Students of Grades 11 and 12 have the option to participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and examination process. All OIS courses are Diploma-based courses, which will lead all students to the OIS High School Diploma and the IB Diploma upon successful completion of Grade 11 and 12.
Sitting for the examinations furthers the IB candidate’s application for the IB Diploma. For students who opt for the IB exams take them in May/June of the 12th grade year. These exams are graded externally. However, all students will receive an OIS report card that is separate from the IB results.
The 2 year programme of instruction consists of six main subject groups:
Group 1: Studies in Language & Literature
Language and Literature
Group 2: Language Acquisition
French, Spanish, Hindi
Group 3: Individuals & Societies
History, Economics, Business Studies, Psychology (Introduced in AY 16-17)
Group 4: Sciences
Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Systems and Societies
Group 5: Mathematics
Math Studies, Math SL and Math HL
Group 6: The Arts
Visual Arts, Theatre
Students must choose 1 subject from each of the groups 1-5. If they do not select a Group 6 subject, they may choose a second subject from either Group 3 or 4.
Students must choose 3 subjects at a Standard Level (SL) and 3 subjects at a Higher Level (HL). Distinctions between the SL and HL courses are the amount of time, intensity and breadth of study. In order to take HL courses, the students must have earned an OIS grade of B or above in that class in the previous year.
In addition, each student must complete three Core requirements, which include:
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) This is also required for the OIS Diploma.
Extended Essay (EE)
Creativity/Activity/Service Programme (CAS)
The OIS Programme prepares students for university by ensuring a balanced academic programme of study.
If these three Core components are not completed, the student does NOT receive the full IB Diploma.
All students at OIS must work towards the OIS Diploma. Students may also pursue the IGCSE certificates, (Grade 10) IB Diploma or the IB Course Programme. Decisions on programmes will be made in consultation with the student, parent, teachers, counselors and administration.
High School Diplomas
OIS High School Diploma: All students from Grades 9 – 12 will receive an OIS High School Diploma upon successful completion of each year in high school. This diploma is recognized and accepted at universities worldwide. Students must pass (with an OIS grade of D or above) EACH subject EACH year. Should a student fail a class, the student must repeat the class in order to be promoted to the next grade level.
IB Diploma Options:Students who opt to sit for the IB exams have a choice to do the full IB Diploma, or the IB Course.
Full IB Diploma: Upon successful completion of the 2 years of study, and passing all IB exams (3 Higher Level classes – with an IB grade of 4 or above, and 3 Standard Level classes), completion of TOK, CAS and the EE, students receive the IB Diploma.
IB Course: Students can sit for individual IB exams in subjects of their strength. Upon successful completion of the IB exam in these subjects, students receive certificates for those subjects. CAS and EE are not a part of the IB Course programme.
OIS Diploma & Graduation Requirements
Students must pass all classes in order be promoted to the next year/grade. Students who do not pass a class will need to make up the credit (retake the class in order to earn the credit. This can be done through a distance-learning course, for example, Nebraska University which has an equivalent high school programme for students who need to earn the necessary credits. Please contact the school college counselors for further information.
The grades a student earns determine the choices and classes a student can take in subsequent years.
All credits must be obtained during grades 9 to 12
Credit = 1 full year course (to receive credit a student must obtain an OIS grade of D or higher). The Grade 9 and 10 courses and Grade 11 and 12 courses each require two years of study. Students receive 1 credit each year for each year of study.
In grades 9 and 10, students can choose another Humanities, Science or Arts class. These are two-year courses. Students will receive one credit per year.
Additional OIS Diploma Requirements
Attendance and participation in the homeroom programme (9-12)
Completion of Theory of Knowledge (Grades 11 & 12)
*Awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). All exams are externally graded. For details on the IB Diploma please go to the IBO website www.ibo.org. Candidates must receive a score of “4” or higher in the HL subjects, and successfully complete all three Core elements.
*The IBO provides students the option of taking individual certificates (for example IB HL Chemistry or IB SL History). Courses are externally graded and the IBO awards an IB Certificate upon successful completion of the individual exam. Students who choose this option are not required to complete the CAS or EE elements.