Seconday School (MYP/DP) 6th – 12th Grade

Posted on: 23 September 2015 Posted by:


Two middle school aged students reading a book together.
Two middle school aged students taking advantage of our library.

The XIS secondary school program blends rigorous academics with a wide variety of activities, clubs, sports and service opportunities, through which students gain a deeper understanding of the world and develop their unique talents.

In grades 6-10, students study within the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP), which emphasizes conceptual understanding and holistic education. In years 11-12, most students enroll in the IB Diploma Program; we also offer a U.S. High School diploma as an alternative. Our graduates are well prepared for college entrance and have been accepted to more than 100 colleges and universities in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Students are typically engaged in several extra-curricular activities, such as sports teams, Model United Nations, Jazz Band, and Choir, and at our current size of 150 students, secondary school faculty and students work together to maintain a sense that we are a cohesive community of learners.

Middle Years Program (MYP) 6th-10th Grade

The MYP is a course of study designed to meet the educational needs of students aged 11 – 16 years (Grades 6 to 10). It provides a broad, traditional foundation of knowledge. At the same time, students are expected to examine the relationships between subjects. Students question and evaluate information critically, seek out and explore the links between subjects, and develop an awareness of their place in the world. The program focuses on intercultural awareness and communication skills as crucial to every student’s development. XIS was authorized to offer the MYP in 2004.

The MYP also promotes a holistic view of learning. It uses key concepts and global contexts to forge links between the disciplines, so that students see knowledge as an interrelated whole. Their major holistic task in MYP is the Personal Project which is presented in Grade 10 and allows students to investigate a topic of their own choice.

Read more about The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme at this link.

Diploma Program (DP) 11th & 12th Grade

In August 2006, Xiamen International School launched the IB Diploma program and became part of the ever-growing number of schools worldwide who provide this prestigious program to their students. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a rigorous academic, two-year curriculum for students in grades 11 and 12. The general objectives are to provide students with a balanced education and to promote international understanding through a shared academic experience. The IB fulfills university entrance requirements of various national educational systems. For example in 2006, Korean universities, for the first time, have recognized the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

At XIS, students in the 11th grade have to choose 6 subjects from the following list to take at either Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL). Students must choose one course from each group in order to qualify for the full IB diploma. They must take 3 HL and 3 SL. HL classes have more contact time so that students can either work on additional topics and/or study some topics in greater depth. How they will decide is based on the requirements for university courses, their ability in that area, and their interests.

  • Group 1: Language & Literature – English, Chinese, Korean
  • Group 2: Language Acquisition – Chinese
  • Group 3: Business and Management, History, Economics
  • Group 4: Chemistry, Physics, Biology
  • Group 5: Mathematical Studies, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL
  • Group 6: Visual Arts, Music

In addition to choosing the above subjects, students must complete an extended essay, Creativity-Activity-Service program and take a Theory of Knowledge course.

Students who complete all of those requirements are eligible for both an International Baccalaureate Diploma and an XIS diploma. Two other options for students also exist. Students may opt to earn IB certificates in individual courses by completing the course work and taking an external examination. Students who earn these certificates are also eligible for a diploma from XIS. Finally, some students may choose not to enroll in the IB Diploma Program. These students may opt to meet the graduation requirements for XIS and earn our school diploma only.

In general, we strongly advise our 11th grade students to enroll in the most academically rigorous program possible in order to build the most competitive “resume” for university applications and maximize their potential.

Read more about The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme at this link.

XIS Diploma Option

Additionally, students may decide not pursue a full IB diploma and just pursue an XIS diploma. XIS is accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) and thusly, recipients of an XIS diploma may apply to colleges and universities in the United States.