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Upper School

Two Prestigious Diploma Programs

ISB’s Upper School students become knowledgeable, critical thinkers, prepared to thrive in universities across every continent and willing to embrace the unique challenges and boundless opportunities of an interconnected world.

A World of Opportunities

Upper School is a common entry point for students new to ISB. The first two years of Upper School (Grades 9 and 10) are an exciting and rewarding time of exploration for students.

During these years, students position themselves to earn one of two of our international diplomas that they will select for Grades 11 and 12: the International Baccalaureate (taught in English) or the French Baccalaureate.

Students enrolled in both academic tracks develop a deep sense of community through a unified student life experience and draw on support from our College Counseling team. 

Signature Experiences

ISB's location just minutes from Cambridge and Boston allows our academic program to extend far beyond our classrooms. Students have numerous opportunities to collaborate with renowned colleges and universities, research institutions, and community professionals, highlighted by the following signature experiences: 

  • A longstanding relationship with MIT’s BioBuilder Program. Through this project, students integrate biology and engineering topics through practical, hands-on lessons. In the most recent school year, students designed bioengineered algae that will be able to break down PET plastic in the ocean, addressing the problem of plastic contamination in the oceans.
  • Our flagship "Work Week" Program in Grade 10. In alignment with our Vision for Learning, students collaborate and connect with broader communities. Here, students spend dedicated time exploring and observing professions they may wish to pursue post-Graduation. The experience culminates with a student presentation to peers. 
  • The Entrepreneurship Club's "Shark Tank." The Entrepreneurship Club fosters a spirit of innovation and dedication, inspiring students to develop innovative companies with a focus on social impact and community service. Teams of students present their final concepts to a jury, comprised of representatives from MIT, Harvard, Stanford, French Tech, the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACCNE), and the Rotary Club of Cambridge. 

Explore Our Program

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Program at ISB includes an exploratory program in Grades 9 and 10 (the International Program, or IP) and the Diploma Program (or DP) in Grades 11 and 12.

Explore the IB Program

College Counseling

ISB's College Counseling Office is staffed with the expertise to support students and families throughout all parts of the college counseling process - from devising testing strategies and creating a college list to providing guidance on essay writing. 

Learn about isb's college program

French Baccalaureate

Le LIB est homologué par le Ministère de l'Éducation nationale et les élèves passent le brevet des collèges et le baccalauréat français au sein même de notre établissement.

En Savoir Plus

Global Learning Program

ISB's Global Learning Program offers students the chance to travel extensively through three programs: Curriculum and Culture Trips, Academic Exchanges, and AEFE Partnerships. By the time a student is in Upper School, traveling the globe is only a flight away. 

global learning opportunities

High school students in a classroom