Secondary School

The Secondary section of International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) accepts students ages from 11 to 18 years of age. We are proud to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) for Grades 6 - 10 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) for Grades 11 & 12.

Secondary School is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a program that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn, how to evaluate information critically, how to develop effective solutions, and how to take responsible action.

The IB Middle Years Program (IB MYP)

The program provides a thorough study of various academic disciplines while accentuating their interrelatedness, which allows students to build connections, transfer knowledge, and develop abstract thought. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum is developed through five areas of interaction: approaches to learning, community and service, health and social education, environments, and human ingenuity (homo faber). These areas help students and teachers make connections between disciplines, and apply learning to their global experiences.

The Conceptual Framework of the IB MYP

Holistic Education: The IB MYP is based around traditional school subjects, but rejects the fragmentation that results when people assume that subjects have no relation to each other. Students are encouraged to look at learning in an interdisciplinary way; approaching issues and solving problems with skills, knowledge, and understandings obtained from a variety of subjects and experiences.

Intercultural Awareness: The aim is to show respect for cultural differences while promoting what are seen to be universal human values, thus fostering understanding among young people, enabling future generations to live more peacefully and productively than we do today. Part of the IBO mission is to help students “understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” This understanding can help students find solutions for issues arising from the differences between people in our globalized world.

Communication: The IB MYP stresses the importance of clarity of expression, of listening to others, and of appreciating different cultures and ways of thinking. Students are required to learn a second language, and in cases where students are attending school in a language other than their mother tongue, the development of the mother tongue is encouraged and supported in school. Communication between students is encouraged and developed, so that students, rather than the teacher, are the centre of the classroom. The enhanced ability to communicate with their peers on academic matters increases student success by bringing students’ social awareness into their learning, and bringing learning into students’ social lives.

IB MYP Certificate and Record of Achievement

All students participating in Grade 10 at ISHCMC receive an IB MYP Record of Achievement. This is an official record, issued by the IBO and is recognized around the world, of subjects taken and the student’s level of achievement in each subject.

Diploma Curriculum

The rigorous pre-university International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) is a two year course offered to motivated students in Grades 11 and 12. Internationally recognized external examinations are taken at the completion of Grade 12, providing students with qualifications that fulfil the requirements of national or state education systems. It is the premier tertiary entry qualification globally, with excellent recognition by universities in almost 200 countries. The IB Diploma incorporates the best elements of national systems without being based on any one.

Students study six courses. These include two languages (groups 1 and 2), one course from individuals and societies (group 3), one experimental science (group 4), one mathematics course (group 5), and one course chosen from the arts (group 6) or another subject from groups 1 to 5.

See below for the ISHCMC IB DP Extended Essays Abstracts from our Graduating Class of 2017.

The IB Diploma Program at ISHCMC

The IB DP is a challenging, broad and balanced two-year programme of international education for students aged 16 to 19. Students are required to study six subjects and a curriculum core concurrently. The program is designed to equip students with the basic academic skills needed for university study, further education and their chosen profession, as well as developing the values and life skills needed to live a fulfilled and purposeful life. The driving force behind the Diploma is a philosophy about the nature of education that is expressed in the IB's mission statement, learner profile and approaches to learning.

The IB DP Curriculum

A distinguishing characteristic of the IB DP is a focus on the whole educational experience of each student. The curriculum framework and its supporting structures and principles are designed to ensure that each student is exposed to a broad and balanced curriculum.

University Recognition

The IB DP has become a leading, internationally recognised pre-university qualification. A student who satisfies the requirements for the diploma has demonstrated independent study skills, developed a broad range of academic skills, studied at least three disciplines in depth, engaged with interdisciplinary ideas, reflected on the nature of human knowledge in an international context and taken part in social, physical and creative pursuits beyond the classroom. The concept of educating the whole person distinguishes the IB DP from many other upper secondary programmes (16 - 18 year olds) and provides an excellent preparation for university study.


Resources:

Secondary School Handbook 2017 - 2018
Middle Year Programme Curriculum Guide 2017 -2018
Diploma Years Programme Curriculum Guide 2017 - 2018

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