Curriculum Overview

Our current curricular frameworks consist of the International Baccalaureate programs, the Primary Years Program in Early Years Discovery Centre to Grade 5, the Middle Years Program in Grades 6 to 10 and the IB Diploma and/or the ISS High School diploma in Grades 11 and 12.

The Early Years Discovery Centre

This section comprises one section of three and four year-olds in the ‘Early Years Nest’ and one Kindergarten section for the five year olds. They follow a modified version of the authorized and evaluated IB Primary Years Program.

The Lower School

From Grade 1 through Grade 5 the children follow the authorized and evaluated IB Primary Years Program, which is a child-centered program of learning through inquiry using a holistic and constructivist approach. It helps our students to develop skills, attitudes and understandings as well as an inquiring mind, which are the foundations for becoming life-long learners and for the acquisition of knowledge in later years.

Our Primary Years Program is not a preparatory program for national curricula for when a child returns to his or her home country, but a validated international program in its own right that forms part of the backbone of education at our IB World School.

Upper School

Grades 6 – 10 follow the IB Middle Years Program, which continues to build self-confidence and a wider range of academic skills through the academic disciplines of the MYP curriculum. Students study 8 subject groups through 5 different areas of interaction: approaches to learning, community service, health & social education, environment, and human ingenuity.

All students in grade 11 and 12 are enrolled in the ISS High School Diploma Program. Students meeting the minimum requirements are awarded a High SchooI diploma at the ISS graduation in May. Simultaneously, most students follow the IB Diploma Program. The IB Diploma Program external examinations take place in May at ISS, results are issued in July and the IB diploma is sent to ISS the following September, then forwarded to the students. Central to the IBDP program is a Theory of Knowledge course, 150 hours of CAS (Community, Action, Service) and an Extended essay project. The ISS High School diploma, while recognized in most Northern American colleges or some Fachhochschulen is not acceptable for admission into a German University. The IB Diploma is a well recognized University entrance qualification worldwide.