The High School Program at ISF aims to develop the whole child, while also preparing students for academic success in universities around the world. In our Pre-IB Programme, in grades 9 and 10, students take a range of courses: English, Italian, Mathematics, History, Information and Communications Technology, Physical Education and Health, and three pure sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in rotation. There is a choice of studying a third language, either French or Spanish, or taking Art and Music. An important part of High School life is our Pre-CAS program, where we introduce students to community service through projects both in and outside school. Students take part in thematically focused assemblies on a variety of life topics. In grades 11 and 12 students study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a rigorous academic program which prepares them for further study at university.
IB Diploma Programme at ISF
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a demanding and rigorous two-year program leading to examinations for the academically motivated student in Grades 11 and 12. In 1984, ISF became the 308th school to offer the IBDP and since that time nearly 2,600 schools in over 140 countries have adopted it.
The IBDP is designed to facilitate admission to universities worldwide and earning an IB Diploma is usually the only path to European universities available to international students. For students applying to American universities, enrolling in IBDP courses can enhance university acceptance, while earning the Diploma may lead to university course credit and/or advanced placement.
It should be noted that all courses in 11th and 12th Grade at ISF are IB Diploma classes, although students are not obliged to pursue an IB Diploma. Students may choose to sit for individual examinations in order to earn subject certificates rather than the full Diploma.