IB Philosophy

At SSIS we are proud to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the IB curriculum from Nursery to Grade 12.

The IB is a highly respected programme of international education that develops the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

At SSIS students learn how to learn. Students are able to take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to try different approaches to learning.

We help students to:

  • ask challenging questions
  • think critically
  • develop research skills proven to help them in higher education.

We encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.

The three programmes:

The Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students from Nursery to Grade 5, prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child. Learn more

The Middle Years Programme (MYP), for students from Grade 6 to 10, is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, the MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation. Learn more

The Diploma Programme (DP), for students in Grades 11 and 12, aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. The DP is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world. Learn more


Why the IB is Different

IB programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

The IB strives to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB's programmes are different from other curricula because they:

  1. encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  2. develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
  3. encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
  4. develop multilingual students.

IB World School students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. They are also likely to perform well academically – often better than students on other programmes.

The Learner Profile

IB learners strive to be:

  • inquirers
  • knowledgeable
  • thinkers
  • communicators
  • principled
  • open-minded
  • caring
  • risk-takers
  • balanced
  • reflective

Fast Facts

The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

There are more than 1.3 million IB students at 4,500 schools in 150 countries.