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Upper School

Welcome to the Upper School

The Upper School at NIS is framed by personal excellence and comprises grade levels 10 – 12.
Students in Grade 10 are in their final year of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), yet the transition from MYP to the Diploma Programme (DP) is made smoother by the building of early relationships and connections with the Head of Upper School and other students in the division. Parents and students in Grade 10 are counselled to make informed decisions about subject selection for Grades 11 and 12, taking into consideration students’ future aspirations beyond school.

The Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme (DP) is widely regarded as the most rigorous pre-university curriculum and it is accepted by over 2500 universities worldwide, including leading universities in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States. The DP is a form of excellent preparation for adult life, enabling students to be successful with their university studies and future careers. The programme lasts for two years (Grade 11 and Grade 12) at NIS. At our school, students choosing the DP benefit from a highly experienced international faculty with a wealth of IB Diploma experience, many of members of which are IB examiners.

Paths to Graduation

Our school mission is underpinned by tenets of inclusivity and personal excellence. Whilst in the Upper School the majority of students opt to study the DP, we are proud to offer other routes to graduation for all learners to achieve success. More information about these paths can be found here.

The links below to awards, subjects and curriculum documentation give further insight into the Upper School at NIS. 

Katie Ham

Head of Upper School

Optimal learning – both in and out of the classroom – is created through relationships of trust and opportunities to take risks for personal growth. With this in mind, Katie leads our Upper School, supporting the teaching faculty in navigating students through the rigors of Grades 10, 11 and 12, preparing them for life beyond school. 

Diploma Programme


First page of the PDF file: Awards-at-NIS-


The DP emphasizes transdisciplinary learning and requires students to study courses across six disciplines (three of these at Higher Level and three at Standard Level). In addition to the six subjects, the students must also complete the core requirements for the DP which include: Creativity-Action-Service (CAS) programme, the Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK).

CAS raises students’ awareness of community needs and builds confidence in their ability to bring about change. The EE is a 4,000 word essay on a subject of interest. This provides students with the opportunity to develop skills for in-depth independent research, an essential element of university study. TOK is an interdisciplinary course that challenges students to question the basis of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, and to develop the ability to analyse evidence that is expressed in rational argument.

Grade 10 Overview

First page of the PDF file: GLOSG102019_2020

Parent Access to Teacher Planning and Curriculum Documents

Parent Atlas Login Parents of enrolled students ask your child’s Advisor for the password. Prospective parents contact admissions