Students in Grades 11 & 12 who undertake the IB Diploma Courses, instead of the full IB Diploma Programme will graduate with a GEMS (Singapore) High School Diploma that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

With the GEMS (Singapore) High School Diploma and additional American standardised testing (SAT & ACT admissions tests) students can gain admission to most English speaking university programmes around the world.

More flexibility

While students pursuing the IB Diploma undertake six IB Diploma courses at either Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL), the High School Diploma students have more flexibility in the subject areas and level they wish to pursue. Students can take five subjects at Standard Level and one Higher Level subject. In addition, all High School Diploma students are required to take English A or B to meet our graduation requirements. 

Subject AreaMinimum for a High School Diploma 1Recommended for many US Universities
English 4 4
World Language 2 4
Individuals and Society 2 4
Sciences 2 4
Mathematics 2 4
Electives (other courses) 9 10
Total 21 26
1 GEMS (Singapore) High School Diploma is accredited by WASC
  • One credit is awarded for every full year course passed in Grades 9 - 12
  • In order to gain credit for a subject, students must attend at least 85% of classes
  • Achieve a minimum Level 1 for their Semester grade
  • Credit is awarded per Semester at a rate of 0.5 credits per subject per Semester
  • The maximum transfer credit that may be awarded is equal to 4 credits per Semester

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) or Personal & Professional Skills Course
  • Complete an Extended Essay or Reflective Project
  • Fulfil the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requirements in Grades 11-12


  • Either IB English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English B
  • Five additional courses to fulfil the GEMS (Singapore) graduation requirements
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) or/either Personal & Professional Skills Course

The subjects you choose can be at Higher or Standard Level.

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