The High School Program consists of grades 9 through 12. The program is designed to prepare students for successful entrance into colleges and universities in North America, Europe, and East Asia. Core classes in language arts, mathematics, the sciences, and social studies are based upon the U.S. Common Core, College Board, and Advanced Placement (AP) standards. The QISS core curriculum is augmented by a broad slate of elective classes allowing students to concentrate their efforts on the AP, the Arts, Chinese, or digital publications. Students may also opt to pursue a wide sampling of electives from different disciplines.
Current AP Courses at QISS
AP Calculus (AB)
AP Calculus (BC)
AP Chinese Language and Culture
AP Comparative Government
AP English Language and Composition
AP Human Geography
AP Micro Economics
AP Macro Economics
AP Studio Art
AP World History
The Middle School Program consists of grades 6 through 8. The program is based on a vigorous and well-rounded curriculum that provides students the opportunity to experience a panoply of age appropriate courses related to language, science, mathematics, technology, physical education and the arts. Classes are taught using an inquiry-based approach that lends itself to inter-disciplinary projects and are assessed through performance-based authentic assessments or Key Assignments.
Students take a pre-set program of classes that includes Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Chinese, Physical Education, Visual Art, Music, Drama, Informational Technology, Health and Communication Skills.
The learning experience at QISS is designed as a continuous journey of self-development from Pre-K through Grade 5. We believe that every year spent at QISS is a unique opportunity for students to engage with a coherent inquiry focused curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and tailored to our students’ individual learning needs.
During their time in Lower School, students will:
interact in a range of educational settings, working individually and in groups
learn to explore the world with curiosity, asking questions and developing skills in problem solving and interpretation
continue to develop a range of social skills, in and outside the classroom
enjoy a range of extracurricular opportunities
continue to develop the various literacies (reading, writing, mathematical) that will be key to all future learning
learn and develop language skills in English and Mandarin
practice written and oral skills through authentic instruction and performance-based formative assessments (Key Assignments)