Grade 10: The Foundation Year
Grade 10 at ISAK is a pre-IB foundation year, giving you the opportunity to polish your research, writing and presentation skills before beginning the IB Diploma Programme in Grade 11.
At ISAK, you will enjoy studying in small classes with students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Our small, discussion-based classes give you exposure to many different perspectives and help you develop critical thinking habits and the opportunity to express your views. Group projects and individual presentations are also a common part of the ISAK educational experience, helping you develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills.
With nearly all teachers living on campus, you can also interact with faculty outside the classroom, and ISAK students are often seen discussing current events or classroom assignments with faculty members during mealtimes or after school. Please see The ISAK Education for an overview of ISAK’s unique educational program.
Viktor, Class of 2018 talks about how the G-10 curriculum has challenged him.
All students in Grade 10 take the following courses:
- Japanese (beginner, intermediate or native level)
- Social Studies
- Mindful Self-Discipline (Health Science)
- Physical Education
- Information Science
- Design Innovation (Home Economics)
In addition to academics, we believe that contributing to the community is an important part of the ISAK experience. All Grade 10 students participate in community service activities every Friday afternoon. Not only do these kinds of service activities support our community, they also provide you with the opportunity to utilize your Japanese skills and communicate with local people of all ages.
Grades 11 – 12: IB Diploma Programme
All Grade 11 and 12 students at ISAK enroll in the world-recognized IB Diploma Programme.
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year program, and in Grade 12, students continue studying the subjects started in Grade 11. IB examinations are held near the end of Grade 12. Please see our IB Diploma Programme page for more information about the IB DP.
Students in the IB Diploma Programme choose six courses (three standard level and three higher level) from six subject groups. One subject must be chosen from each of the first five groups, and the sixth subject can be chosen from Group 6, or a second subject can be chosen from Groups 2, 3 or 4.
Currently, ISAK offers the following IB courses:
(All subjects are offered at both higher level and standard level unless otherwise indicated.)
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
- English A
- Chinese A
- Japanese A
- Spanish A
- School Support Self-Taught (SSST) Languages (SL)
Group 2: Language Acquisition
- English B
- Chinese B
- Japanese B
- Spanish B
- Chinese ab initio (SL)
- Japanese ab initio (SL)
- Spanish ab initio (SL)
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Group 4: Sciences
- Computer Science
Group 5: Mathematics
- Mathematical Studies (SL)
Group 6: The Arts
- Visual Arts
In addition, students taking the IB Diploma Programme enroll in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, complete an Extended Essay and fulfill co-curricular and service activity requirements (Creativity, Activity, Service).