Years 12–13 (Ages 16–18) IBDP

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at YCIS Shanghai is designed to meet the needs of our motivated Secondary students between the ages of 16 and 18. Following this rigorous two-year pre-university course of study, a YCIS graduate will have completed this comprehensive programme providing an additional certification that exceeds the requirements of many national education systems around the world, making it the ideal qualification for international students. The International Baccalaureate Organization’s reputation for academic rigour gives IB Diploma and course holders access to the world’s leading universities and the skills required for future success. At YCIS Shanghai, our students consistently score well above worldwide averages.

During the two-year programme, students will follow courses from six subject areas. In addition, all IB Diploma students complete the core requirements of the IB Diploma by studying the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), writing an Extended Essay (EE), and participating in Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) projects. If a student does not participate in the full IB Diploma programme, they have the option of doing IB certificates only, or a school-based modified programme leading to the award of the YCIS High School Diploma.

Two YCIS Shanghai IB students in Chinese lessons

Chinese Language and Culture Studies Programme

All of our IB Diploma candidates take daily Chinese lessons in addition to their IB elective courses. Our Upper Secondary Chinese courses are offered at various levels to cater to students’ language abilities, and provide students with perspectives and class discussions on important global and cultural topics. Our students also participate in a variety of Chinese cultural events throughout the year and are encouraged to make deeper connections within the local community.

YCIS Shanghai students organising MADrun for charity

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is a core component of the IB Diploma Programme for our Years 12 and 13 students.  The IB Diploma CAS component aims to help students balance the rigour of their academic programme and encourages them to engage in experiential learning and reflection. IB Diploma students are expected to extend themselves in meaningful ways through creative endeavours, physical challenges, and service for their communities and beyond.

A girl in YCIS Shanghai Secondary programme playing guitar

Student Wellbeing

As our students proceed in Years 12 and 13, it’s of great importance that they are building the character, values, independence, and skill set needed to prepare them for tertiary education and beyond. Therefore, our IB students develop and reflect on Learner Profile Attributes including being principled, communicative, balanced, and a risk-taker. As a school community we seek to help our students cultivate the academic, personal, social, character, and moral life skills they will need to be successful in their future pursuits. We are also firmly committed to ensuring that our students receive comprehensive wellbeing support.

YCIS Shanghai students caring for elephants on a trip to Thailand

Holistic Focus

The IB Diploma Programme is a holistic programme, and paired with YCIS’s international focus it allows our students graduate with a keen and progressive global view in comparison to their worldwide peers. As a result, graduates earning the IB Diploma at YCIS receive offers from leading universities around the world across a very broad range of subjects, including economics, music, film, engineering, science, art, hospitality management, business studies, and more.

The IB Diploma for Years 12-13 students at YCIS prepares students for acceptance at leading universities around the world. To learn more, please contact our Admissions team.

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