High School

Welcome to the XIS High School. We are very proud of our high school graduates who gain acceptance into top universities and colleges worldwide.

The typical XIS high school graduate is bilingual and has a record of leadership, service, and rigorous coursework. As students progress through high school, they deepen their critical thinking skills, independence, and confidence and graduate prepared for their next steps in life.   

Dr. Peter Burnside

Secondary Principal

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XIS Secondary Principal Dr. Peter Burnside

“The typical XIS high school graduate is bilingual and has a record of leadership, service, and rigorous coursework.”

-Dr. Peter Burnside, Secondary Principal

XIS High School Student
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The IB Diploma is a rigorous, academic high school program that is designed to broaden students’ perspectives, strengthen key skills, and provide challenge to students.

XIS MYP Coordinator Ralph Emmerink

“Our high school students are provided with an academically rigorous program that enables them to be prepared for whatever challenges they may face in the world.”

-Ralph Emmerink, MYP Coordinator

High School Program Overview

Grades 9-10

During the first two years of high school at XIS, students engage in a challenging and academically focused program framed by the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and informed by North American and international standards.

The MYP is a holistic framework that allows students to not only learn about subject-specific content, but to also make interdisciplinary connections between subjects and have opportunities to apply their learning to the real world. In grade 10, students complete a Personal Project, a culmination of the MYP and a substantial work of creativity driven by personal interest reflecting knowledge and skills gained throughout the program.

Learn more about the MYP Programme.

 

Grades 9-10 Courses and Classes

 

  • English Language and Literature or English Language Acquisition,

  • Mathematics (Standard or Extended)

  • Science

  • Individuals and Societies

  • Physical and Health Education

  • Design

  • Arts (Visual Arts and/or Music)

  • Mandarin or Korean

  • Homeroom and Counseling/Advisory Classes

High School Program Overview

Grades 11-12

The curriculum in grades 11-12 is centered on the IB Diploma Programme. The IB Diploma is a rigorous, academic high school program that is designed to broaden students’ perspectives, strengthen key skills, and provide challenge to students.

A successful IB Diploma student gains access to universities across the globe and is better prepared to succeed in future studies compared to their peers. Students become self-aware, critical thinkers who can effectively apply knowledge and understanding to new situations. IB Diploma students develop not only academically, but holistically, gaining an appreciation of internationalism, global issues and serving the community.

At XIS, we adopt an IB-for-All approach where all students are challenged to complete either the IB Diploma or IB Courses alongside their XIS High School Diploma. Both are academically challenging routes that provide pathways for continued study after high school.

Learn more about the IB Diploma Programme.

XIS IB Coordinator Sam Giblett

“A successful IB Diploma student gains access to universities across the globe and is better prepared to succeed in future studies compared to their peers.”

-Sam Giblett, IB Coordinator

IBDP Programme Model

IB Courses and Requirements

  • Language A (English, Mandarin, Korean, or School Supported/Self-Taught Arabic, Dutch)

  • Language B (Mandarin, Spanish – online)

  • Mathematics

  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

  • Humanities (History, Psychology, Economics, Business Management)

  • Arts (Visual Arts, Music, Film)

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

  • Extended Essay

  • CAS (Community, Action, Service)