International Baccalaureate

Seisen has been using the comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum of the International Baccalaureate for juniors and seniors since 1986. Critical thinking, community service, and an exposure to a wide variety of intellectual viewpoints reflect what both Seisen and the IB value.

Universities the world over can evaluate our students and determine their eligibility against internationally recognized standards. Over the past 25 years, 80% of our students have attempted the full IB Diploma Program, and the core elements – Theory of Knowledge, social service and reflection or CAS, and an Extended (or Seisen Research) Essay – are required of every student at Seisen.


The International Baccalaureate Organization’s mission statement “aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."


The IB diploma embraces a coherent and international set of values, helping students to become open-minded inquirers, reflective learners, and caring citizens of the world. Through the course selection process, Seisen students and their parents consider each student’s set of courses for their last two years of high school.

Our High School faculty and staff are also heavily involved with the IB, actively participating in IB teacher training workshops and conferences, with several members serving as assistant and senior Examiners for the IBO.

The following courses are offered at Seisen in grades 11 and 12. IB Diploma candidates must take at least three at the Higher Level and up to three at the Standard Level.


Group 1 - Native Languages

English Literature HL
English Literature SL
Japanese Language & Literature HL
Japanese Language & Literature SL

 Other languages, not offered above, are available at parents’ expense in group 1.

Group 2 - Acquired Languages

French B HL 

French B SL 

Japanese B HL

Japanese B SL

Spanish B HL 

Spanish B SL 

Japanese SL Ab initio

Other languages, not offered above, are available at parents’ expense in group 2.

Group 3 - Individuals & societies

Group 4 - Experimental Sciences

Group 5 - Mathematics

Group 6 - The Arts

Visual Arts HL
Visual Arts SL

Music HL 

Music SL


Film SL

Note: If a student does not take Art or Music, she must choose another class from groups 1 - 4.


Group 7 - The Core

IB Matters

Course Selection Process

1. November – Grade 10
General Introduction to the IB, the courses available, and the three options (IB & Seisen Diplomas, Seisen Diploma only, Seisen Diploma with IB Certificates) the role of Department Heads and 10th grade teachers, the sequence of forms, the course selection final deadline and the process for changing courses. The role of CAS, Extended Essay, and Theory of Knowledge requirements will be explained. At this time parents may wish to arrange times to discuss options with Mr. Stern.

2. December – Grade 10
Follow up introduction to the IB and the implication of course selections for majors and university admissions; further clarification of teacher comment forms, CAS, Extended Essay, and Theory of Knowledge requirements, with ample time for questions. Planning documents (non-binding) are due December 12.

 3. February – Grade 10
HoDs will explain the scope, demands, and requirements for each class and level in their department. Groups 1, 3 and 5 on February 3rd; groups 2, 4 & 6 on February 10th.

 4. March 12, 2014 – Grade 10: a 6:00 PM meeting for Parents
This will be the final meeting to complete the selection process and to anticipate and resolve any conflicts. Mr. Stern will also be available during the Monday study halls during March to address any student concerns. Official selection forms with teachers’ comments will be due by the middle of April 4, 2014.

 5. August – Grade 11
Students are given two cycles or 12 days of school to ensure proper class fit, and may change classes with appropriate reasons and teacher approval.

 6. January – Grade 11
Students are introduced to the Extended Essay policies at Seisen and are registered for May exams in their senior year. Extended Essay drafts must be submitted by September 1st of senior year to be eligible for sports and activities.

 7. November 15 – Grade 12
A student is billed ¥20,00 for each exam she registers to take in May. Exam registration can be changed before this date with no charge. After November 15 and before January 15, the cancellation or change fee is ¥3,000; after January 15 the penalty is ¥10,000.

 8. March and April – Grade 12
Internal Assessment, essays, portfolios, Lab Reports, and predicted grades sent to examiners & moderators.

 9. May 2016 – Grade 12 May IB Examinations

IB Program and University

Quicktime Introduction

Watch this great Quicktime movie about the Course Selection Process.