High School

The Keystone educational model finds extended expression in high school (Grades 10 to 12), where we cultivate global perspectives, inquiry-based learning, and character and community building in both academic and residential settings.

Grade 10 offers a challenging and innovative curriculum that prepares students for the rigors of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which we deliver in grades 11 and 12. As stated in our mission, we aim to graduate students who “will possess the intellectual, cultural, and ecological fluency to navigate gracefully the colleges, careers, and communities of their choice. They will know how to apply their emotional intelligence, character, and zest for learning to help develop and improve the communities in which they live.”

Keystone’s comprehensive residential life program is part of the experience of every high school student. Teachers serve as dorm parents, supporting the socio-emotional and leadership development of our students. Coupled with our academic and co-curricular program, our school supports the integral development of our students as scholars, as rounded young adults, as sports players, and as productive citizens of the world.

Through all three years of high school, Keystone educational practices help students deepen essential skills in critical reasoning and research capabilities. The camping and experiential learning trips in which all students take part every year provide them with opportunities to connect and expand their learning and personal development.

Keystone’s faculty is widely diverse and richly experienced. Our teachers involve students in engaging activities in the classroom during the school day and provide academic support and extension after regular school hours. Our faculty are all involved in the Keystone Activities Program, developing deeper bonds with students as they explore common interests.

Teachers encourage students to make interdisciplinary connections in order to understand and participate effectively in their natural, social, and cultural environments. Participation in service learning projects on and off campus puts learning into action.

The language program in the high school represents a full transition from the dual-language immersion model. In Keystone’s progressive model of language acquisition, affirmed by research and effective practice, high school students achieve linguistic competency and cultural understanding in both Chinese and English.

While most classes are in English, students continue to develop their Chinese language through Chinese language and literature classes. In grade 10, students also have the opportunity to choose elective courses taught in Chinese. In grades 11 and 12, students take the IBDP Theory of Knowledge course in a dual language format with two teachers, one Chinese speaking one English speaking, supporting learning.

Keystone offers a robust and thoughtful college counseling program which guides and supports students in the process of selecting and applying to colleges and universities. Our college counselors lead parent and student sessions and meet one-on-one with students and families to address the individual needs of each student. Keystone receives visits from many colleges and universities and holds information and admission fairs on site. Visit Keystone’s College Counseling Page to learn more. (Hyperlink)

The subjects taught in grade 10 are:

  • Language and Literature in Chinese
  • Language and Literature in English
  • Chinese and English Language Acquisition
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts: Drama, Dance, Music, and the Visual Arts
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design Technology
  • Chinese Thread: Chinese Civilization plus a choice of Chinese Visual Arts, Chinese Dance, Chinese Music, or Wushu


IB Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12:

Keystone Academy is authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. Our course offerings enrich students’ critical understanding, expressive creativity, and reasoned actions in their world. The IB Diploma Programme offers a world-class preparation for university and is well recognized and highly rated by post-secondary institutions and systems around the world. Upon graduation, students will be able to approach the world effectively with multiple perspectives and rich, interdisciplinary understanding.

In grades 11 and 12 students choose courses in the following IBDP subjects (this list undergoes annual revision based on student demand):

Studies in Language and Literature

  • Chinese A: language and literature
  • Chinese A: literature
  • English A: language and literature


Language Acquisition

  • Chinese B
  • Chinese ab initio
  • English B


Individuals and Societies

  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Environmental Systems and Society (trans-disciplinary course)
  • History
  • Psychology


Experimental Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Systems and Society (trans-disciplinary course)
  • Physics


Mathematics

  • Mathematical Studies Standard Level
  • Mathematics Standard Level
  • Mathematics Higher Level

The Arts

  • Music
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Arts


Online Options through Pamoja Education are possible for IB Diploma courses not offered at Keystone.

All IB Diploma students take an additional course, Theory of Knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. As stated earlier, two teachers work with students in this course with deep discussions taking place in Chinese and English.

In addition, students write an Extended Essay (EE), which is an independent, self-directed piece of research that culminates in a 4,000-word paper based on a subject and topic of their choice. They also engage in Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), over the two years. This involves a collaborative project as well as individual achievement in varied domains.

Useful Links:

www.ibo.org

Head of High School

Diana Martelly

Diana is a passionate educator with more than 30 years of experience.

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Assistant Head of High School & IBDP Coordinator

Rick Spadafora

Rick Spadafora brings extensive experience as a teacher and educational leader in the Asia Pacific region for more than 25 years in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong to Keystone as the Assistant Head of High School and IBDP Coordinator.

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