WLSA Shanghai Academy offers a rigorous university preparatory structure. There are two credentials offered:
The WLSA Shanghai Academy Diploma is examined and validated by the WLSA academic committee as well as the local Education Bureau.
The more advanced Honor Diploma is examined by an independent Board of Examiners, containing more extensive requirements.
The WLSA Honor Diploma Board is composed of representatives from Harvard-Westlake School, The Webb Schools, Phillips Academy Andover, Winchester College, and Marlborough College.
The Chairman of the Board is Mr. Taylor Stockdale, Headmaster of The Webb Schools.
The Board assesses and independently validates the standard of academic achievement, and awards the Honor Diploma to top 15% graduates.
The WLSA Honor Diploma Board requirement:
TOEFL iBT 106+ or equivalent IELTS
SAT I 1500+ or equivalent ACT
Participation in at least one global education program project
Successful completion of all WLSA Distinction Courses
Completion of 10-hour community service per academic year
*A+ only offers to top 5% of the students in each subject
WLSA Shanghai Academy uses a weighted 4.0 scale GPA system calculated with the year overall scores of all academic courses in a school year. Students taking Advanced/Distinction classes may possibly gain an extra GPA under the scale of 5.0. The weights of different courses are based on the teaching hours of the courses, and each period equals 40 minutes.