The SIS high school
is college preparatory for students in grade nine through twelve. We offer more Advanced Placement (AP) courses than any school in Saipan. AP courses offered to provide a challenging curriculum recognized by colleges and universities in the United States and around the world. Students attend classes taught by teachers who are specialists in their subject areas and in secondary education.
In 2018, SIS became the first AP Capstone school in Micronesia. These courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. Students who complete the two-year program can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards, highly valued by universities around the world.
All students are required to maintain a full course load for each year of enrollment at SIS.
Graduation credit may, in certain cases be awarded for appropriate courses taken in the eighth grade or at other schools prior to enrolling at SIS.
Advanced Placement International Diploma
Students receiving an SIS Honors diploma may also be eligible for an Advanced Placement International Diploma, awarded by College Board, provided that they:
Pass the AP exams for each course with at least a 3 out of 5
Pass an exam in a World Language other than English (e.g. AP Chinese Language and Culture or AP Spanish Language and Culture). Students who speak a World Language that is not tested by College Board, can request a letter from the headmaster to this effect. In this case, they will be exempt from the additional World Language exam but must replace it with an additional exam.
SIS Students have outperformed other CNMI schools on AP exams for the past three years and performed higher than the national average the last two years. Our AP classes prepare students for the challenges they will face on the exam and beyond.
Detailed requirements for the AP International Diploma can be found at their website.
SIS Honors Diploma
Beginning in the 2017-18, SIS will award the SIS Honors Diploma to distinguish academic achievement that far exceeds the high school level. Requirements for an SIS Honors diploma include all the requirements for the DIS Diploma as well as:
· Minimum 3.25 GPA
· 5 Advanced Placement Course to include:
· AP World History Course
· 1 AP English Course
· 1 Math or Science AP Course
· 2 Additional AP Courses
SIS recognizes the importance of developing all abilities within each student. The CAS Program is designed to do just that. CAS stands for CREATIVITY, ACTION, and SERVICE. Students are provided opportunities to develop their abilities in each of these areas. Those activities are to be done outside of class or work. They may take a variety of forms, but must have the following characteristics. The must be done for no monetary compensation, they must be done for people from outside of the students’ immediate family, they may be done individually or with a school, community or church group, and completion of each activity must be certified by an adult supervisor. In order to be recognized by the school each activity must have a CAS form submitted by the end of the school quarter and approved by the Headmaster or delegate.
All students must complete a minimum of 100 hours of CAS projects during their high school years to satisfy the CAS graduation requirement.
SIS has teachers on staff that offer SAT prep for students. Our teachers have helped students increase their score by more than 100 points. SIS students average a score consistently higher than the national average and a high enough score to admit them into the most competitive universities.