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

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

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

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. 

The minimum credits must be earned as follows:

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


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