ISL Diploma

All students in High School are working towards an ISL High School Diploma, which is based on credits earned in each of the 4 years of High School. A credit is awarded for successful completion, with a passing grade, of a one-year course in a subject offered by the school. So, for example, 1 year of Physics in Year 10, earns 1 credit in Science. In order to gain an ISL High School Diploma, students must earn 24 or more credits in a range of subjects, some of which are specified e.g. 4 credits of Mathematics, over the 4 High School years. (IBDP Higher Level subjects earn 1.5 credits per year which reflects the extra time and level of work involved and are, in effect, honours courses).

To deliver the ISL High School Diploma, we follow the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme in Years 10-11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Years 12-13 (IB1-IB2). Together, these 4 years make up High School, which is part of the Secondary School (Years 7-13 inclusive).

Students who earn a full High School Diploma by gaining the requisite credits in the specified subjects are entitled to graduate from ISL at the end of Year 13. This is the final year of Secondary School education.

Course Credits

The basic requirements for graduation are the completion of Years 10-13 with the accumulation of 24 credits. Credits are based on hours per week of class time. In most cases, 1 credit is equivalent to 1 year of study. Courses where a 1/2 credit is applied, indicates fewer class meetings. Students are eligible to receive 1.5 credits for achieving a grade of 4 or above in Higher Level courses offered in Years 12 and 13.

Credits should consist of:

English4 credits
Mathematics4 credits
Social Studies3 credits
Science3 credits
Electives3 credits
Second Language2 credits
Physical Education2 credits
The Arts and Technology2 credits
Community Service (CAS)1/2 credit
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)1/2 credit