Graduation Requirements

All students who complete the International School Basel (ISBasel) graduation requirements will receive an ISB diploma. Students who complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma requirements will receive both the IB diploma and ISBasel diploma.

ISBasel Graduation Requirements

The following Board-approved ISBasel Graduation requirements have been developed collaboratively by Senior School administrators and teachers for students who do not to pursue the full IB Diploma.All Senior School students are ISBasel Diploma candidates, and subject to the following graduation requirements:


In order to attain an ISBasel Diploma, students must earn 22 credits of course work in Grades 9 - 12, however most students will surpass these requirements.

Year Required Credits
Grade 9 8 credits
Grade 10 8 credits 
Grade 11 - 12 6 credits (3 x 2 courses)
Total 22 credits

Grade 9 - 10

One credit will be awarded for each successfully completed one-year-long Grade 9 - 10 course. During these two academic years, students must successfully complete eight courses per year, earning a total of 16 credits.

Topics of study include:

  • Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Design
  • Arts
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Modern Languages

Grade 11 - 12

Two credits will be awarded for each successfully completed two-year-long Grade 11 - 12 course. During this time, students must successfully complete three courses per year in areas of their interest, earning a total of 6 credits.

Topics of study include:

  • Studies in Language and Literature, Individuals and Narratives
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies, Global Politics, International Relations
  • Experimental or Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts and Electives

Achievement Requirements

Students must pass all classes with a minimum grade of 3 in order to attain the ISBasel Diploma.


“We all help.” This statement, embedded within our school’s Mission, signifies our commitment to service and community. All ISB students must complete a service requirement each year from Grades 9 - 12 to attain the ISBasel Diploma.

IB Diploma Requirements

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) provides rigorous university-level curriculum and assessment for courses in the final two years of high school. IB Courses may be taken individually or as part of the IB Diploma Program (DP). The IB is widely recognized and highly respected by colleges and universities all around the world. Students who complete the IB Diploma Program or Courses may be granted credit or allowed to take more advanced courses in many colleges and universities.

To earn an IB Diploma, a student must successfully complete the Core of the DP as well as the required distribution of Courses. The three elements of the Core are:

  1. The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course,
  2. Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) experiences, and
  3. The Extended Essay (EE).

The Course distribution requires one course each in the following Groups:

  1. Studies in language and literature,
  2. Language acquisition,
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Science,
  5. Mathematics,
  6. and one additional course which may be in The Arts or a second course in one of the aforementioned groups.

Three of these courses must be taken at the Higher Level (HL) and three at the Standard Level (SL).