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Our High School

Our academic program in the High School balances the breadth of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme with a choice of courses tailored to 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. We believe that successful students are not defined solely by their attainment in tests and exams. In the High School, our role is to nurture the talents of our students and develop their skills through authentic learning experiences. Our After School Activities program provides opportunities for students to excel in sports and performing arts, and we encourage all our students to take part in a service project or join a community group. Our students work in small groups with educators to design and organize a personalized learning experience. These collaborative projects are devised around a common interest and develop real life skills.

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.

High School Principal at ISB

David Munro
High School Principal

Our IB Program

ISB IB Program

The International Baccalaureate's mission statement aligns with our learning philosophy at ISB:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced course of study that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities for breadth and depth. 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 programme 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.



Our counselors share learning and social strategies to help students meet academic demands and deal with any social pressures they may face. We have such a broad scope of course offerings in the High School that students often seek counselors' advice when selecting their courses. High School counselors also help our students to plan for life after their time at ISB.

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International School of Beijing (ISB) HS Course Guide 2019-2020

We offer courses through the Global Online Academy, Virtual High School, Pamoja 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.


International School of Beijing (ISB) School Profile 2018-2019

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 for ISB Students For ISB Students

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 & Spring
PSAT The “Practice” SAT is given to interested Grade 10 and 11 students in September & 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
SAT S The Subject Tests are additional admission tests 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 &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 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.

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