The IB Diploma option is the most demanding of the three options in terms of the work required and level of thinking needed.
IB Diploma candidates must take six subjects, one from each of five subject areas, plus a sixth course to be chosen from a range of electives.
Of these six, at least three (but not more than four) must be taken at the Higher Level and the remaining three (or two) at the Standard Level.
Higher Level courses (HL) each meet for a suggested 240 hours over two years, cover content in more detail, and have more demanding requirements than Standard Level (SL) courses.
Standard Level courses each meet for a suggested 150 hours over two years.
An IB Diploma is awarded after successful achievement in the internal assessments, the end-of- course external examinations, and completion of the requirements for Theory Of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay and CAS.
For IB Diploma students, the TOK essay and the Extended Essay are both assessed externally by IB examiners.
IB Diploma option students also qualify for the NISC High School Diploma as long as they meet the graduation requirements.
The IB Diploma programme is a pre-university programme that is recognized by most countries in the world and provides a key for university placement. At some universities in the USA a complete IB Diploma with grades of 6/7 may count for as much as one year of university credit, meaning a student could start University as a second year student. In the UK and Canada, an IB Diploma eliminates the need for a "foundation year". Universities in the US, Canada and the UK are increasingly offering scholarships and bursaries to IB Diploma graduates.
The Diploma Courses Option
Students who sit for DP Courses follow a programme in which they do not take the minimum requirement of three subjects at HL, and/or they do not sit six subject exams.
Achievement in their chosen subjects will be assessed in the same way as for the IB Diploma students, through a combination of internally and externally assessed work and examinations leading to NISC grades and IB validated course results.
Students can construct a course that allows them to graduate with the NISC High School Diploma and which is relevant to their chosen university or college aspirations.
Students need to select up to six subjects, one from each of the five subject areas and one from the electives group, as described above.
Fewer than six subjects can be selected as long as requirements are met for the NISC High School Diploma and permission has been given by parents and Principal.
DP Courses students are required to participate in TOK. They must also demonstrate that they have met the eight learning objectives of CAS. They are not required to carry out an Extended Essay, but may choose to do so for credit.
NISC High School Diploma Option
In the exceptional case where a student is unable, for whatever reason, to take examinations and DP Courses, the school will develop a programme of study that will include that student in IB classes. The student will gain a NISC Diploma if they meet the NISC graduation requirements."
Students who undertake the IB Diploma or DP Courses and have met the graduation requirements, will automatically receive the NISC High School Diploma.
Selecting the Graduation Options and Subjects
It is important that the graduation option chosen and the combination of subjects selected are appropriate for that student's ability and interests, as well as their university and career aspirations. It is also important that the combination of subjects is possible within the limitations of the timetable (and regulations of the IB in the case of IB Diploma option students).
Students will be counseled by the subject teachers, Diploma Coordinator, Principal and College Counselor in subject/option selections. The provisional student subject/option choices will only be confirmed once the parent has seen and agreed to the course of study. Parental support is a very important factor in promoting student success, and parents are encouraged to help students consider their options.