THE IB CURRICULUM AT ICS
International Community School (ICS) is an International School in London. We teach the International Baccalaureate (IB). As an IB World School we teach all three academic IB programmes.
For 3-to-11-year-olds we run the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
For 11-to-16-year-olds we run the Middle Years Programme (MYP).
For 16-18 year olds we offer the Diploma Programme (DP).
The IB guides our learning through units of inquiry. These relate academic subjects to the real world. The units have a structure that guides our students to look at topics in a variety of ways. The IB provides IB schools a learner profile. This guides students on how to become well balanced learners. It also teaches students on how to be a good citizen.
How we teach at primary
At the primary school, we teach maths using a stand alone maths programme. Students get 1 hr of maths per day. Students also get 1 hr of English per day. We have developed our own literacy programme. As part of the programme younger students learn phonics. Primary students are tested according to the international schools assessment (ISA). The ISA tests are approved by the IB and test english, maths and science. Our results are well above the world averages.
Academic results at secondary
Learning at secondary is linked more closely with academic subjects. Students learn the fundamentals of each subject. They also start to learn higher order thinking skills. This prepares them for the IB Diploma. Our IB Diploma results at the secondary school are outstanding.
Our points scores for the last four years see us maintain our 34-point average in the IB diploma, well above the world average of 29 points.
All our students went to good universities around the world. This included our top performer going to Oxford University. Last year our students took the new IB MYP exams. These exams are taken on computer and you can link to the internet for research. They represent the future of exam taking.
ICS is more than the IB
Our school is more than the IB. Our trips in the UK and around the world give our students the opportunity for adventure and self discovery. We make use of our central London location. We visit exhibitions in local museums and galleries. These visits fit in with the topics the students are studying. Finally, as a member of the NACE Group of Schools, ICS students will be able to partake in five NACE international events and gives our students opportunities to study abroad for part of their time with ICS.
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