High School

High School at CHIST begins with one year of focused preparation with advanced level critical thinking skills and prerequisite content courses before the start of the IB Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. 

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP)* was created in 1968, as an academically balanced and challenging two year programme, designed for motivated secondary school students aged 16 to 19. The programme has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to over 2000 of the world’s leading universities and preparing them for success in further studies and life beyond. The Diploma Programme grading system is criterion-referenced: each student’s performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement consistent from one examination session to the next.

Students enrolled in the Diploma Programme* will take six academic subjects from
the following subject groups:

Studies in Language and Literature
Language Acquisition
Individuals and Societies
The Arts
These subjects are offered at two different levels – Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL). 
In addition, Diploma Programme* students are required to work on what we called the Core. The Core is one of the elements that makes the DP* a unique programme, since it challenges students to apply research and communication skills.

The core has three elements:

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS): students will develop and take into practice, a project based on these three concepts.
Extended Essay (EE): students write a 4000-word paper individually and independently.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK): this subject studies the nature of knowledge as what we “claim to be” knowledge.
Towards the end of the programme, students will need to complete internal assessment requirements and sit for their IB examinations in November of grade 12.


During the 2020 academic year, CHIST will offer the following subjects, in addition to The Core, for students to complete their full IB Diploma Programme: 

English Language and Literature SL/HL
Japanese Language and Literature SL/HL
History HL
Chemistry SL
Mathematics Applications and Interpretation SL
Visual Arts HL

For more information on the IB Diploma Programme visit  the IBO website, at https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/

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