ISOCS’ curriculum is based on the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB), which is a rigorous course of studies designed for students aged 11-16. The programme is holistic and provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between tradition subject and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers. Within the MYP there is a strong focus on the acquisition of subject knowledge in order to facilitate conceptual understanding, on the acquisition of skills, and the development of attitudes that foster life long learning.
The MYP consists of eight subject groups integrated through five areas of interaction that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. These Areas of Interaction create the contexts that ground the subjects in the real world, and relate them to wider questions that engage students actively in the world around them.
All students study a course within each of the subject areas. This means that students all study:
- English (Language A)
- German (Language A and B)
- Arts (Visual Art, Drama and Music)
- Physical Education
Assessment is criterion-related, meaning that students around the world have their progress measured against predefined criteria for each subject group, and are not measured against each other to determine a grade. In line with educational best practice today, teachers use a variety of authentic assessment methods to identify the knowledge and understandings of students. These methods will include presentations, reports, tests, projects, lab reports, the creation of products, plays, reviews etc.
Each subject has its own assessment criteria and final grades are presented on a scale of 1-7 based on predefined descriptors.