IST is officially authorized by IBO to offer the Primary Years Program. The program focuses on developing inquiry-based learning and international-mindedness.

The curriculum is built around six core inquiries for students aged 3 to 12: inquiries into who we are, rights and responsibilities, how we discover and express ideas, the natural world and scientific principles, and other topics outlined in the PYP Program Model.

At IST, we promote knowledge exchange between Primary grades and students including weekly assemblies, where teachers and students showcase works prepared in class and students are acknowledged for their learning efforts, as well as weekly buddy reading sessions. Our practices and values are designed to promote the IB learner attributes:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

You can learn more about the Primary Years Program here: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/

Further information on the International Baccalaureate and its other programs can be found here: https://www.ibo.org/

The Middle Years Programme & Diploma Programme

IST is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improving the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programs: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

**Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.