Secondary Overview (Ages 12-18)
The academic programs provided in Secondary School at IICS are the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in grades 7 through 10, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in grades 11 and 12.
- IB Middle Years Program (MYP)
for ages 11-16, Grades 7-10
Middle Years Program Coordinator: Dave Johnson
The Middle Years Program(MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a course of study designed to meet the educational requirements of students aged between 11 and 16 years. AT IICS the MYP builds on the foundation of learning and skills in the PYP, and prepares students for the Diploma program.
Grade 7-10 IB MYP students are at an age when they are making the transition from early puberty to mid-adolescence. This is a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development. The MYP has been devised to guide students in their search for a sense of belonging in the world around them. It also aims to help students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. This means encouraging them to be independent learners and internationally minded people. MYP, like PYP and the Diploma Program, promotes the IB Learner Profile which encourages learners to strive to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective.
The MYP is based on three fundamental concepts; holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.
There are eight subject groups. At IICS the subjects offered are Language A (English), Language B (French, German, or Spanish), Humanities, Technology (Computer Technology and Design Technology), Mathematics, Arts (Art, Music, and Drama), Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), and Physical Education. These subjects provide a broad, traditional foundation of knowledge, while the pedagogical devices used to transmit this knowledge aim to increase the students' awareness of the relationships between the subjects. Integrated into curricular units will be enhanced learning opportunities including cultural field trips and Community and Service.
MYP Areas of Interaction
Students are required to experience and explore each of the five areas of interaction in every year of the program:
• Approaches to learning (ATL), in which students take increasing responsibility for their learning
• Community and service, through which students become aware of their roles and their responsibilities as members of communities
• Human Ingenuity, environments, health and social education, broad areas of student inquiry where personal as well as societal and global issues are investigated and debated.
The areas of interaction give the MYP its distinctive core. These areas are common to all disciplines and are incorporated into the MYP so students become increasingly aware of the connections between subject areas and real world situations and issues.
MYP Personal Project (Grade 10)
This is a student-driven, independent project which is a culmination of the student's involvement with Areas of Interaction, especially Approaches to Learning. The focus is the process that leads to the creation of a product which could be anything from the creation of a public awareness campaign to writing a book to designing a green school. The project allows students to demonstrate their skills to produce an extended piece of work (maximum 4000 words), to engage in personal inquiry, to demonstrate their understanding of the Areas of Interaction and to reflect on learning.
Each student receives a Personal Project Handbook and is allocated a supervisor to support them through the project. The grade for the Personal Project counts as a course grade and credit is awarded for a minimum score of 3.
- IB Diploma Program (DP)
for ages 16-18, Grades 11-12
IB Diploma Program Coordinator: Omer Kipmen
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized by the world's leading universities and in many cases strong results will ensure advanced standing in particular subjects.
All students at Istanbul International Community School in Grades 11 and 12 undertake courses based upon the full International Baccalaureate Diploma program. This program provides a common curriculum and university entry credential for students moving from one country to another.
Students must complete at least one course from each of the following groups:
. Group 1 English A: Literature or Language and Literature Class of 2012: English A1 Literature
. Group 2 A modern language studied as a non-native language
. Group 3: Individuals and Societies: History, Geography or Economics
. Group 4: Science: Biology, Chemistry or Physics . Group 5: Mathematics
. Group 6: Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Theatre Arts or 2nd subject from groups 1,2,3, or 4,
In addition: Theory of Knowledge, CAS, plus an Extended Essay of approximately 4,000 words
. Each of the first six groups score a maximum of seven points
. TOK plus Extended Essay can give up to 3 bonus points
. A student requires a minimum of 24 points to gain the IB Diploma and various other conditions apply
. Students who achieve the IB diploma will automatically receive the IICS High School Diploma.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)- an interdisciplinary requirement that challenges students to question the basis of knowledge.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)- this program complements the academic courses by stressing community involvement, service to others, and the pursuit of life-enhancing individual interests.
An Extended Essay (EE)- each student undertakes independent research on a topic of special interest to the student. This 4,000-word essay acquaints Diploma candidates with the kind of work expected by universities.
While the IB Diploma is a two year program, IICS will accept students into Grade 12 from both IB and non-IB schools depending on course availability and prior credits. Also, students may pursue an IB certificate option which may satisfy the requirements of the IICS High School Diploma.