ICS International School has opted to introduce the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate ® because the philosophy and objectives of the programme are well aligned with the values and beliefs of the school. Specifically, the Middle Years Programme:
- has an international focus with no bias towards any single national system;
- provides vertical continuity from the Cambridge/International Primary Curriculum through the IB Diploma Programme to be offered in the last two years of the school’s high school. Many elements of the MYP are common to the skills and attitudes developed in the primary school and required by the IB Diploma Programme;
- provides assessment in all the subject areas with a common approach by being criterion-based and inquiry-led;
- features strong, interdisciplinary elements;
- is flexible enough to allow ICS to design the curriculum to fit our students’ needs;
- does not prescribe the content of the subject areas but does provide a framework for their delivery;
- supports ongoing curriculum development and innovative approaches;
- is a concept-driven curriculum;
- teaches through Global Concepts to ensure that students make meaningful connections between their classroom learning and the
- explicitly teaches transdisciplinary skills that empower students to be successful in school, education and beyond;
- requires students to participate in service-based activities and to take action so as to develop international mindedness and a sense of personal responsibility towards making the world a better place.
The International Baccalaureate 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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
The programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.