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Upper School Programme

The Upper School at NIS is framed by personal excellence and comprises grades levels 10 – 12. Students in Grade 10 are in their final year of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), yet the transition from MYP to the Diploma Programme (DP) is made smoother by the building of early relationships and connections with the Head of Upper School and other students in Upper School Division. Parents and students in Grade 10 are counselled to make informed decisions about subject selection for Grades 11 and 12, taking into consideration the students’ future aspirations beyond school.

The Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme (DP) is widely regarded as the most rigorous pre-university curriculum and it is accepted by over 2500 universities worldwide, including the leading universities in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States. The DP is an excellent preparation for adult life, enabling students to be successful with their university studies and future careers. The programme lasts for two years (Grade 11 and Grade 12 at NIS). Students in the DP at NIS benefit from highly experienced international faculty with depth of IB Diploma experience, many of whom are IB examiners.

Paths to Graduation

Whilst the majority of students in the Upper School opt to study the DP, we also offer other paths to graduation for all learners to achieve success. More information about these paths can be found here.

University Counselling

Integral to life in the Upper School is University Counselling. Our counsellor, Mrs Gretchen Galaty, works collaboratively with students and their families, guiding them through their options and the application and selection process of university entrance. The links below to awards, subjects and curriculum documentation give further insight into the Upper School at NIS. Please contact your child’s advisor for any required passwords.

 

Head of Upper School – Grades 10-12
Katie Ham
katieham@nanjing-school.com

Awards

Subjects

The DP emphasizes transdisciplinary learning and requires students to study courses across six disciplines (three of these at Higher Level and three at Standard Level). In addition to the six subjects, the students must also complete the core requirements for the DP which include: Creativity-Action-Service (CAS) programme, the Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK).

CAS raises students’ awareness of community needs and builds confidence in their ability to bring about change. The EE is a 4,000 word essay on a subject of interest. This provides students with the opportunity to develop skills for in-depth independent research, an essential element of university study. TOK is an interdisciplinary course that challenges students to question the basis of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, and to develop the ability to analyse evidence that is expressed in rational argument.

Grade 10 Overview

Parent Access to Teacher Planning and Curriculum Documents

Parent Atlas Login Parents of enrolled students ask your child’s Homeroom Teacher for the password. Prospective parents contact admissions

IB Results

 

IB Diploma Results, 2012-18

 

 

2012  

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Full Diploma Entries

19

27

40

39

28

33

39

Diplomas awarded

19

26

36

35

27

28

36

Pass Rate

100%

96%

93%

90%

96%

85%

92%

Eligible Graduates entered

100%

96%

98%

93%

93%

94%

93%

Mean Diploma Score

34

34

33

33

33

33

35

Highest Score (max. 45)

42

42

44

44

41

41

44

Average Subject Score

5.4

5.5

5.2

5.2

5.3

5.3

5.5

 

As an inclusive school it is important that all our academic results are understood within a context. While we are proud that our students consistently achieve beyond the world average at IB Diploma, we are most proud of the fact that we encourage all of our students to follow IB level classes. Many schools are selective and admit their academically most gifted students in order to report better results. We simply want our each of our students to achieve their personal best; for some that means 24 points and for others 45. It is important to view achievement data with a critical eye.

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