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High School
HS students in the flex space
High School
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High School

In the High School, our role is to nurture the talents of our students and develop their skills through authentic learning experiences that ensure they are engaged members of society. ISB’s approach places value on the student’s health and character development along with their academic performance. Outcomes matter at ISB and the school believes successful students are not defined solely by their attainment in tests and exams, but also by their integrity, empathy, and sense of teamwork. ISB offers a tailored education to prepare young people for achievement and success whatever future direction they choose.

Our academic program balances the breadth of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme with a choice of courses to suit individual student interests. Our High School diploma program is a four-year university preparatory course of study that develops our students as learners and as individuals.

Meanwhile, the High School’s after-school activities provide opportunities for students to excel in sports and performing arts, and we encourage all our learners to take part in a service project or join a community group. These collaborative projects are devised around a common interest and develop real-life skills through learning that integrates different academic subjects.

In grades 11 and 12, our students elect to study the IB Diploma Programme or construct a personalized program, from a combination of IB courses, ISB courses and online courses around their interests and talents. We are confident that ISB’s flexible, interdisciplinary, and project-based approach in High School makes for well-rounded, healthy students capable of excelling in many fields.

+50 IB Courses Offered

1:1 MacBook program

1:5 Student Teacher Ratio

+180 HS courses offered

+40 field trips/experiential opportunities

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+45 HS clubs

IB Program
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The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced course of study that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities for breadth and depth.The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who can help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. 

-International Baccalaureate Mission Statement Students following the IB Diploma Programme study courses from a range of disciplines with a minimum of two languages. Our IB students make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme's unique Theory of Knowledge course. IB students also undertake in-depth research into an area of interest in one or more academic disciplines for their extended essay. The program seeks to not only enhance students' academically, but also to nurture their personal and interpersonal development. As part of the IB Programme, students undertake creative pursuits, physical activities, and service projects. 

Visit the IB website to learn more about the philosophy underpinning the IB Diploma Programme. 

HS Course Guide

High School Course Guide

We offer courses through the Global Online AcademyVirtual High SchoolPamoja Education online learning platforms. Through ISB's partnership with these online learning providers, our students have the opportunity to study semester-long courses in subjects ranging from bioethics to app development alongside students from member schools across the globe.

Pamoja Education works closely with the IB to ensure that all their courses comply with the IB's rigorous standards. All our online learning platforms work with experienced teachers with extensive training in online pedagogy, as well as mentoring and support. Our online learning platforms provide the opportunity for our students to collaborate with educators and students from around the world, with class sections often balanced to promote a global mix of perspectives to further enhance the learning experience.

School Profile

School Profile

Our High School counselors help students to determine the course of study best suited to their goals. Our School Profile offers information about our graduation requirements and the academic results of our students. Regardless of the courses our students choose, our academic program offers new ways of understanding the world. The different disciplines our students study provide a different perspective: a new lens through which to examine the world and their place in it.

Testing Information

Testing Information

Testing Information

ISB is a certified test center and is able to administer external examinations for our students. At ISB, we administer the following tests on campus:

  • MAP: Grade 9 students are given the Measurement of Academic Progress in fall and spring
  • PSAT: The “Practice” SAT is given to interested grade 10 and 11 students in September and October
  • ACT: The American College Test (with Writing) is offered in October, December, and April to our students in grade 11 and 12
  • SAT: This university admission test is offered to our students in October, November, December, January, May, and June
  • SATS: The Subject Tests are additional admission tests that are offered to our students on the same dates as the SAT
  • IB: International Baccalaureate examinations are administered to our grade 12 students in May
  • AP: Advanced Placement examinations are administered to our AP Calculus and AP Chinese students in May

NOTE: ISB administers Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations only to those students who are enrolled in ISB Advanced Placement classes. We are not able to order and administer AP examinations for ISB students who wish to sit an AP examination in a subject in which we do not offer AP classes. ISB does not offer AP examinations to any student not enrolled at ISB. Please note that ISB students who are enrolled in AP classes are expected to pay a fee and sit the AP Examination for those classes.

Counseling

The mission of the High School Counseling Department is to meet the developmental needs of adolescents using appropriate counseling services. Our goals are to help students adjust to life in the High School, to help them meet its demands with good learning and social strategies, and to help them plan effectively for life after High School. 

The mission and goals are accomplished through a program that provides academic, personal, and career and higher education counseling. In addition to these main functions, counselors perform a variety of related tasks. These include test center administration for college entrance examinations, hosting visitors, coordinating workshops and group meetings, communicating with teachers, administrators, and outside agencies, and making referrals as needed. 

 

Academic Counseling

Students can meet as they want with their counselor to talk about academic interests and concerns, and receive support in topics such as time management and reducing academic stress. The High School counselors also frequently partner with the Student Life Coordinator to provide content for academic skills activities in the Mentoring program. 

Counselors work closely with students to help them plan their academic journey in High School. Each spring during the course sign-up process (typically in March), students and parents consult with their counselor to get suggestions on courses for the coming year that meet student interests, ISB graduation requirements, and keep students moving towards their higher education goals.  

Families are welcome to meet the their counselor to discuss academic planning, and are particularly encouraged to do so when students move to grades 9 and 11, since the move to High School and planning the last two years present many options. To that end, we hold Moving to 9th Grade Night and Moving to 11th Grade Night to provide families with substantial information about these transitions. The Counseling Program holds additional informational events during the course sign-up periods to help students make the best choices. 

Personal Counseling

Students are welcome to see their counselor for problem-focused counseling on personal concerns. The High School counselors are trained in a variety of counseling approaches, and are happy to help students resolve concerns that they have. Frequent personal counseling issues include friendships, family relationships, and personal development. In almost all situations, conversations with a counselor are confidential, and the counselor cannot disclose what a student tells them. Students may want to ask about counselor confidentiality the first time they see a counselor. 

Both new and continuing students at ISB also benefit from our Peer Helpers Program. Students selected to be Peer Helpers are chosen for their strong ability to relate well and listen to other students. Students interested in becoming part of the Peer Helpers program can ask for detail in the High School Counseling Office. 

Counselor Coffees for Parents

Several times per year, the counselors host parent coffees in the morning to provide further information on counseling topics of interest to our families. Favorite topics in the past have included summer programs and activities and the transition from High School to college. Look for announcement about Counselor Coffees in the ISB Weekly and on the electronic noticeboards on campus. 

College Admissions Counseling

The High School counselors also partner with students to help guide them in the college admissions process. Our philosophy is that students are best served when they attend a college that is the best fit for them, and our programs and practices reflect this data-confirmed approach.  

For the most part, the college research and application process starts in earnest during second semester of grade 11, as there is sufficient information about a student’s academic journey and ideas about future interest to begin the process. Prior to that semester, the counselors hold events for families at earlier grade levels to provide relevant information suitable for the grade level to which it is being presented.

High School News
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After almost four decades of academic excellence, 2019-2020 is a big year for ISB as the community eyes new facilities set to make this an even better place to learn.

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ISB teachers have traveled the world for professional development this summer to bring the best in global teaching practices back to their classrooms.

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From maximum scores to consistently out-performing their peers, our latest batch of examinees have consolidated ISB’s proud record of success in the world’s toughest college preparatory course.

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Here are some of the highlights from the year as ISB has lived its aspirational values and again provided a leading learning environment for international students.

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Welcome to ISB's new website

ISB students, members of the parent community, and netizens looking for a leading international education for their children will get a clearer picture of our school online.

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EARCOS is one of many organizations ISB partners with to offer students diverse opportunities to excel and develop character away from the classroom.

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