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Diploma Years

In the Diploma Years (grades 11 and 12) students follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, designed to encourage high academic standards through a practical approach to teaching for understanding.

The holistic curriculum, comprised of the  Sciences, Mathematics, Languages, Humanities and the Arts, leads to either Certificates in individual subjects, or, if meeting all requirements, a full IB Diploma. The core of the program focuses on an extensive research project (Extended Essay), a critical thinking course (ToK) and creativity, action and service (CAS). Students with two languages at a native speaker or near mother tongue level qualify for a bi-lingual diploma.  

"The teachers in the Diploma Program are very knowledgeable about their subjects." ISS Family Survey 2016




The IB Diploma is recognized by most colleges and universities throughout the world. Students may take P.S.A.T. and S.A.T. tests if needed for applying to US colleges.

In acquiring the skills to become life-long learners, students are encouraged to reflect on their own personal learning styles, and to take responsibility for their learning.

For further information about your child's learning at this stage please see our Diploma Years curriculum overview.