High School Curriculum

The curriculum of the high school has a highly academic focus and serves to prepare students for university or college. The vast majority of our graduates continue their educational careers in respected universities in North America, Asia and Europe.

Students who successfully complete those credits necessary for graduation receive an AISB High School Diploma. 

Students are enrolled in eight academic courses and students in grades 11 and 12 are given the option of a study hall.  These courses normally include:

  • English
  • World Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Electives (The Arts, Physical Education, and Technology)

Community service (CAS) and computer literacy are also graduation requirements. 

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is available to students in grades 11 and 12 and is successfully completed by a majority of our graduating seniors. Last year the success rate for the IB Diploma was 96% compared to the world average of 80%. 

Typically, two-thirds of our graduating seniors earned the full IB Diploma. The IB Diploma is awarded after completing the study of six courses for two years and passing an external exam in all subjects, writing an original research essay, and participating in a program of at least 150 hours of CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). Students may be enrolled as full IB Diploma candidates or on the basis of individual courses of their choice.


Course Descriptions

Requirements for AISB High School Diploma

Requirements for AISB High School Diploma

The minimum requirement for students who have been enrolled in AISB since the beginning of ninth grade is to accumulate 24 credits distributed among the academic departments as listed below. One further requirement for an AISB high school diploma is computer literacy, which may be obtained through a computer applications semester course.

Additionally, all students are expected to carry out C.A.S. (Creativity-Action-Service) projects and complete a C.A.S. portfolio for each year they attend the school. Service is an important part of our curriculum and students must contribute in a satisfactory manner in order to graduate. The CAS program is described in more detail at the end of this Program of Studies.

From a scheduling perspective, it is important to know that students in grades 10-12 have the option to sign up for one semester of a CAS block during which time they will be able to work towards completing the CAS requirements.

High School Graduation Credit Distribution

Arts*2 credits
English4 credits
Mathematics   3 credits
Physical Education**2 credits
Science3 credits
Social Studies         3 credits
World Languages3 credits
Additional Courses / Electives        4 credits
Total24 credits + CAS and Computer Literacy


Arts credit: Up to 1 credit of Arts can come from Media Arts courses.

** PE credit: waiver of credit for inclusion of after school sports

If a student in grade 11/12 is missing a semester of PE credit (0.5) and is involved in two after school sports during their academic year, and fulfills the attendance policy set forth by the coach the school will waive a half credit of PE for that student. The coach(es) will need to approve of the waiver based on attendance and behavior.

Suggested Progression of Courses for AISB Graduation

Suggested Progression of Courses for AISB Graduation


9th Grade

Must take 8 full courses

10th Grade

Must take 8 full courses

11th Grade

Must take 6 full courses

12th Grade

Must take 6 full courses

Arts1 credit1 creditSee ElectiveSee Elective
English1 credit1 credit1 credit1 credit
Mathematics 1 credit1 credit1 creditRequired for IB DP
Physical Education1 credit1 creditSee ElectiveSee Elective
Science1 credit1 credit1 creditRequired for IB DP
Social Studies1 credit1 credit1 creditRequired for IB DP
World Languages1 credit1 credit1 creditRequired for IB DP
ElectiveHS Foundations1 credit1-2 credits IB DP students take 0.5 credits of TOKAs required to make 6 full courses. IB DP students take 0.5 credits of TOK.
Study HallNot PermittedNot Permitted Maximum of 1 + HL Extension time in H BlockMaximum of 1 + HL Extension time in H Block


IB Higher Level Pathways at AISB

IB HL Pathways at AISB

It is highly recommended that students have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to enter the full IB Diploma. The chart below shows the pathway to IB Higher Level courses.


Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11-12


(Group 1)

85% in Engish 9

80% in Honors English 10

IB HL English

World Language (Group 2)

Level 3 French, German, Spanish

Level 4 French, German, Spanish

IB HL French, German, Spanish

Social Studies (Group 3)


80% in World History 10 for HL History / Psychology

HL Economics also requires 80% in Math 10 Standard or a passing grade in Math 10 Honors

IB HL History, Psychology

IB HL Economics


(Group 4)


80% in Science 10

IB HL Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Math (Group 5)

85% in

Honors Math 9

80% in

Honors Math 10

IB HL Math


(Group 6)

Introductory Studio Art or Introductory Theatre

80% Advanced Studio Art or Advanced Theatre

IB HL Art or Theatre


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