Preparing for international studies
The Upper Secondary Programme is a cohesive, balanced and challenging 3-Year course of study (Pre-IB to IB2), with final examinations that prepare students for success at university and employment.
The educational philosophy of the IB is the governing aim of Upper Secondary, as the completion of IB is the goal of the students and of the OIS programme. Known for its intellectual rigour and high academic standards, the IB and the Upper Secondary place strong emphasis on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship.
The Pre-IB and IB Diploma Programme courses typically have 120-140 students enrolled. Applications are considered based on the student’s previous academic records and recommendations.
Upper Secondary age group: 15-18 years
Impressive IB results
We are proud of the excellent results our students earn in the IB Diploma Programme each year. OIS students, supported by a team of experienced and knowledgeable teachers, consistently earn results that compare favourably to some of the very best schools in the world.
- 100% pass rate for the last 4 years - OIS average score of 37 pts compared to world average of 33
- 30% of graduates earn Bilingual Diploma
The IB Diploma Programme at OIS has helped me become a smarter and more open-minded person, and I feel so much more prepared for the future because of it.
- IB2 student
Pre-IB: getting ready for the IB Diploma Programme
The purpose of the Pre-IB curriculum is to make the transition from Lower to Upper Secondary smoother for students and to prepare them fully for the rigorous demands of the IB Diploma Programme.
Students study 6-7 academic subjects concurrently; they are required to study English, Mathematics, a Humanities subject, a Science, and a Second Language. In addition, students continue to study Physical Education in the Pre-IB Programme. To prepare them further for the IB Diploma Programme, they also take two preparatory courses, each comprising three separate components. IB skills focuses on research, service learning and creativity. In addition, students are introduced to economics, communication & media, and computer science through tailored trimester courses, designed to give them an insight into the nature of a subject not previously studied.
IB: recognised for admission to the world's leading universities
In Years 12 and 13, students follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. This is a challenging 2-year pre-university course of study designed for highly motivated students. Introduced at OIS in 1989, the IB Diploma is recognised for admission to the world’s leading universities.
Choice of subjects is made within six groups, including Languages, Humanities, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and an elective subject. Grades are on a scale of 1 – 7, with 7 being the highest achievable grade. The IB Diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points.
The six academic subjects are studied concurrently. At least three subjects–but not more than four–are taken at higher level, while the others are standard level. HL courses consist of 240 teaching hours, SL courses of 150 hours. Students are thus able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly, which is a deliberate compromise between the early specialisation of some national systems and the breadth found in others. In addition, all students must complete a research paper on a topic of their choice (Extended Essay), participate in Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and fulfil the requirements of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.
Each year, over 95% of our graduates are accepted into at least one of their top university choices.