Academics - Graduation Policy

Policy statement

Graduation at A-JIS is always an inspiring experience, capping off years of hard work, memories, and successes.

Graduation at A-JIS is always an inspiring experience, capping off years of hard work, memories, and successes.

In order to meet graduation requirements and be awarded an Aoba-Japan International School (A-JIS) Diploma students must earn a minimum of 26.5 credits. These must include 23.5 credits for required courses, a minimum of 3 elective credits, and a community service requirement. The graduation policy stands regardless of any external exam take.

Authority

The school is authorized to deliver a high school diploma on the authority of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Policy in full

In order to meet graduation requirements and be awarded an Aoba-Japan International School (A-JIS) Diploma students must earn a minimum of 26.5 credits. One (1) credit is awarded for a course which receives a passing grade and which meets four or more times a week for a full year of study. These must include 23.5 credits for required courses, a minimum of 3 elective credits, and a community service requirement. 26.5 credits must be earned over grades 9-12 and distributed as follows. The graduation policy stands regardless of any external exam take.

Required Courses

Credits must be earned in the following subject areas or courses:

  1. Four courses in English
  2. Four courses in a foreign language
  3. Three courses in mathematics
  4. Three courses in science
  5. Three courses in social studies
  6. Two courses in visual or performing arts
  7. Two courses in humanities
  8. Two courses in physical education
  9. One semester course in health
  10. * 2015-2016 One course in Theory of Knowledge in lieu of one humanities course.
  11. Three elective courses

Graduation from High School requires a total of 26.5 credits.

In the 2015-2016 school year, students must:

  • Complete 60 hours of community service over four years.
  • Show a sustained commitment to community service over grades 11 and 12.
  • Complete a 4,000-word Senior Research Paper (on an academic topic of the student’s choice) by the end of the 1st semester of grade 12. The IBDP Extended Essay satisfies this requirement. Students joining A-JIS in grade 12 will still be expected to complete a research paper but requirements will be scaled down accordingly.
  • Any deviation from the above requirements may only be allowed at the discretion of the Head of School, or the Secondary Principal.

A list of all courses that may be used to satisfy these requirements is found in the online Course Catalog.

Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 3 elective credits. These 3 credits may be from accredited school electives A-JIS approved electives or equivalent. Once the credits for required courses have been met, additional courses in that subject area count as elective credits.