High school students choose between the American High School Diploma Program and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Both diploma programs provide a strong foundation for admission to colleges and universities worldwide. Each student is challenged by a rigorous course of study that promotes a mastery of essential skills and concepts in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and a second world language, complemented by engaging and invigorating courses in the arts, physical education, and information technology as well as a wide range of co- and extra-curricular activities. Courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, arts, technology and physical education are required for graduation.
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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) DIPLOMA PROGRAM
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is widely regarded as one of the best pre-university programs in the world. Entry into the IB program at is selective, not to deny a student the opportunity to pursue such a highly rigorous curriculum, but to ensure that he or she can successfully complete it. To receive an IB diploma, a student must earn a minimum of 24 points in six (6) subject courses, pass the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) core subject, write a 4,000 word research paper for the Extended Essay (EE) core, and complete at least 150 hours of project-based activities for Creativity, Action, and Services (CAS) program.
Through its balanced, “whole-student,” approach, the IB diploma program helps students sharpen the academic and life skills that contribute to their successful negotiation of the technologically-driven, globally-integrated, and information-rich world of the 21st century.
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ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) PROGRAM
AP courses offer flexible options for high school students to experience the rigor and challenge of college or university courses. Students who earn a score of 3 or higher (5 is highest) on AP exams may receive university credit for work completed in high school. Students taking AP exams are also more competitive in the university admissions process. ΛIS is one of the very few schools in all of Vietnam that both offers authorized AP courses and serves as an AP testing location.
AP exam scores are also recognized by universities outside the U.S. in more than 55 countries for the admission process and/or for credit and advanced placement.
Students may choose to earn an Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) by completing APID requirements or receive credits towards ΛIS High School Diploma by completing selected AP courses.
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