ISB adheres to the rigorous academic framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB). In February 2016, after a two-year verification process, we became officially authorised as an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme. We anticipate applying for candidacy for the IB’s Middle Years Programme in the fall of 2016.
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
Launched in 1997, there are now more than 1300 schools around the world offering the PYP. The defining element of this holistic educational framework is the unit of inquiry: a thematic umbrella incorporating subjects such as social studies, science, maths and language. In K1 and K2, students will inquire and play under four of the PYP’s six themes, while those in K3 will experience the whole range. The six PYP themes are:
Each year, teachers work together to choose a focus, or “central idea” for each theme. For example, under “How the world works” the focus may be on energy or weather, while under “Where we are in place and time,” students may ask questions about how homes or toys have changed over time. You can find ISB’s Programme of Inquiry for the current academic year here.
For more information about the PYP, visit the IB website.
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
The IB’s Middle Years Programme is used by more than 1200 schools world-wide.
The MYP provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between different theoretical approaches and the real world. It also encourages them to become critical and reflective thinkers. Students in the MYP study eight subject groups. They are:
In the final year of the programme, students engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the programme.
Assessment in the MYP is criterion-related so students around the world are measured against pre-specified criteria for each subject group. Teachers are required to modify these criteria to be age-appropriate in the earlier years of the programme. Teachers set assessment tasks that are assessed internally in the school. External checks in the form of moderation by IB examiners are carried out on this internal assessment to ensure worldwide consistency of standards.
For more information about the MYP, visit the IB website.