About the Programme
The High School programme covers Grades 9 to 12 (ages 14 to 18). Through a challenging academic offering which includes the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the American High School diploma, we aim to equip our students with the intellectual and interpersonal skills to succeed in both their academic and professional careers.
Learners complete the IBMYP, first commenced in our Middle School, during grades 9 and 10. They then study for the American High School Diploma, to which they can either add the full IBDP or a selection of DP courses. The ACS American High School Diploma is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). To complete it, students must earn a minimum of twenty credits during their four years of high school.
These credits may be gained across the following disciplines:
- Social studies and world languages
- Science and mathematics
- The arts (fine art, music or drama)
- Physical education
- An elective of choice
If choosing the full IBDP
If choosing the full IBDP, learners will be required to study six courses – usually three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Students must choose one subject from the first five study groupings listed below. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 4.
1. Studies in language and literature
2. Language acquisition
3. Individuals and societies
4. Experimental sciences
6. The arts or an alternate elective course
In addition, the IBDP also requires study and engagement in the following areas.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
This course is focused on developing interdisciplinary and critical-thinking skills.
Students must select, research, and write an in-depth, independent essay of 4000 words in one of their six subject areas.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
CAS is a fundamental part of the IB experience. It helps students grasp the importance of extracurricular activities as an integral part of life, and as a healthy counterbalance to the world of scholarship.
ACS High School Diploma (US)
All ACS International Schools students who successfully complete the prescribed course of study receive an accredited High School Diploma.
IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)
The IB Diploma Programme continues to set the global standard in High School education.