What is the language of instruction?

English in all subjects except second language courses.

How old are Lower Secondary students?

Age at the start of the school year:
Year 7       11-12 years
Year 8       12-13 years
Year 9       13-14 years
Year 10     14-15 years

How old are IB students?

Age at the start of the school year:
Pre-IB   15-16 years
IB1       16-17 years
IB2       17-18 years

How do you determine who is accepted into Lower Secondary?

Admission is open to students of all nationalities who demonstrate the ability to access and benefit from the challenging international curriculum offered by the school.  Students who are not proficient in English are required to take an English language proficiency test prior to admission.  This test will be provided by school and administered either by the student's current school or at OIS.

How long is the school day?

The school day for Years 7-10 runs from 08:50 - 15:05 Monday - Friday.

The school day for IB runs from 08:05 – 15:50, except on Fridays when the school day ends at 15:05.

Are there any breaks in the school day?

There is one break from 10:20 – 10:35 and a lunch break from 12:05 – 12:50.

Can students in Lower Secondary leave campus during the day?

No.  Due to security reasons, we do not allow students to leave campus unsupervised.

Is there a dress code?

Yes.  Students are to come to OIS dressed for a serious educational environment.  The Deputy Principal leads a presentation at the start of the school year to explain to all Lower Secondary students how to comply with the OIS dress code.

How are students graded?

Grading is on a 7-point scale with grade descriptors for Term Learning Performance and Work Ethic:
7 = excellent performance
6 = very good performance
5 = good performance
4 = satisfactory performance
3 = mediocre performance
2 = poor performance
1 = very poor performance

Grade Boundaries are used for Exam Grades:
7 = 90-100%
6 = 80-89%
5 = 65-79%
4 = 50-64%
3 = 30-49%
2 = 15-29%
1 = 0-14%

How often do students receive progress reports / grades?

Progress Reports, with grades from 1-7 for Term Learning Performance, Work Ethic and Exam Grade, if applicable, are issued twice yearly.

During the term students receive feedback and grades for their assessed assignments on Fronter.

How many students are enrolled in the Secondary School?

Typically from 160 – 180 students enrolled in the Lower Secondary School (Years 7-10) and between 30-40 students enrolled in each of the IB classes.

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?

The IB Diploma Program at OIS is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year international curriculum.  International Baccalaureate Organization website www.ibo.org

Is there a pre-IB program at OIS?

Yes. Year 11 at OIS is designed to prepare students for the academic rigor of the IB program. Year 11 (Pre-IB year) is not required for entry into the IB program, but is highly recommended.

How do you determine who is accepted into the IB program?

Applications from students not currently attending OIS are considered on the basis of the student’s previous academic records, exam results in English, Maths/Science, letters of recommendation and the interview with the IB Coordinator.

Can I transfer into the IB program?

It is possible to transfer into the IB program only in very exceptional circumstances (for example, when transferring from another IB school). Otherwise, it is expected that students register for the full two years.

What are the IB results like at OIS?

Despite being a school unlike other IB schools, with mixed-ability students, results at OIS for students receiving the Diploma have consistently been above the world average since the introduction of the program in 1989. The highest grade achieved was 45 out of a maximum of 45.  Click on the link to see our most recent IB exam results.

Where do I go if I need help?

Deputy Principal – is responsible for the day-to-day running of Lower Secondary at OIS. The Deputy Principal is the main contact for parents with questions relating to the programme, its delivery and organisation at OIS.

Contact Teacher - all students are assigned a contact teacher. Contact teachers are the first point of contact for a student or a parent should they have specific school related questions. The Contact Teacher in Lower Secondary will also meet with the class once each week to lead a Personal / Health / Social Education lesson as well as teaching their students in a specialist subject area.

Counsellor – is responsible for the social /emotional well being of the student body. He/she will have office hours posted where students can ‘drop in’ for a visit. Students may also be referred to the counsellor in certain situations. Parents are also welcome to make appointments with the counsellor by contacting the school.

IB Coordinator – is responsible for the day-to-day running of the IB program at OIS. The Coordinator is the main contact person for students and parents with questions relating to the general performance and progress of students as well as those concerning the IB program and its delivery and organisation at OIS.

University and Careers Advisor – is responsible for assisting and advising all IB students in research and decision making for future education and careers. Students can direct all questions related to future study or careers to the advisor and can receive individual help in the process of selecting and applying for universities/colleges.

CAS Coordinator – meets regularly with IB students to help them fulfil their CAS requirement and to ensure that students find meaningful activities that promote their personal development.