The IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is a curriculum framework designed to offer inclusive, challenging and age-appropriate education to students aged 11 to 16. The MYP aims to develop students’ personal, social and emotional wellbeing as they acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will support their further learning. The curriculum is underpinned by the IB Learner Profile which consists of 10 attributes that embrace the development of the whole person. Students learn through inquiry, action and reflection across eight subject groups that are connected through key concepts and global contexts. They develop approaches to learning skills across the different subjects that empower them to manage their learning and meet the objectives of the different subjects, and prepare them for life long learning. Students, in all years of the programme are required to engage in the school’s Service and Action programme that develops their awareness of local and global issues and their commitment to helping others. In the final year of the MYP students complete the Personal Project, an independent piece of work. The MYP provides a very good foundation for the IB DP.

The IB Diploma Programme (IB DP)

In Years 12 and 13 the ISH offers the two-year course leading to the Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB Diploma is a university entrance qualification recognised throughout the world. To obtain the IB Diploma students must complete studies in subject group areas as follows:

  • Group 1: Language A (mother tongue)
  • Group 2: Language B (second or foreign language)
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: Arts and Electives (Art, Music, Theatre Arts, an additional language, Science or Humanities subject)

In addition students must complete a course in Theory of Knowledge (TOK), write an Extended Essay, follow a programme of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) and also complete a Physical Education programme.

The IB Career - Related Programme (IBCP)

In Years 12 and 13, the ISH offers the International Baccalaureate Career-Related program (IBCP).

The IBCP is a rigorous and unique academic programme that offers students between the age of sixteen and nineteen a different learning environment than that of the older and more established IB Diploma Programme (DP). The IBCP provides a balance of academic and career-related education, which allows students the opportunity to gain a valuable qualification that will enable them to attend universities both here in The Netherlands and the UK, as well as in other countries according to equivalence. It will also help them gain access to valuable apprenticeships or employment.



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