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Pre-IB Grades 9 and 10

High School Classes for grade 9 and 10 students at HIS prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. High School courses are the beginning of the required credits toward graduation with an HIS diploma.

Design Week Projects

Click the photo below to enter the photo gallery for the HIS High School Design Week. See the process and projects that students have been working on over the course of the week program.

Design 1

Student Schedules

Students take a course load of 8 classes in an A-day, B-day schedule. The students follow a prescribed core course program as indicated below, but then are able to choose from several elective courses based on preference and pathways toward the IB Diploma Programme.

Core Courses

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education and Health

Elective Courses

World Languages

  • Mandarin (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Native)
  • French (Novice, Intermediate)
  • Spanish (Novice, Intermediate)

Arts - Fine or Performing

  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Music -- Instrumental Music / Advanced Instrumental


  • Design
  • Graphic Design for Publication

Credits required for graduation from HIS

  • English / Language Arts: 4 credits
  • Mathematics: 3 credits
  • Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Sciences: 3 credits
  • Foreign Languages: 3 credits
  • Physical Education / Health: 2 credits
  • Fine/Performing Arts: 2 credits
  • Electives: 5 credits
  • Completion of TOK / CAS / EE for HIS credit
  • Total: 25 credits


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