MYP Curriculum

Our schoolThe IICS mission statement is fully aligneds completely with the philosophical approach of the MYP:

Through its challenging curriculum and strong staff-student relationships, IICS provides a caring environment that inspires each student to excel and to be inquisitive, creative, compassionate, balanced and internationally-minded.

Working within the MYP framework, IICS maintains and continually develops a curriculum that strives to provide the best for our students.

Inquiry Learning

Much like the Primary Years Program, iInquiry is at the center of teaching and learning in the MYP at IICS. Inquiry “frames the written, taught, and assessed curriculum” your child will experience in our program (Principles to Practice, pg. 50).

An inquiry-driven approach essentially means that units of study are developed by our teachers to build on the students’ prior knowledge and experience with an attempt tothe aim of connecting student learning to the real world. Some examples of this might include problem-based learning, project-based learning, or self-directed units of inquiry. More traditional teaching techniques are combined with newer techniques to provide “learning that is engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant.” (Principles to Practice, pg. 11).


As an MYP school, IICS believes it is important to develop interdisciplinary connections and make learning relevant to students. To do this, we focus on concepts. “Conceptual learning focuses on powerful organizing ideas that have relevance within and across subject areas.” (Principles to Practice, pg. 13). In the MYP at IICS, it is not enough just to know something; we strive to teach our students how to make connections between what they have learned and what it means in the context of a globalized world.


As part of the Next Chapter changes to the MYP, interdisciplinary learning has taken a more prominent role and is now a requirement of the program. Interdisciplinary learning is described as two or more subjects coming together to inform a unit of inquiry. Subjects find their interdisciplinary connections through each unit’s Global Contexts (explained later in this guide) that closely align with the PYP’s Transdisciplinary Themes. We are continuing to develop these units to build connections related to finding solutions to real-world issues.


A student-centered philosophy is more than just putting students first.  MYP teachers at IICS strive to create opportunities for students to be active participants in their education rather than passive recipients of knowledge.

At the core of this student-centered philosophy is our strong belief in staff-student relationships. By putting the student at the center of our philosophy, “the relationships between teachers and students create a dynamic where teachers are intellectual leaders who can empower students to develop the confidence and personal responsibility needed to deepen understanding”


In addition to being student-centered, we also believe in developing personalized learning options for students in the MYP at IICS. In the MYP at IICS, we firmly believe that students are most empowered when they have control over their learning. Wherever appropriate, students are given opportunities to have a say in the subjects they would like to study, the formats they would like to present, and to lead their own exploratory courses.

NOTE: All quotations from Principles to Practice.

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