ISOI became an IB Diploma School in 2012 and is now an authorized PYP School as well. We chose these programs because they are philosophically aligned with our own mission and values. As well, we believe that the IB emphasis on student-centered, inquiry-based learning will best serve our 21st century learners. Finally, our research and recent experience have shown that Diploma graduates have greater success, both in gaining admission to high quality colleges and in academic achievement beyond high school.
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) seeks to offer a holistic, child-centered approach to learning. As an authorized PYP school, we deliver an integrated Programme of Inquiry based on the following themes:
- Who We Are
- Where We Are in Time and Place
- How We Express Ourselves
- How the World Works
- How We Organize Ourselves
- Sharing the Planet
Focusing of each theme allows students to engage in profound inquiry, and in doing so develop conceptual understanding, the attributes of the IB learner profile, and IB attitudes.