High School (Grade 9 - 12)

High School is about preparing for life's possibilities. All of them. Even the ones that haven't been imagined yet. It's a place where students who are given enough self-direction, mentorship, trust and responsibility will experience their own personal excellence and learn to give it away. We assure you that pathways offered by both the IB and AP programs as well as by service, the arts and co-curricular adventures give JIS students exceptional choices for further learning worldwide. There's more, too. Here are the details we'd love to convey to the teen in your life.

The needs of JIS as an institution and the needs of the JIS population dictate that an externally validated, pre-university program is a requisite at the high school level.

  • All students should be advised of the nature of the IB and AP programs and the extent to which they can be of advantage to them.
  • All students should be allowed the opportunity, and encouraged to pursue the IB diploma program; IB certificate course/s and/or AP course/s. 



The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is a two-year pre-university course leading either to the IB Diploma or to separate IB subject certificates, depending on the student's plans for further education. A highly respected academic program, the IB is recognized by colleges and universities in countries on six continents. Students who complete the IB Diploma (and/or certificates) and wish to pursue higher education in the U.S. are granted advanced placement and/or university credit by a growing number of colleges and universities. All IB Diploma students are expected to be working towards JIS graduation requirements.

Diploma Requirements

To secure the IB Diploma, six major areas of study must be completed successfully. In addition, students must also study Theory of Knowledge (a course that unifies and inter-relates the other areas of study) submit an Extended Essay (a substantial piece of independent research of up to 4,000 words) and participate in the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) Program. 

IB Exams

Performance in the IB is assessed through a variety of methods. These include both internal assessment of coursework by teachers and by external assessment, typically involving written examinations at the end of the academic year in May.Success in the IB exams may qualify a student for either direct entry into a three-year university program, or for advanced placement/credit at a four-year institution. Students are responsible for exam registration and assume the full cost of the IB examinations.



The College Board's Advanced Placement (AP®) is a rigorous academic program which allows willing and academically prepared high school students to study and learn at the college level. Each AP course is modeled on a comparable college course, and college and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses align with college-level standards.

AP Exams

AP courses culminate in a suite of college-level assessments developed and scored by college and university faculty as well as experienced AP teachers. AP Exams are an essential part of the AP experience, enabling students to demonstrate their mastery of college-level course work.

Strong performance on AP Exams is rewarded by colleges and universities worldwide. AP is recognized by more than 600 universities in more than 55 countries outside the United States, and more than 90 percent of four-year colleges and universities in the United States grant students credit, placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores.

AP exams typically taken by students at JIS are as follows:

  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics B
  • Physics C – Mechanics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • United States History