The High School Diploma

Grades 11 and 12 prepare students for life, university and a career.

Students entering Grade 11 are given the option of enrolling in either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or the High School Diploma. Both programs focus on engaging and challenging students academically along with developing attributes associated with personal well-being and a genuine care and concern for others in the local, national and global community.

The SSIS High School Diploma (HSD) is designed for those students seeking a broader range of subjects than those offered in the IB Diploma and also offers the rigour necessary for university entrance whilst allowing for a more flexible approach to program design. Students are given the option of enrolling in a selection of year long courses during Grades 11 and 12. To ensure university recognition the HSD has been accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC).

SSIS is committed to creating a wide range of courses of study that can be combined with a selection of traditional IB Diploma courses. In addition to the school-based courses we have designed, we also make a commitment to providing preparation for HSD students to sit for national exams such as those found in the Korean system or international English language qualifications such as TOEFL and SATs.

Subjects studied

The HSD student begins accumulating credits in Grade 9 and continues until the end of Grade 12. A minimum of 24 credits, and meeting certain criteria, are required to gain the HSD.

Students in the HSD will be given the option of completing two-year IB Diploma courses in certain subjects and achieving a DP Certificate. If HSD students successfully complete one year of a two-year DP course they will be given an academic credit for that course.

We are very conscious of the necessity for high academic standards but also recognize that a great high school experience must include opportunities for students to participate in a variety of activities. HSD students will also take part in the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme and Health and Wellness. There is also a Careers course that, in addition to CAS and the various extra-curricular activities at SSIS, will help HSD students to enjoy a balanced and productive academic experience.

The following table is an example of the subjects offered for the HSD, which may be supplemented by some of the IB Diploma courses.

Subject Area

Subjects Offered

Studies in Language and Literature

Chinese Literature Studies, Chinese Language and Literature, English Literature Studies, English Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, Japanese Literature Studies, Korean Literature Studies, and school supported Self-taught Literature

Language Acquisition

Chinese B, English B, Mandarin ab initio, Spanish B and Spanish ab initio

Individuals and Societies

Business Management, Economics, History, Psychology


Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Environmental Systems and Societies, Food Technology, Physics and Sports and Exercise Health Science.



The Arts

Music, Visual Arts

*Please note these subject offerings vary on a year-to-year basis and are dependent on student numbers and available teaching resources.

All students also undertake a Health & Wellness course.

The High School Diploma is designed for those students seeking a broader range of subjects than those offered in the IB Diploma and also offers the rigour necessary for university entrance...