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Years 12–13 (Ages 16-19)

As an IB Diploma school in Qingdao, we offer an excellent international education that helps equip Upper Secondary students to make informed choices and contributions as caring global citizens of the world. Our IB Programme is academically challenging and prepares students in Years 12–13 (students aged 16–19), for success in university and life in an ever-changing global society.

Four YCIS Secondary students wear YCIS uniform using computer in the YCIS campus

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.

One YCIS Secondary student drawing a picture

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)

Core component of the IB Diploma curriculum 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.

A YCIS teacher is playing drums in the music classroom

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 Qingdao receive offers from leading universities throughout the world across a broad range of subjects, including music, film, engineering, science, art, business studies, and more.