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Secondary School

Transitioning into Knowledge Mastery

Our Secondary School focuses on the unique learning needs and developmental characteristics of adolescents and teenagers. Here they transition from our inquiry-based Primary Years Programme into higher level learning that will support them through diploma study and beyond.

A Look Inside Our Secondary School

Continuity of Learning

"Our innovative and academically challenging International Baccalaureate programmes are the framework for learning at Secondary School."

Grades 6 to 10

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills, achieved through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects. Learn more about our MYP Programme.


Grades 11 to 12

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is one of the most academically demanding two-year curricula in the world, leading to a prestigious qualification that is respected by top universities internationally. Learn more about our DP Programme.

Sara Morrow

Secondary School Principal

Ms. Morrow has over 20 years of experience in education and leadership, having worked in schools in the United States, the Czech Republic, and Thailand. 

A New Way of Teaching and Learning

At the heart of Secondary School is our innovative, award-winning NIS Strategy that puts students at the centre of everything we do: Student Voice and Student Choice and Bursting the Bubble.

21st Century Education in Action

At NIS, we are developing critical thinkers and leaders by involving students in the decisions about teaching and learning.

We support risk-taking and international mindedness by equipping our learners with the skills to thrive outside their comfort zone and connect with nature, people, culture, and places.

Learn More About Our School Strategy

Globally-Recognised NIS Diploma

Our international graduating classes are accepted to top universities around the world each year, including Ivy League schools and many of the Times Higher Education World Top 50 universities.

Our team of professional counselors offer personalised support to find the best-fit university or next step for each individual that offers programs and experiences suited to their goals and passions.

Class of 2023 University Acceptances

Signature Secondary School Courses

Global Citizen Diploma

The Global Citizen Diploma is a validation of activities and experiences that students do in addition to their academics. Students showcase their stories with authentic audiences as GCD highlights the story of learning and growing through a range of lenses. 

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Global Online Academy

Global Online Academy courses are our courses, taught by experienced faculty from renowned peer schools all over the world. This is a new kind of online class in which relationships and connections drive students to share their perspectives and learn from those of others.

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Social and Emotional Learning

We are an inclusive school dedicated to not only providing all our students with the best opportunities to learn academically, but also socially and emotionally.

Our caring teachers and inclusive environment support and foster the development of self-awareness, self-management, and interpersonal skills that are needed for school, career, and life success. NIS offers a unique Advisory and Wellness programmes for our students, as well as world-class Counselling and Learning Support.

Co-Curricular and Language Programmes

Our holistic, student-centred Secondary School supports the pursuit of of our learners' passions with a full range of opportunities in performing arts, athletics, music, and service through our Co-curricular Programmes. We are proud to offer authentic immersion in Chinese culture and the study of Mandarin, as well as many other languages with our comprehensive IB Language Programmes.

Discover China Trips

Our incredible Discover China Week provides all our Secondary students with the opportunity to link classroom learning with real-life situations. It also aims to broaden students’ experiences and knowledge of China, connected to our school Strategy component of “Burst the Bubble.”

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Service Learning

Service is an established part of our IB school curriculum for all grade levels. We believe that involving oneself in and out of school in service activities adds to one's personal excellence and further develops NIS as an inclusive community.

Students in Grade 6 to 10 spend one block every cycle in a bespoke Service class working on projects linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Service groups are encouraged to participate within NIS, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Learn more about our challenging and rewarding MYP and DP programmes below.