• GEMS (Singapore) 


    Grade 11 to Grade 12

    (Age 16-19)


Preparing students for life, university and career

GEMS (Singapore) offers various graduation pathways designed to suit individual students’ needs and aspirations.

Students entering Grade 11 are given the option of enrolling in the IB Diploma Programme (DP)IB Career-related Programme (CP) or pursuing a High School Diploma. Students pursuing a High School Diploma choose from an extensive range of IB Courses to create their own uniquely challenging programme. 

Students who successfully complete requirements for graduation receive GEMS (Singapore) High School Diploma, which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our High School Diploma is a recognised qualification for many colleges and universities around the world.


Student choice

High School Diploma students have a great deal of flexibility when deciding on their selection of courses.

While students, pursuing the full IB Diploma Programme, undertake six IB Diploma courses at either higher level or standard level, the High School Diploma students can select fewer subjects at a higher level than the three demanded by the IB Diploma. 

In addition, students have an opportunity to choose courses of study that specialise in particular areas of interest.

High School Diploma Students begin accumulating credits in Grade 9 and continue until the end of Grade 12. A minimum of 21 credits, and meeting certain criteria, are required to gain the GEMS (Singapore) High School Diploma.

Each student earning GEMS (Singapore) High School Diploma will have successfully completed 21 academic credits in a series of required courses and electives, based on individual interests and needs. 

Credit requirements


Subject Area
Minimum for a High School Diploma1
Recommended 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 the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


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
  • Students must maintain greater than 85% attendance to earn credit in a class and remain on track to graduate


  • One credit is awarded for every full year course passed in Grades 9 - 12
  • 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


Grade LevelSubjectsMethod of delivery Max student:teacher ratioCourse duration

Grade 11-12

To earn a High School Diploma you need to select:

  • 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.

  • Face-to-face
  • 8:45 am - 3:30 pm


9.3 months




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