Here at Swiss International School Dubai (SISD), we are proud to offer the renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. The IB Programme offers unique characteristics and an exceptional educational experience that we can provide to our students.
Understanding the International Baccalaureate (IB):
The International Baccalaureate is a globally recognised educational framework that prepares students for success in a rapidly evolving world. It emphasises intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and intercultural understanding. At SISD, we fully embrace the IB programme as it aligns perfectly with our commitment to delivering a holistic and rigorous education.
A Comprehensive and Cohesive Curriculum:
The IB programme at SISD encompasses three distinct programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP). These programmes offer a seamless progression, ensuring a cohesive journey for students.
Primary Years Programme (PYP):
The Primary Years Programme caters to students aged 3 to 12 and serves as a solid foundation for future learning. The PYP curriculum focuses on enquiry-based learning, nurturing curiosity, and developing a love for knowledge. Students explore various subject areas, including language, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, and physical education. The PYP curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking, creativity, and an understanding of global issues from a young age.
Middle Years Programme (MYP):
The Middle Years Programme caters to students ages 11 to 16 and builds upon the foundation laid by the PYP. The MYP provides a balanced education that integrates various disciplines and encourages students to make connections between subjects. The curriculum emphasises some key skills to grow in life including thought processes, how they deal with problems, and global mindedness.
Students engage in a wide range of subjects, including language and literature, mathematics, sciences, humanities, arts, physical education, and design. The MYP curriculum prepares students for the rigours of the Diploma Programme by developing essential skills and a comprehensive understanding of different academic disciplines.
Diploma Programme (DP):
The Diploma Programme is designed for students aged 16 to 19 and is renowned for its academic rigour and comprehensive curriculum. It provides a well-rounded education through a wide range of subject choices, including languages, sciences, humanities, mathematics, and the arts. The DP curriculum challenges students to think critically, develop research skills, and cultivate independent enquiry.
Students undertake the Extended Essay, a research project that allows them to delve into a topic of their choice, and the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), which encourages good judgement and reflection on the nature of knowledge itself. The DP curriculum prepares students for university education, fostering the skills necessary for success in higher education and beyond. It’s good to note, SISD students’ exemplary academic preparation through the IB programme has led to their acceptance by some of the world’s most prestigious University Destinations.
A Global Perspective and Intercultural Understanding:
At SISD, we fully believe in nurturing global citizens who are empathetic, culturally aware, and respectful of diversity. The IB programme provides a unique platform to foster intercultural understanding and appreciation.
Through the integration of global perspectives into the curriculum, language learning, and intercultural experiences, students at SISD develop a deep understanding of different cultures and learn to appreciate the value of international cooperation. The IB programme equips students with the skills necessary to navigate and contribute positively to our interconnected world.
In addition to its comprehensive curriculum, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme here at Swiss International School Dubai recognises the significance of extracurricular activities in shaping well-rounded individuals. SISD places great importance on providing a range of extracurricular opportunities that complement the academic experience. These activities, including sports, arts, community service, leadership programmes, and clubs, offer students the chance to explore their passions, develop new skills, and foster personal growth. Engaging in extracurricular activities enhances students’ holistic development by promoting teamwork, leadership, time management, and resilience.
The IB programme equips students with the tools they need to tackle any challenge that they face. It prepares students to excel academically and thrive as responsible, compassionate, and open-minded individuals. The IB programme at SISD paves the way for a bright future, as our students confidently embark on their academic and personal journeys, ready to make a positive and meaningful difference in the world.
If you would like more information on the International Baccalaureate Programme, then please feel free to get in touch with us.