Learning@ISB



Registration for classes is an annual responsibility that commits students to a schedule of classes for an entire year. Students may take two departmental offerings concurrently with the approval of counselors. However, students who have not completed the EAL program requirements may not enroll in two English classes concurrently. Current teachers will recommend students for IB courses and other course placement (see course prerequisites). Students wishing to take a course for which they have not been recommended should see their counselor.

Independent Study

The requirements for independent study or a correspondence course are:

  • An independent study may not replace a core graduation requirement.
  • A proposal must be made to the counselor that includes time requirements, curriculum outline, supervisor, and assessment format of the course in question
  • No course will be accepted for credit that is already offered by ISB.
  • No credit will be accepted from an unaccredited school.

Approval by the HS Principal on the recommendation of the counselor is required for this course.


Online Learning

ISB is offering students in grades 11 & 12 the opportunity to be learn an IB Course through an on-line learning environment. IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) standard and higher level will be offered through Pamoja Education (http://www.pamojaeducation.com) who are a successful
on-line learning provider for the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Students who select to take these courses must demonstrate the capacity to:

  • Self-motivated and well-structured in their approach to learning.
  • Independent learner.
  • Reasonably strong oral and written communication skills in the English language.
  • Tech-friendly (though not necessarily experienced in online learning or Web 2.0 tools).
  • High level of interest in the course.

There are two online learning opportunities offered at ISB in the courses of Sound Engineering Design and Advanced Photography. Both have proven strong choices for students who are independent and have a passion in these areas.


Summer School

ISB is offering students in grades 11 & 12 the opportunity to be learn an IB Course through an on-line learning environment. IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) standard and higher level will be offered through Pamoja Education (http://www.pamojaeducation.com) who are a successful
on-line learning provider for the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Students who select to take these courses must demonstrate the capacity to:

  1. Remediation: defined as replacing an “F” grade from the previous year. All remediation grades are calculated into the GPA
  2. Enrichment: defined as enrolling into a course for the purpose of improving skills and concepts. Credit may be received but grades will not be calculated into a student’s GPA

Students who are interested in attending summer school for credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have completed two semesters of high school.
  • Must obtain prior approval from counselor.
  • May not receive more than half credit in any curricular area.
  • Summer school credit is generally granted as elective credit only.
  • Credit may be given for remediation of a failed required course.
    • A course may be taken for remediation of an “F” grade received in the previous year.
    • 0.5 credit may be earned upon successful completion of the summer school course.
    • Remediation grades will replace an “F” grade and will be calculated into the GPA
    • The original grade will remain on the transcript but will not be calculated into the GPA

As the “gatekeepers” of all student transcripts, counselors will be responsible for informing the PowerSchool office if a student’s course is considered remediation or enrichment and if the grade is to be calculated into the GPA or not. This information is to be communicated no later than October 1st of the semester following the summer school course.


Required Courses by Grade

Grade 9 (Freshmen)

English 9 (1.0 credit)
World Studies 9 (1.0 credit)
Science (at least 1.0 credit), Chemistry I (Semester I)
Mathematics (at least 1.0 credit)
Physical Education (1.0)
2 Electives (2)
Freshman Seminar (Semester 1 only)
Global Citizenship Week
Community Service

Grade 10 (Sophomore)

English 10 (1.0 credit)
World Studies 10 10 (1.0 credit)
Science (at least 1.0 credit)
Mathematics (at least 1.0)
Health (0.5)
Physical Education Elective (0.5 credit)
2 Electives (2.0 credits)
Global Citizenship Week
Community Service

Grades 11 or 12

Theory of Knowledge (1.0 credit)
OR
Ways of Knowing & Thailand & Southeast Asia (1.0 credit)

Grade 11 (Juniors)

English (1.0 credit)
Electives (balance of req’d courses)
Global Citizenship Week
Community Service and Physical Activity Requirement (PAR)

Grade 12 (Seniors)

English (1.0 credit)
Electives (balance of req’d courses)
Global Citizenship Week
Community Service and Physical Activity Requirement (PAR)

Notes:

  1. Students must be in attendance at ISB for two consecutive semesters prior to receiving an ISB diploma.
  2. Fine & Performing Art credit requirements (1.0) may be completed at any time during the 4 years.
  3. World Language credit requirements (2.0) may be completed at any time during the 4 years. It is strongly recommended that students consider learning the same language to meet this 2.0 credit requirement.
  4. Students are required to enroll in at least seven classes each semester in Grades 9 & 10 and at least six classes in Grades 11 & 12.
  5. Students are required to participate in the Global Citizenship Week Program during each year of attendance.
  6. The Thai Ministry of Education requires all Thai nationals to enroll in Thai language classes each year they attend ISB. IB diploma students must enroll in the Thai diploma class if not taking IB Thai A Language & Literature during grades
    11 & 12.
  7. Students should make every effort to complete ToK or Ways of Knowing & Thailand South East Asia by the conclusion of the first semester in Grade 12.

Changing courses

Students may drop or add courses during the first 8 school days of each semester. Details can be found in the Student Handbook and Counselors are available for consultation.

Four Year Study Plan

To help students prepare a smooth and connected progression through high school, the ISB counselors use a Four Year Plan. This blank plan shown below is a good way to look ahead and set goals for academic success. Counselors review these plans every semester with students and it is recommended that parents consider these considerations when guiding their children in making informed decisions about courses for the next and subsequent years.

Planning documents to help you to plan your study program each year to ensure you will meet the ISB graduation requirements can be found on the main High School page.