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The High School at OIS consists of four years of study, 9th through 12th grade, and is designed to prepare students for university.
The High School is organized by grade level and has a maximum capacity of 25 students per class. Every class is taught by high school teachers who have U.S. certifications in their respective subject areas.
At OIS, the core subjects for high school students include English, math, science, social studies, and EV (ethics and values). Other required classes and electives are available in the following areas: physical education, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, and technology. Also, technology is integrated throughout the curriculum.
The chart below provides details about how many credits are needed in each subject area to graduate. To earn a high school diploma, each student must complete a minimum of 24 credits. One credit is awarded for each one year class that is completed. A half credit is awarded for completion of one semester. Also, one online class is required to graduate.
Ethics and Values*
*Students are expected to complete 1 EV course for each year they are enrolled at OIS.
At OIS, observations of student progress occur daily. Teachers monitor student learning in a variety of informal, low-pressure ways throughout each unit. This is important because it allows teachers to quickly realize when students understand and when students are struggling. Consequently, teachers know when to move forward and when to address problems. Being evaluated on a daily basis also helps students to improve their learning by seeing their strengths and weaknesses.
Some examples of informal assessments:
In addition, at the end of a unit or class, teachers evaluate student learning through structured, cumulative assessments such as tests, final essays, and final projects. Standardized testing will also occur throughout the year when students take the MAP test; this assessment will help teachers to monitor students’ progress and track students’ mastery of skills.
At OIS, an Advanced Placement (AP) program is available to provide OIS students with university-level academic courses that give them an advantage when applying to top colleges and universities around the world.
The Advanced Placement (AP) program is the most widely used academic program in the world. AP is operated by The College Board, an organization whose mission is to connect students to university success and opportunity. The College Board also administers the PSAT and SAT programs. AP courses are not mandatory for OIS students. Students in 10th grade through 12th grade are eligible to take AP courses once they have passed pre-requisite courses.
AP Program Benefits
The AP program provides students with university-level academic courses, giving them a head start when entering tertiary education. Students who take AP courses show universities they are serious about their education and are capable of performing well at the university level. AP students refine their critical thinking, time management, and study skills while still in high school. Due to their rigorous nature, AP courses earn higher grade point averages. Additionally, by earning university credits while in high school and skipping introductory courses when starting university, students can easily save money on tuition, study abroad, or double major. Lastly, AP class sizes are typically much smaller than regular courses, allowing students to have more individualized instruction from their specially-trained teachers.
High school is a significant time for exploration and preparation for life beyond. OIS offers Academic Advising and College Counseling to ensure that students experience all high school has to offer.
Academic Advising: The counselor meet with students to plan out their courses of study, assist students who are struggling with issues in the classroom, and help students reach their full potential as learners.
4-year Course Scheduling
Exam Study Sessions
MaiaLearning Future Planning Platform Tools
Study Skills Support
Peer Tutoring Arrangement
College Counseling: The counselor use MaiaLearning to assist students with determining college and career options that are the right fit for each individual student.
Career Focus Activities
Career and Personality Assessments
The SAT is a test that measures the knowledge and skills that students learn in high school and need for academic success in college and university. The SAT is operated by The College Board, an organization whose mission is to connect students to university success and opportunity. The College Board reports that millions of students take the SAT each year since it is a reliable measure of college and career readiness. The SAT consists of four tests, with the SAT Essay being optional. The three tests that everyone must take are the Reading Test, the Writing and Language Test, and the Math Test. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. For more information about the SAT, please refer to The SAT: Student Guide.
OIS counselor assist students in their application to universities around the world. See below for a partial list of universities attended by Oasis International Schools graduates. Click here for a full list.
Other fees would include uniforms (depending on the quantity bought), lunches (depends on if student chooses to eat cafeteria food or chooses to pack their own food), and transportation (depends on location of student housing).