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IB Diploma Programme

Welcome to the IB Diploma Programme web page for SCIS - Hongqiao Campus.


In this section, parents and students can find a variety of information that will allow them to access, plan, and prepare for their IB journey.


Lennox Meldrum, the US Vice Principal (Academic), is also the IBDP Coordinator and works with our talented and dedicated teachers to provide quality guidance for students. Further guidance is provided our College Counsellor, Emily Blalock, our CAS Coordinator, Ian Cole, and the TOK teachers who also serve as academic advisors for our DP students.



International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Subject Information

The following subjects are offered at SCIS, depending on student demand and minimum number requirements. Click on the HL or SL link below beside each subject to view the IB subject brief.

Studies in Language and Literature

  • English A: Literature HL / SL
  • English A: Language and Literature HL / SL
  • Chinese A: Literature HL / SL
  • Korean A: Literature HL / SL
  • School Supported Self-Taught Language A Literature SL

Language Acquisition

  • Mandarin ab initio SL
  • Mandarin B HL / SL
  • French ab initio SL
  • French B HL / SL
  • Spanish ab initio SL
  • Spanish B HL / SL
  • English B HL / SL

Individuals and Societies

  • Business Management HL / SL
  • Economics HL / SL
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL **
  • Global Politics HL / SL
  • History HL / SL
  • Psychology HL / SL


  • Biology HL / SL
  • Chemistry HL / SL
  • Design Technology HL / SL
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL **
  • Physics HL / SL


  • Mathematics HL
  • Mathematics SL
  • Mathematical Studies SL

The Arts

IBDP Core (taken by all students)

** Environmental Systems and Societies can be taken in either group


Grading and Reporting of SCIS IBDP Subjects

All IBDP subjects at SCIS are graded against the IB 1-7 grade descriptors (see file below) and follow IB assessment practicesThe weighting of assessment components and the grade boundaries used for each subject are reviewed annually based on past student performance, feedback from the IB on our grading standards, global feedback from the IB for each subject area, and changes to course and/or cohort structures. For the current academic year, these weightings can be found in the SCIS DP Assessment Overview document on this page. Semester reports provide teacher comments on student performance and suggestions for areas of improvement, along with a semester grade from 1-7. Results for individual assessment items are not recorded on reports but can be accessed by students and parents through the SCIS ManageBac portal.


Awarding of an IB Diploma

The minimum threshold for award of the IB Diploma is 24 points, below which the IB Diploma is not awarded. IB Diploma Programme subjects are graded on a 1-7 scale, totalling 42 points for the six subjects. TOK and the EE are graded A–E, with A being the highest grade. These two grades are then combined in the IB Diploma points matrix to contribute between 0 and 3 points to the total, giving a final total out of 45 points. CAS is not assessed but must be completed in order to pass the diploma.

Other requirements for the award of the IB Diploma are:

  • CAS requirements have been met.
  • There is no “N” awarded for TOK, the EE or for a contributing subject. This is when a student does not complete a required assessment piece - either the internal assessment requirements, a submitted external assessment piece, or fails to sit one of the examinations.
  • There is no grade E awarded for TOK and/or the EE.
  • There is no grade 1 awarded in a subject/level.
  • There are no more than two grade 2s awarded (HL or SL).
  • There are no more than three grade 3s or below awarded (HL or SL).
  • The candidate has gained 12 points or more on HL subjects (for candidates who register for four HL subjects, the three highest grades count).
  • The candidate has gained 9 points or more on SL subjects (candidates who register for two SL subjects must gain at least 5 points at SL).
  • The candidate has not received a penalty for academic misconduct from the Final Award Committee.

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