At SISD we follow the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme as a candidate school from Pre-KG to Grade 9 (with grades 10 – 12 gradually opening in the years to come, subject to KHDA approval) and the Swiss Baccalaureate programme from Grade 9 onwards (in the next phase). As a candidate school, SISD shares a commitment to high quality and challenging, international education. Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

The programme from Pre-Kindergarten through to Grade 9 creates, develops and sustains a community of life-long learners and provides a coherent learning experience. The IB Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. It is a programme that encourages students across the world to become active and compassionate learners. 

Our specific French and German Language arts curricula are based on the PYP and MYP programmes and integrate competences, skills and objectives of the Swiss, French or German curricula.
With an emphasis on developing a multi-lingual school community, we offer three streams at our school:
The bilingual programme is generally suited for learners whose mother tongue is English, French or German. However, we will admit children who only speak one of these languages up to Grade 1. Read more here.

How do curricula compare? Find out in the below table:
Age on 31st December  SISD                            UK                            France                                      USA & Germany       
3                   Pre-KG Nursery/FS1 Petite section de maternelle   
4                      KG1 Reception/FS2 Moyenne section de maternelle KG1
5                        KG2 Year 1 Grande section de maternelle KG2
6                        Grade 1 Year 2 CP (cours primaire)  Grade 1
7                       Grade 2 Year 3 CE1 (cours élémentaire 1) Grade 2
8                          Grade 3 Year 4 CE2 (cours élémentaire 2) Grade 3
9                           Grade 4 Year 5 CM1 (cours moyen 1) Grade 4
10                    Grade 5 Year 6  CM2 (cours moyen 2) Grade 5
11                         Grade 6 Year 7 6ème Grade 6
12                    Grade 7 Year 8 5ème Grade 7
13                  Grade 8 Year 9 4ème Grade 8
14                   Grade 9 Year 10 3ème Grade 9
15                  Grade 10 Year 11 2nde Grade 10
16                    Grade 11 Year 12 1ère Grade 11
17                 Grade 12 Year 13 Terminale  Grade 12

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