As our students journey into the final stages of their time with us, we strive to embed core values that they will take with them throughout their lives and into the world. We continue to ensure that each student truly becomes an “Athena Learner” who questions deeply, makes thinking visible, assesses their own learning, applies learning in a range of contexts and uses technology safely, creatively, and imaginatively. These skills will stay with them long after they leave IAS for their next phase of life.
The High School follows the required credit system for all US curriculum schools in Dubai. All students must have a minimum of 22 credits to graduate from high school. For more information about the credit requirement click here. (Embed link to page about credits)
At IAS, we know that high school students are becoming young adults and we create an environment which encourages them to take on leadership roles within the school. Many students are a part of different clubs and activities which include playing in competitive sports, doing charity work, enhancing their language and cultural skills, and participating in student government. These extra-curricular activities allow students a chance to practice applying the many skills they have learned throughout their time at IAS as well as build on them.
In the end, every student will have a high school diploma recognized both in UAE and abroad and any of our graduates will be able to enter universities in the UAE, Europe, the UK, America and elsewhere without problem.
Graduation Requirement by MOE for GCSE/IGCSE (Year 11/Grade 10)
- Students must pass at least 5 subjects with a minimum of E-Grade.
- Compulsory Examinations.
- GCSE/IGCSE Examinations take place at the end of Year 11/Grade 10.
- Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level Exams at the end of Year 12/Grade 11.
- Advanced (A) level Exams at the end of Year 13/Grade 12.
- AS & A Levels (Year 12 & 13/Grade 11 & 12).
- Minimum of 3-4 AS Level subjects and 3 A level subjects required for University entrance.
How does a student achieve the Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma (Equivalency)?
In order to achieve the Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma a student must satisfy the following criteria:
1. Achieve at least 5 GCSEs (at Grade E or above) from the prescribed list of 21 subjects. A student is free to choose other GCSE subjects (not from the specified list) but these will not count towards the Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma.
2. Achieve (again from the specified list of 21 subjects) either
- Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Levels in Year 12 at Grade D or better or;
- Advanced (A) Level in Year 13 at Grade D or better
3. Pass the UAE Ministry of Education Arabic Studies exam in Year 12. This can be taken as either Native Arabic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Arabic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).
4. In addition to the 3 sections above, there is a 4th section which is only applicable to Muslim students:
5. Pass the UAE Ministry of Education Islamic Studies exam in Year 12. This can be taken as either Native Islamic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Islamic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).