High School in BIS runs from age 14 in IGCSE1 (Grade 9) to age 18 in DP2 (Grade 12) with around 80 students in total and a very full programme of sports, community service and extra-curricular activities to complement the academic curriculum.
For students age 14-16 (Grade 9 & 10) we offer the accredited Cambridge IGCSE programme as a strong basis to enter the IB Diploma Programme. For students age 16-18 (Grade 11 & 12) we offer the to provide entry into many universities worldwide.
BIS is also accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Council for International Schools, providing international accreditation of our High School Diploma, and by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, to provide national school completion certificates following state examination in Grade 11.
Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 30 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.
BIS offers IGCSEs as a proven basis to enter the IB Diploma Programme, giving students the experience of a clear curriculum and externally assessed examination. Our students normally take between 7 and 9 IGCSE Courses, with courses offered in the following subjects:
- International Mathematics
- Additional Mathematics
- Coordinated Sciences
- Computer Science
- English First Language
- Russian First Language
- Spanish Foreign Language
- French Foreign Language
- German Foreign Language
- Mandarin Foreign Language
- Business Studies
- Art & Design
- and additional subjects offered as required for student needs.
IB Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education that addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and is respected by universities across the globe. Students in the DP develop as independent and lifelong learners. The interdisciplinary and inquiry-based nature of the programme encourage students to recognise relationships between school subjects and the world outside and combine relevant knowledge, and practical and social intelligence to solve problems.
Students normally take six IB Diploma Courses from six different subject groups, though they may take an additional subject from one of the first four subject groups instead of one of the ‘Arts’ subjects. All full Diploma students also take the three core subjects: ‘Theory of Knowledge’; ‘Extended Essay’; and ‘Creativity, Activity and Service’.
The IB Diploma course options at BIS are:
Group 1: Studies in Language & Literature
- English A Language & Literature (SL & HL)
- Russian A Language & Literature (SL & HL)
Group 2: Language Acquisition
- English B (SL & HL)
- Russian B (SL & HL)
- French B (SL & HL)
- Spanish B (SL & HL)
- German B (SL & HL)
- Russian ab initio (SL)
- French ab initio (SL)
- Spanish ab initio (SL)
- German ab initio (SL)
Group 3: Individuals & Societies
- Geography (SL & HL)
- History (SL & HL)
- Economics (SL & HL)
Group 4: Sciences
- Biology (SL & HL)
- Physics (SL & HL)
- Chemistry (SL & HL)
- Computer Science (SL & HL)
Group 5: Mathematics
- Math: Applications and Interpretations (SL & HL)
- Math: Analysis and Approaches (SL & HL)
Group 6: The Arts
- Visual Arts (SL & HL)
- Music (SL & HL)
Options are also available for self-study Language A and for online courses with Pamoja Education.
High School Diploma
BIS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Council for International Schools, providing international accreditation of our High School Diploma to the same standard as that required for schools in the US.
The minimum standards that must be met to be awarded a BIS High School Diploma are available here.
Kyrgyz National School Completion Certificate
Students who complete all subjects required in the national curriculum, including Kyrgyz Language, Russian Language and Kyrgyz Geography and History, take state examinations in Grade 9 and Grade 11 at BIS and achieve the state school completion certificate when they pass all subjects.