Learning at ISU
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (DP) Programme, for students 16 – 19 years of age, introduced in 1969 by the IB was an innovation to support internationally mobile students with a standard curriculum from country to country.
The Middle Years Programme (MYP), introduced in 1994 by the IB, for students 10 – 16 years of age, was the response to educational research indicating the strength of transdisciplinary learning.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP), introduced in 1997 by the IB, for students 3 – 10 years of age, to equip students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and be able to apply these skills and knowledge across a broad range of areas.
Each of the three IB Programmes operates independently and stands alone as a complete Programme. Schools are not required to offer all three IB Programmes. Each Programme is about developing an understanding of culture to promote an understanding of others. Students are enabled to develop an awareness of themselves first, while recognizing that others are different and others “can be right in being different” (Peel, 1997).