High School Diploma
High School Diploma
A high school diploma is an accredited academic award in recognition of a student’s satisfactory completion of the courses undertaken in Years 10 to 13 (final four academic years in secondary school). All students who achieve the minimum credit requirements will be awarded a High School Diploma in addition to IGCSE and IB qualifications. This will be awarded at the final Year 13 Graduation ceremony.
STUDENT CHOICE, STUDENT VOICE
The Uplands High School Diploma is a flexible study package in Years 10 to 13 that is tailored to suit an individual’s needs and consists of subjects selected from IGCSE course offerings, and groups one to six in the IB Diploma framework. It may also include Special Elective courses, eg accredited online courses or school designed programs, may also be possible after discussion with the Head of Secondary and the agreement of teaching departments and supervisors.
The Uplands High School Diploma was introduced to Uplands in August 2019 to complement our IGCSE and IBDP programmes. It is the recommended minimum graduation qualification for all students entering Year 10. All Year 10 students are encouraged to begin their program with the intention of meeting the minimum requirements for the HS Diploma. The Uplands High School Diploma will be offered as an optional pathway for all students in Year 11, 12, and 13 as well.
The Uplands High School Diploma is intended for students who:
High School Diploma students have a great deal of flexibility when deciding on the high school diploma programme.
High School Diploma students must achieve 24 credits in order to obtain their Diploma. Students should aim to follow the most rigorous programme that they are capable of and it is expected that most Uplands students will graduate with well in excess of this requirement. Each year long course receiving a passing grade in Years 10 through to 13 will be recorded on the official Uplands transcript as 1 credit. The minimum credit that may be awarded is 0.5 – equivalent to Term 1 or Term 2 & 3. Students continuing into further or higher education may be required to produce this document for entry into colleges and universities.
Students transferring to Uplands mid-way through Year 10 or later may receive credit for equivalent courses at other schools or have certain requirements waived with the approval of the Head of Secondary.
To receive an Uplands High School Diploma, a minimum of 24 credits must be earned over Years 10-13. Year 10 students are expected to take one subject from each subject area in order to ensure that a full and appropriate academic track can be completed (minimum 8 subjects).
Uplands IGCSE and IB subjects taken at High School level – assessment may be determined through a modified rubric. All IGCSE and IB subjects taken at the High School level will be identified on the transcript with the initials HS as part of the subject name eg. HS Literature