High School Life

High School MYP (Grades 6-10)

Students entering the High School MYP (Grades 6-10) are at an exciting time of their learning. They are becoming more independent in their learning and are developing more responsibility for the outcomes they can achieve. All students at ISS receive the physical, emotional and social support that compliments their studies and academic progress. In the High School this support is tailored to the growing needs of students as they begin their pathway to adulthood.

Our High School is set on a beautiful hilltop campus, providing a serene and green environment for our students to learn in a natural environment in the city. High School activities are carefully balanced with our continued holistic approach to develop minds socially and emotionally, and to empower them for their own learning. The personal development of our students is encouraged with social interaction and responsibility through a range of activities, events and community participation. High School classes are capped at 24 students each.

About High School MYP (Grades 6-10)

Our High School MYP (Grades 6-10) continues to develop the atmosphere fostered in the Primary School of a truly international and multicultural family. Our small size allows us to get to know students and parents better, as well as provide more individual attention where necessary.

The campus includes such facilities such as the library, canteen, changing rooms, and car park. Many of our Physical Education (PE) lessons are held off campus at excellent sporting facilities nearby and we arrange transport for our students to these venues during their PE classes.

The High School MYP (Grades 6-10) provides students with the opportunity to grow physically, emotionally and academically at a time of real transitions in their lives. This is usually the period of adolescence, where many students need additional support and for some, this can be a difficult period to negotiate. As such, our experienced and energetic faculty endeavours to foster in our students a sense of self-confidence, responsibility, respect, and multicultural understanding that is an important component of their holistic education. To develop this further, we promote an understanding of personal and social development through the values of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile. Our Pastoral Care Programme and Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs) also play important roles in supporting students toward a smooth transition into young adults.

Our curriculum offered is the IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), which is a five year programme, beginning in Grade 6 and continuing through to Grade 10.

Upon admission to the school, a student’s learning pathway is determined following an assessment of English language ability which allows us to place students in the appropriate class for their level. Students who are determined to be ‘English as a Second Language’ (ESL) learners are provided with additional support across all subjects. Wherever possible, we also provide a learning pathway for students with special educational needs.

The IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)

ISS International School students in Grades 6 to 10 follow the IB MYP programme as the bedrock of their studies. While the IB MYP programme commences in Grade 6 students joining ISS at any point up to the start of grade 10 are normally eligible for the full IB MYP Certificate and all students who have successfully completed the whole of Grade 10 receive an MYP Record of Achievement from the IB. The IB MYP is accessed by a combination of e-portfolios and e-assessments at the end of Grade 10. These assessments are provided by the IB Organisation.

Should you require more information, you can find more details on our learning outcomes & benchmarks and assessment guidelines.

The structure of the IB MYP

The MYP is a course of study designed to meet the educational needs of students aged between 11 and 16 years. It provides a broad, traditional foundation of knowledge that encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. As such, intercultural understanding, communication skills, and global engagement are seen as essential elements to education in the modern world, and are held as fundamental to the MYP’s philosophy. The MYP also promotes a holistic view of learning. It requires an approach to teaching and learning which includes and extends traditional school subjects. It builds upon the knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme offered at our Primary School, and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme at Grades 11 and 12.

The MYP Curriculum

The MYP consists of eight subject groups: Language Acquisition, Language and Literature, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and Health Education, and Design.

The IB MYP:

  • Holistically addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being
  • Provides students opportunities to develop knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible actions for the future
  • Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
  • Requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
  • Empowers students to participate in service within the community
  • Helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning
  • MYP teachers organise the curriculum with appropriate attention to:
  • Teaching and learning in context.
    The IB believes that students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally minded.
  • Conceptual understanding.
    Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.
SUBJECT GROUPS COURSES CURRENTLY OFFERED
Language & Literature (1st Language) English, Japanese (G6-10) & Korean (G9 & 10), Mother Tongue Languages
Language Acquisition (2nd Language) English, French, Mandarin
Individuals & Societies Integrated Humanities
Mathematics Mathematics
Sciences Integrated Sciences
Arts Visual Arts, Music, Drama
Design Design
Physical & Health Education Physical & Health Education

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IB MYP

ISS International School has been an IB MYP authorised school since June 2003. View more information about IB Middle Years Programme. For more information about the IB Middle Years Programme at ISS International School, please email Dr. Dharshini Jeremiah, Head of MYP.

Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to fill out our Inquiry Form.

High School DP (Grades 11-12) Life

Our High School is set on a beautiful hilltop campus. It provides a serene and green environment for students to work in a natural environment in the city, where activities are carefully balanced with our continued holistic approach to develop minds socially and emotionally, and to empower them for their own learning. The personal development of our students is encouraged with social interaction and responsibility through a range of activities, events and community participation. High School classes are capped at 24 students each.

We have a wide range of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) events that take place on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. The opportunities for students to engage in arts, sports, and service learning opportunities are vast and students are encouraged to explore these to develop their interests and skills as communicators, thinkers, risk-takers and carers, and to perhaps understand more about themselves and the potential they may have. Our Student Council is very active and there are many opportunities for students to join sports or debating teams locally or regionally as well as showcase special talents in areas such as the arts or writing.

Our students’ development into independent, mature, and self-sufficient adults is a key goal within the small, nurturing community here at ISS International School. The support and care students need as they prepare for their next steps is provided in our tranquil, green environment through the academic and pastoral programmes we offer. With our unique location and small size, our community feels like a family, so come and see for yourselves how the events we celebrate help to join us together!

About High School DP (Grades 11-12)

Our High School DP (Grades 11-12) develops future global leaders through a sound, vigorous and challenging education. The High School DP (Grades 11-12) curriculum reflects ISS International School’s commitment to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. ISS International School graduates enrol at colleges and universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Korea, Japan and around the globe.

For students in Grades 11 and 12, ISS offers the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Diploma Course Programme (DC). Both courses are comprehensive and rigorous two-year curricula, leading to a series of externally set examinations, placing strong emphasis on high academic standards, the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship.

The Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous and very demanding academic programme, designed for highly motivated and determined students wishing to enter highly selective universities. The study of six subjects, three of which must be taken at Higher Level, the satisfactory completion of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, the Extended Essay and the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) programme are all compulsory components of this course. Both TOK and CAS are integral parts of the DP and satisfactory completion of both components is required for successful graduation from ISS International School. You can see more information about the DP and the subjects offered at ISS here.

For students not requiring or not suited to the DP, ISS International School offers the IB Diploma Course Programme (DC). The DC programme is a demanding academic curriculum with a broad and balanced course line-up, which enables students to study six subjects at either Standard or Higher Level. Both Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) are integral parts of the DC programme and satisfactory completion of both components is required for successful graduation from ISS International School. The DC programme grants access to a wide range of universities worldwide. You can view more information about the DC programme and the subjects offered at ISS International School here.

The High School offers a wide range of extracurricular activities (ECAs) and sports and promotes community involvement and service.

Admission to the High School is determined on a holistic basis, with a focus on whether a student will take advantage of and benefit from an ISS International School education.  All applicants are tested for English Language and Mathematics ability and a review of previous school records is required.

The IB Diploma Programme (DP)

At ISS International School, we aim to provide access to the IB Diploma Programme to all students who show outstanding determination and motivation, and who have highly developed personal organisation and time-management skills. To that effect, we provide support for students whose first language is not English, and we frequently give students a chance to prove themselves if we believe they have the potential to succeed. This differentiated support has meant that over 95% of our students on the programme are awarded the IB Diploma, and our more able students continue to achieve top scores.

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The IB Diploma Core

In addition to six academic subjects, students must complete a course in Theory of Knowledge (a critical thinking skills course), write an Extended Essay (an independent research-based assignment up to 4000 words), and participate in the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme. These areas are known as the IB Diploma Core components and must be completed satisfactorily as part of the award requirements for the IB Diploma.

ISS places a strong emphasis on the IB Diploma Core components, as it is where students learn most about themselves and where many transferable skills are developed. Our CAS programme is particularly strong and we offer a wide range of after school activities and community service projects, together with unique service-oriented overnight trips, in order to give students abundant opportunities to fully participate in the spirit of CAS.

The IB Diploma Course Programme (DC)

Students who do not require or who are not suited to the IB Diploma Programme will follow the IB Diploma Course Programme (DC). They will study six IB Diploma courses at either Higher or Standard Level, but do not have to choose a minimum of three courses at Higher Level. The requirements for each chosen subject are the same as those for IB Diploma students and every student sits for the same externally set examinations at the end of the two-year course. In addition, they complete two of the three IB Core components (Theory of Knowledge and CAS programme). Satisfactory completion of both components forms part of the requirements for successful graduation from ISS International School.

Please note:

  • The above subject selection applies to both IB Diploma and IB Diploma Course programmes
  • All subjects offered are subject to sufficient demand
  • Not all subjects are offered at both Higher Level and Standard Level
  • Should you require more information, you can find more details on our learning outcomes & benchmarks and assessment guidelines.

Preparatory Course for High School

The Preparatory Course for High School is designed to prepare students for entry into either IBMYP 4 or 5 (Grades 9 and 10) and subsequently to gain entry into the IB Diploma programme (Grades 11 and 12). Students undergo intensive English instruction at the same time as they learn core secondary subjects such as mathematics, science, humanities and elective subjects such as the arts and physical education.  Students are fully integrated into the activities and life of ISS. By entering this programme students can stay ‘on track’ and are not required to repeat academic years or to enrol in classes with students that are not of the same age. This is in keeping with our core values of nurturing, empowering and offering an inclusive education.

The course is taught by teachers specialised in accelerating English language learning. Teachers use specialised English language programmes that include diagnostic tools that pinpoint students’ areas of need. Progress is carefully monitored throughout the programme so that students maximise their ability to quickly learn the skills and language necessary for entry into the MYP programme.

For more information and enrolment requirements, please do contact our Admissions Team at +65 6475 4188, email admissions@iss.edu.sg or click here.

Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to fill out our Inquiry Form.