The IB at NIS


NIS has chosen to frame our curriculum through the three programs of the International Baccalaureate (IB). These three programs (the Primary Years Program, the Middle Years Program and the Diploma Program) represent the world standard for international education. The IB develops critical, creative and reflective thinking, fosters the disposition of international mindedness and nurtures student confidence, self-belief and self-discovery. At its core, the IB curriculum enables students to understand themselves as learners - and as global citizens.

Our curricular program represents our contract with parents; and we are passionate about our mission and what we do. The IB program nurtures students to be passionate about their learning and to be committed to supporting their communities, regardless of their chosen profession or path. Ultimately it is our goal that students at NIS learn to question their world and to have an opportunity to connect to others – and to empower them to be able to envision the impact they can have on not only their own futures but also on the communities they will serve. We feel the IB programs best supports students to nurture the attributes and skills to embark on this life-long journey. 


The PYP, MYP and DP

Primary Years Programme (Preschool-Grade 5)

Designed for students aged 3 to 12, the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) offers a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning.  In the PYP a balance is sought between the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the demonstration of positive attitudes, and the importance of taking responsible action. In this way, the focus of the primary years at NIS is on the growth of the whole child, encompassing not only the academic needs of the students, but also their social, emotional, physical and cultural development.

Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-10)

Designed for students aged 11 to 16 (grades 6 to 10), the MYP provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP). The MYP’s focus on independent learning makes it the ideal preparation for further study. Learning in the MYP fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12)

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The DP curriculum is a comprehensive, demanding academic experience that provides a thorough education in a broad range of subjects based on six subject groups surrounding three core requirements: TOK (Theory of Knowledge), EE (Extended Essay) and CAS (Community, Action & Service). Typically taught over two years, the DP has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.


*How the "Common Core State Standards" (CCSS) connects with the IB at NIS:  The IBO fully supports the use of Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Based on this support, and a thorough review of the CCSS, NIS has adopted the CCSS as its scope and sequence for the teaching of English at NIS as well as for Math in the ELC/Elementary School.

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