/10
- U.S. History 9/10
- IB History
- IB Psychology
- IB Business Management (online)
- IB Economics (online)
- General Mathematics
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2/Trigonometry
- IB Mathematical Studies
- IB Mathematics
- General Science
- Integrated Science 9
- Integrated Science 10
- IB Biology
- IB Chemistry
- IB Physics
- Dutch as a Foreign Language (FL)
- Dutch as a Native Language (NL)
- Japanese NL
- Spanish FL
- IB Dutch A: Language and Literature
- IB Dutch B
- IB French B
- IB Spanish B
- IB Spanish ab initio
- IB Mandarin ab initio
- IB Language A: Literature (school-supported self-taught)
Arts Physical Education and Health
- Health, Advisory and Physical Education (grade 9)
- Health, Advisory and Physical Education (grade 10)
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
- Extended Essay
- Learning Support
- English as an Additional Language (EAL)
You can also learn more about the High School at AISR by reviewing the Secondary School Handbook and CAS Handbook.