Curriculum

Although YIS has a non-selective admission policy, our high school programs provide academic rigor, balance and challenge. Students in grades 9 and 10 complete the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), while we offer the the IB Diploma Program (DP) in grades 11 and 12. Well over 90% of students take on the full diploma, while some students pursue IBDP courses and a few opt for YIS high school diploma credit.

Subjects and Courses

Students in grades 9 and 10 take MYP courses in the arts, design, English, mathematics, modern languages, physical education, science and the social sciences. In grades 11 and 12, students take DP courses in six subject areas (Language A, Language B, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and the Arts) as well as the core DP curriculum requirements of Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS).

High School Course Catalog

Please note that all courses are subject to maximum and minimum enrollment and we may alter courses available.


Beyond the Classroom

Learning opportunities beyond the classroom, including a wide range of co-curricular and extracurricular activities, field trips and expeditions, and service programs, complement and extend the taught curriculum.


Online Learning

Some students in grades 11 and 12 may choose to take one of their DP courses online. These courses extend the options available and provide an opportunity to learn in a truly global classroom, with teachers and classmates from other IB schools around the world. Online courses require a mature and self-directed approach to study.

Read more about our online DP course offerings here.

Graduation Requirements

All YIS high school students must fulfill the following graduation requirements regardless of any external examinations taken. One (1) credit is awarded for a course in which the student receives a passing grade and which meets four or more times a week for a full year of study. It should be noted that students who attend grades 9-12 at YIS typically earn at least two more credits than the number mandated for the YIS High School Diploma. Students transferring to YIS mid-way through grade 9 or later may receive credit for equivalent courses at other schools or have certain requirements waived with the approval of the head of academics.

To receive a YIS High School Diploma, 23 credits must be earned over grades 9 - 12, distributed as follows:

Subject
Credits
English
4
Mathematics3
Modern Languages3
Science3
Social Sciences3
Physical Education3
The Arts2
Theory of Knowledge1 (over 3 semesters in grades 11 and 12)
Design1

In addition, students must:

  • Show a sustained commitment to service over grades 11 and 12.
  • Complete a senior research paper (on an academic topic of the student’s choice) by the end of the first semester of grade 12. (Note: The DP Extended Essay satisfies this requirement.)

Three Diploma Options

All high school students completing grade 12 at YIS and satisfying the above graduation requirements receive a YIS High School Diploma. In addition, those students who fulfill the examination and other requirements of the IB Diploma Program receive an IB Diploma. Although the great majority of grade 11 students at YIS choose to pursue the full IB diploma, some students may elect to pursue DP subject-specific certificates.

There is a third graduation credential that students may opt to pursue. The YIS Global Citizen Diploma (GCD) is a unique recognition that YIS graduates can gain in addition to the IB Diploma and YIS high school diploma. The GCD aims to complement the academic rigor of the DP by recognizing a student's whole education and accomplishments--learning that has taken place in the classroom, within the larger context of the school, and in the world beyond. Learn more about the GCD here.

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