High School

In ISL, the High School (Grades 9-12) curriculum is in strict keeping with the IB’s and our own teaching and learning philosophy and  Vision, Values and Mission. The programme of study is outlined below:

Grades 9-10: IGCSE’s (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) 

Within the general framework of the IB programme and its holistic educational approach, courses in Grades 9 and 10 prepare the students for the British Cambridge International Assessment IGCSE examinations at the end of the Grade 10 (cambridgeinternational.org). Building on the foundations laid in the middle years, these prestigious, internationally recognised programmes aim to develop the knowledge, the study and research skills, and the critical thinking essential for a successful participation in the Diploma Programme in 11th-12th grade.

Students in Grades 9 and 10 study the following subjects:

  • English and/or French as the native or first language
  • English Literature
  • French, and/or English as a Second Language for non-native speakers
  • Coordinated Science (lessons are in Physics, Chemistry and Biology)This course is equal to 2 IGCSE  diplomas.
  • Geography
  • History
  • Business Studies or Visual Arts (elective)
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education


The IB Diploma Programme (IB DP ibo.org) aims to develop internationally-minded students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. 

ISL IB DP students will develop the academic and personal skills essential for success in the Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12. These include research, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills as well as all the IB Learner Profile attributes. Their studies include a balanced choice of six academic subjects, an interdisciplinary course in critical thinking called ‘Theory of Knowledge’ and mandatory participation in extra-curricular activities in the areas of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS). The teaching of research skills culminates in the production of a 4,000 word research paper, the ‘Extended Essay’. The IB Diploma give access to leading universities in countries all over the world and enjoys a particularly strong reputation in the UK and North America, including, for example, advanced placement in leading US universities. The subjects below are available in ISL.

N.B. Students who fulfil ISL’s Graduation requirements are also awarded the school’s individual High School Diploma.

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature (Language A):

  • English literature; higher or standard level
  • French Language and Literature; higher or standard level
  • Another mother-tongue language as ‘school supported self-taught’; standard level only

Group 2: Language Acquisition: (Language B):

  • English, French; higher or standard level
  • French, Ab initio, standard level only

Group 3: Individuals and Societies:

  • History, Geography, Economics; higher or standard level

Group 4: Sciences:

  • Chemistry, Physics, Biology; higher or standard level

Group 5: Mathematics

  • Mathematics;
  • Mathematical studies;

Group 6: The Arts:

  • Visual Arts; higher or standard level
  • A second subject from any of the other five groups; higher or standard level




For more detail, please consult our ISL Secondary Curriculum Guide.

All secondary student learning is supported by the IB Learner Profile