OFS High School Diploma
OFS High School Diploma

All students who completed grade 12 and earn the minimum credits will graduate with the award of OFS High School Diploma.

This diploma program is accredited by an outside body, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is recognised around the world.

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Graduation Requirements

Four years (8 semesters) of High School attendance are normally needed with a minimum of 22 credits earned in Grades 9-12 to gain the OFS Diploma. One credit is awarded for successful completion of a full-year course.

90% attendance is also required in each course.

Graduation is allowed only in Grade 12.

The minimum 22 credits must be earned as follows:

OFS Courses
Credits
English
4 credits
Mathematics
3 credits
Humanities
3 credits
Science
2 credits
Languages
2 credits
Computer Studies or Arts
1 credit
Physical Education/Health
2 credits
Electives
5 credits
Total
22 credits
Students should check with the Academic Advisors for details of university entrance requirements in the country where they intend to apply.

Transfer of Credit

If a student already began his/her High School education elsewhere he/she may apply to transfer up to a maximum of 7.5 credits per year when he/she joins Overseas Family School.

Such transfer of credits is at the discretion of the Principal in consultation with the parents.

OFS High School Diploma vs. IB Diploma

OFS High School Diploma (U.S. Accreditation)

The High School Diploma requires the following elements:

  • 8 Semesters of High School
  • A good attendance record (90% attendance in each class, each semester)
  • 22 credits (1 credit per year of class for all subjects except PE)
    • 4 English Credits
    • 3 Humanities Credits
    • 3 Mathematics Credits
    • 2 Science Credits
    • 2 Language Credits
    • 2 PE Credits (4 years of PE)
    • 1 Arts or Technology Credit
    The remaining credits can come from any subject area.

Advantages: more flexible; a schedule can be created that is very rigorous or that is less demanding.

Disdvantages: not as familiar to university systems outside of North America; most universities would require students to supplement the High School Diploma with tests, most commonly the SAT/ACT.

IB Diploma

The IB Diploma requires 6 academic subjects, five of which must come from the following areas:

  1. Studies in Language and Literature (1st Language)
  2. Language Acquisition (2nd Language)
  3. Individuals and Societies (Humanities)
  4. Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. The 6th subject is either Arts or is a 2nd subject from groups 1-4 above

The IB Diploma also has the following compulsory elements:

  • 3 Subjects must be at Higher Level (HL)
  • 3 Subjects must be at Standard Level (SL)
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Extended Essay (EE)
  • Creativity, Activity, & Service (CAS)

After the add/drop period there can be no changes in the subject matter of the program.

Advantages: rigorous, recognised as a highly academic and demanding program, which would be looked for by competitive universities; recognised by university systems worldwide.

Disdvantages: comparatively inflexible, very demanding of time, effort, academic ability, and of organisation skills; demands that a student cope reasonably well with a broad range of subject areas.

Learn more about IB Diploma