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High School, Grades 9–12

UWCSEA offers an academically challenging and personally enriching High School education to students in Grades 9 to 12. As our students will tell you, UWCSEA is a great place to spend your High School years in a dynamic global environment.

There are three curriculum offerings in the High School; the curriculum stream a student joins depends on the age at which they join the College:

  • students commencing in Grade 9 (at age 14) are enrolled in the (I)GCSE, a two-year programme culminating in external examinations at the end of Grade 10
  • students joining in Grade 10 (at age 15) undertake the College's robust IB preparation course, the Foundation IB (FIB), designed to equip students with a firm foundation of knowledge and skills from which to begin the IB Diploma Programme. The one-year course culminates in internal examinations
  • for students joining in Grade 11 (at age 16), the two-year IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is offered. The two-year course ends in external examinations; graduates are also awarded a UWCSEA Diploma

One key quality in all our High School students is their positive approach to learning. Central to the College’s values is the view that effort and commitment are vital qualities if a student is to be happy and successful. Students in the (I)GCSE and FIB programmes are expected to maintain strong effort profiles and be actively and positively engaged in the classroom and in school life. We encourage our students to be self-disciplined and considerate of others.

During the final two years at the College, the vast majority of students in Grades 11 and 12 prepare for the highly rigorous IB Diploma, an internationally recognised pre-university qualification. Despite the high academic demands of the programme, students are enrolled on the basis of much more than their academic profile. Commitment to service, a willingness to involve themselves in the many opportunities offered by the College and a belief that action and service can make a positive impact are equally important. Our staff help students in numerous ways. Some specialise in specific academic areas, such as examinations and university applications, others assist with the Extended Essay, while Heads of Grade oversee the students' whole school experience.

A small number of students for whom the full IBDP is not suitable study for a reduced range of IB Diploma Programme courses, which may be accepted for admission to some university degree programmes.