High School Program (Grade 9 to Grade 12)
High School Graduation Requirements
The AIS high school academic program is credit-based. High school students are expected to complete 4 years of full-time study, taking 7 courses per year. Each individual course requires a minimum of 5 hours per week. AIS does not operate a half-credit program.
|English||4 credits||Physical & Health Education||2 credits|
|Mathematics||4 credits||Visual and Performing Arts||2 credits|
|Science||4 credits||Information Technology||2 credits|
|Humanities||4 credits||Electives||4-5 credits|
|World Languages||2 credits||Total (including electives)||28-29 credits|
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Typically, freshmen (G9) and sophomores (G10) complete foundation courses in the core subject areas together with initial credits in Visual & Performing Arts (VPA), Information Technology (IT), World Languages (FLF/FLM) and Physical & Health Education (PEH). Honors courses for students anticipating Advanced Placement (AP) classes in their senior year are offered in G10 and G11.
Minimum Number of Academic Credits Required for Promotion
|Grade 9||Grade 10||Grade 11|
|5 Credits||11 Credits||18 Credits|
Transfer students at Grade 9, or above, receive one credit toward AIS graduation requirements for each 140 successful hours of academic work at an appropriately recognized educational institution.
College admission data suggests applications to university are enhanced if students complete 3-6 AP course credits in a broad range of subjects. At AIS, a minimum of five (5) Grade 12 or Advance Placement course credits are required for a high school diploma.
In line with our Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs) we expect and require students to undertake community service during their time in AIS and stipulate the completion of a minimum number of community service hours in order to meet our graduation requirements.
Dedicated community service is a graduation requirement for every high school student. The successful completion of these community service hours ensures that during their time as members of our high school, every student will have participated in some form of service activity. However, as a school committed to shaping the hearts and minds of our young men and women, we are seeking much more than that. We believe serving the community, whether it is within our school, the Hong Kong community or globally, is a way students learn to give back.
Through community service opportunities our students will be able to make a positive difference in the lives of others. We also recognize the added value dedicated community service hours can bring to a student’s college application. This is considerable in situations where colleges and universities are seeking students with a strong academic background combined with evidence of a well-rounded education.
Community service hours must be completed with a registered charity or non-for-profit organization, and official letters must be submitted to prove the student’s voluntary work. We have a community service club that generates ideas for projects and activities for students to get involved in within our Hong Kong community. These are often advertised and promoted during school assemblies. Students will also complete a number of community service hours during their High School Outdoor Education and Leadership Program.
|Grade 9||Grade 10||Grade 11||Grade 12|
|10 Hours||10 Hours||20 Hours||20 Hours|