There are two main reasons why ISN chose the IB curriculum. The first reason is that through the IB curriculum, we can develop a more wide ranging programme of study. Before joining the IB system, ISN’s values were already in accordance with those of IB, making the transition to the IB curriculum a natural process. By being part of the IB system, ISN is involved in an educational network that includes the world’s top schools and teachers. This global network unites schools and teachers in their shared goal of putting the needs of students first. Having such a broad network of educators allows the teachers at ISN to learn and develop alongside colleagues who work in a variety of cultures and settings. This allows ISN’s programme to be developed not only in collaboration with all school staff, but also with international experts, each with their own unique experience to add. The second reason ISN chose the IB system is related to the flexibility of IB in adapting to rapidly changing global and educational developments. This is because of the close ties with the world’s top educational establishments. Furthermore, thanks to these relationships, teachers can receive up-to-date progress reports from their colleagues around the world, meaning techniques are always well-tested and constantly updated. This ability to always be flexible in creating teaching techniques and topics means teachers are empowered by the latest knowledge and research, resulting in highly motivated, highly skilled teaching professionals.
What is the IB program?
IB is an international education program provided by the international baccalaureate organization. In order to face the challenges of society, a comprehensive standardized program was created in 1968. This program would enable students to understand the complexities of society, and to develop into responsible, skillful adults with the ability to cope with future challenges. It is now an internationally recognized university entrance examination. Presently, this institution conducts rigorous examinations and awards certifications of education recognized around the world. IB is a program made by gathering ideas from countries all over the world with the goal of education. Great emphasis is placed on discovery, research and experimentation. Both inside the classroom, in the home as well as outdoors. An attitude of spontaneous learning is greatly encouraged. Japan IB Proof of Certification (Ministry of Education)
Primary Years Program (PYP)※ISN is a PYP contender school. Preschool〜G5 Elementary Education Course（6 year curriculum) This program focuses on the physical and intellectual development of students ages 3-12. This program is also offered in different languages. Starting from an early age, this program is shaped after the IB program. It is geared towards improving social skills, learning capabilities and overall interpersonal skills.
Middle Years Program (MYP) This program focuses on learning about how the material learned thus far, connects to current society (Ages 11-16). This program is also offered in different languages. In what manner do we handle learning? These small learners are balanced and develop activities independently. This program was established in 1994.
Diploma Program（DP） This is a program for adolescents ages 16-19. It is a fixed curriculum which is completed over 2 years. When students pass the end of curriculum test, they receive the qualifications necessary to enter prestigious colleges. This program may be implemented in English, French, and Spanish. Established in 1969.
Career Program (CP） Through this professional career education program, students ages 16-19 are able to develop and practice essential skills that will help them decide a career path. Certain subjects are offered in English, French, and Spanish. Established in 2012.
The biggest advantage of IB is its way of teaching. Instead of just teaching, it encourages question asking, and coming up with different ways to solve problems. Through PYP, teachers do not only evaluate students’ learning through testing, but through a variety of methods. Therefore, students will get the opportunity to evaluate their own development, and their place in the world. Teachers are expected to help each student evaluate their humanity and roles in society completely.
IB students take ownership of their learning. They set personal goals, reflect on their learning and are given opportunities to self-evaluate.
IB students are nurtured into becoming well-rounded individuals with an international outlook.
IB students are encouraged consistently to undertake constructive action in their communities.
IB students respond to the high standards and expectations of the PYP.
The PYP provides opportunities to include parents and other members of the community in the learning process.
The PYP creates a common framework for schools and students around the world. As a result, families can move easily from ISN to a PYP school anywhere in the world and know that the learning philosophies and values will remain consistent.