Senior School: Years 11 & 12
Senior School at the International School of Western Australia comes with additional independence, responsibility, and choice.
As leaders of the school, our Year 11 and 12 students participate in our School Leadership Programme. They are also heavily involved in Service Learning, and in helping to shape our positive and inclusive student community.
A Choice of Academic Pathways
The International School of Western Australia offers a academically rigorous education. In Years 11 and 12, this includes the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) and the Advanced Placement Programme (AP).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The Diploma Programme in Years 11 and 12 is a two-year course of study that gives students access to all major universities in the world.
It combines a rigorous academic programme with a focus on developing attributes and skills beyond academic study, including a community service component.
Our school has a non-restrictive entry policy for all courses, although some individual subjects (e.g. languages) may have prerequisites.
We also offer the IB Certificate Programme and the High School Diploma Programme in Years 11 and 12.
Each school week students following the IB Diploma Programme study 5 periods of each of their chosen subjects, 2 periods of TOK each week, and an extra period of TOK alternating with CAS on a weekly basis. All students also have 5 periods of Study Hall.
Advanced Placement Programme
AP courses, administered through the U.S. College Board, are challenging one-year senior level courses that are valued highly at the tertiary level, particularly in the U.S.
Taking AP courses and exams can improve a student’s chances of getting into American colleges and can also help students reduce college costs.
AP courses on a school transcript show colleges that a student is capable of learning the knowledge and skills expected of college students, while AP exam scores provide colleges and universities with additional information about a student’s ability to succeed in college-level study.
As with the IB’s Diploma Programme, taking AP courses can also increase eligibility for scholarships.
Many students choose to take two or three AP courses in Year 11, and another two or three in Year 12. AP students have 5 periods of all chosen subjects. AP students may also complete any IB class, either as a regular High School Class (IB SL) or as an Honours Class (IB HL).
Combining both Academic Pathways
While the full Diploma Programme requires students to take six subjects plus the three core elements Theory of Knowledge, CAS, and the Extended Essay, it is also possible for students to take one or more DP courses in combination with the AP (Advanced Placement).
Course outlines, with information regarding assessments and homework requirements, are distributed for each subject at the beginning of the academic year.