IB Programme (Years 12-13)

The IB Diploma Programme at YCIS Hong Kong offers an excellent international education that helps equip Upper Secondary students to make informed choices and contributions as caring global citizens. Our IB Programme is academically rewarding and prepares students in Years 12–13 (students aged 16–19), for success in university and life in the ever-changing global society.

Holistic Focus
The IB Diploma programme is a holistic programme, and paired with YCIS’s international focus. Upper Secondary students therefore graduate with a keen and progressive global view in comparison to their worldwide peers. In fact, graduates earning the IB Diploma at YCIS receive offers from leading universities throughout the world across a broad range of subjects, including Music, Film, Engineering, Science, Arts, Business Studies, and more. We were delighted to recently announce that 90% of our Class of 2016 students had received multiple offers from the world’s top universities. Our Class of 2016 IB graduates also achieved a 100% pass rate and their average score was 35.4, well above the worldwide average of 30.07.

Chinese Language and Culture Programme
All of our IB Diploma candidates take daily Chinese lessons in addition to their IB elective courses. Our most senior Chinese courses are not only continuously adapted to fit our students’ language level, but also 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.

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is a core component of the IB Diploma programme for our Year 12 and 13 students. The IB Diploma CAS programme aims to help students balance the academic 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.

Years 12–13: Snapshot of a School Day

  • 8.10 a.m.: Students can attend regular assemblies that have a thought for focus.
  • 8.25 a.m.: Students organise their belongings in their lockers, and move to their form rooms (homerooms) to listen to their form teacher’s updates on important daily news and activities
  • 8.40 a.m.: Students take their first lesson, perhaps one of their mandatory subjects  
  • 9.40 a.m.: Students have a chance to relax and catch up with friends during their morning break time. The IB students have their own common and socialising area at the campus, recognising their leadership role and structure of the day
  • 10 a.m.: Students move to their daily Chinese language lessons, arranged by level
  • 10.55 a.m.: Students form their groups for a session with a University Guidance Counsellor or perhaps a Theory of Knowledge lesson
  • 11.50 a.m.: Students enjoy a healthy lunch in their cafeteria with a wide range of hot and cold options
  • 12.45 p.m.: Students participate in a Humanities lesson or other elective subject lessons
  • 1.40 p.m.: Students learn about the fascinating world and concepts of science or other elective subjects
  • 2.35 p.m.: Students may have a private study session where they are welcome to use the library
  • 3.30 p.m.: Students gather their belongings from their lockers and prepare to return home. Most students are busy after school with a wide range of YCIS Co-curricular activities

Preparing for Life after Graduation
Our University Guidance Officers provide invaluable assistance to our IB students, offering counselling and support on an individual and group basis.


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