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 three programmes SSIS offers aim to help students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

  • The Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students from Nursery to Grade 5, focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.
  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP), for students from Grade 6 to 10, provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills, achieved through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
  • The Diploma Programme (DP), for students in Grades 11 and 12, is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.

The three IB programmes encourage international-mindedness in students. To do this, we believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. All students learn a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally—essential for life in the 21st century.

The IB encourages a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to reflect critically, to develop research skills, and to learn how to learn. We encourage community service because we believe that there is more to learning than academic studies alone.

What is so special about IB programmes?

  • IB programmes are recognized around the world and ensure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
  • The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
  • IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorization process in order to offer one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.
  • IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
  • Many students graduating from the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IB works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes.
  • The core components of IB programmes encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.

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 1,300,000 IB students at 4,500 schools in 150 countries.