Grade 9 is the beginning of the four-year cycle that leads to our external university entrance qualifications, the ISF High School Diploma, and graduation in G12.
ISF is unique among schools in Germany in that we offer students the choice between of two globally-recognized external exam programs.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, one of the most widely-recognized university entrance qualifications in the world, can be taken by ISF students in grades 11 and 12. In Germany, the IB Diploma is recognized as the equivalent to the German "Abitur."
Advanced Placement (AP®)
The Advanced Placement (AP®) program is a second option available to ISF students. The AP® is offered by The College Board in the U.S. and is taken by almost 2.5 million students worldwide. AP® exams fulfill entrance requirements at universities in the U.S., Germany, and worldwide.
U. S. High School Diploma
ISF is accredited by: Accreditation International, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the National Council for Private Schools Association (NCPSA). ISF is also a U.S. State Department-approved school, which means that the ISF High School Diploma is recognized by colleges and universities in the U.S. as well as other countries worldwide.
The High School Curriculum
The High School (grades 9-12) curriculum at ISF covers a broad range of subjects. Some of the most distinctive features include:
In Grades 9-12, the English program focuses on preparation for the IGCSE in First or Second Language and Literature, AP® English Literature, and the IB Diploma in English Language and Literature as well as English as a Foreign Language.
Math in the High School is taught as an integrated discipline, allowing for fluidity across boundaries between different branches of math. In Grade 9, the study of algebra and computing is continued along with the study of geometry. From grades 10-12, ISF students continue on one of two tracks: Math for Arts or Math for Science — both leading to high level qualifications upon completion.
ISF requires the study of German either for native speakers or as a foreign language for all its students from Kindergarten to Grade 10. In a language program designed to mirror that of the state of Hesse, the German program at ISF focuses on writing, reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary at both native and foreign levels. The native-speaker German course integrates the study of classical German literature starting in Grade 7 and continuing up to Grade 12. In grades 11 and 12, students at the German native-speaker level may follow a native language German course in language and literature. Non-native speakers may take foreign language German courses at the IGCSE level followed by an AP® German course or an IB German foreign language course.
Science in Grade 9 allows ISF students to take modules in biology, chemistry, and physics as separate sciences. In grades 10-12, ISF offers a three-track science curriculum in biology, chemistry, and physics using the school's modern laboratory facilities. Students may take IGCSE, AP®, and IB Diploma exams in the sciences in grades 11 and 12.
In grades 9-12, the social science curriculum focuses on the study of history, which allows students to learn about the history of the 20th century and a variety of specialist topics therein. Students gain knowledge and understanding of these time periods through the texts used. Project work in each term allows the students to further explore areas of special interest. Additionally, local German content in history, politics, and institutions is integrated into German lessons. In grades 10-12, we offer a three-track social science curriculum consisting of history, geography, and economics leading to IGCSE, AP®, and IB Diploma exams.
Beginning in Grade 6, students choose between French or Spanish as their third language. These courses maintain the focus of other language (English/German) classes at ISF. IGCSE exams in these third languages are taken after four years of study, with AP®, or IB Diploma exams to follow. Native Korean language classes are available to students from from Grades 1 to 12, and native Japanese classes are available from grades 9 to 12.
Art, Music, Computing, and P.E.
Art, music (vocal and instrumental), computing, and P.E. complete the academic program in the High School at ISF. These courses are required in Grade 9 and expose the students to the liberal arts, giving them a broad base of subjects to choose from in grades 10-12. IGCSE, AP®, and IB Diploma exams are available in art, music, and computing in grades 10-12.