Students are provided with a US-based curriculum and standards. Students in grades 9-12 must earn 23 credits in five core subject areas (English (literature and writing), Chinese, math, science, and social studies). Students can choose their own electives in high school, though all students must take at least one course in visual and performing arts and one technology based course. The high school standards are based on the Common Core for English and math, NGSS – Next Generation Science Standards for science, AERO for social studies, and SHAPE - Society of Health and Physical Educators for PE. Chinese language instruction (which is provided in separate classes for both native and non-native speakers) follows standards set up through the International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education and the Full Time Compulsory Education Chinese Curriculum Standards. All AP (Advanced Placement) courses are based upon AP standards, which are established by the College Board, who approves the syllabi for every official AP course. Standards used for electives vary according to the subject area: art (California and Common Core); music (California); technology (ISTE).
The core of our curriculum ensures our students achieve a fundamentally sound education comprising of liberal arts, natural sciences as well as elective courses, all of which combine to achieve our aim of educating our students to be motivated learners, persons of character, healthy individuals, and global citizens.
SMIC-I classes are typically held to a maximum size not exceeding 30 students. This ensures individual attention to students in each class and further ensures a close relationship between teacher and student. Please refer to our Course of Study for information on all courses.
*Starting with class of 2022, students are required to have 0.5 credits for Health making it to 23.5 credits in order to graduate.