Choosing the Right School

What is the difference between a country curriculum (e.g. US, British, Australian) and an IB Curriculum?

Country curriculums, are based on a teaching method of providing content of information to students to remember and regurgitate of which a percentage of that content is based on the country of origin.The International Baccalaureate (IB) chooses to define ‘international education’ according to the following criteria.

  • Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together.
  • Building and reinforcing students’ sense of identity and cultural awareness.
  • Fostering students’ recognition and development of universal human values.
  • Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster aspirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning.
  • Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas.
  • Providing international content whileresponding to local requirements andinterests
  • Encouraging diversityand flexibility in teaching methods.
  • Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking.
If studying at ISHCMC, how will my child cope when moving back home or to another type of curriculum?

We encourage students to become more knowledgeable about the world. Our curriculum is in line with international expectations and catered to meet individual needs. We focus upon conceptual understanding through inquiry in our challenging, relevant and engaging units. We teach the skills to be lifelong learners in all subject areas. Students will develop communication, research, thinking, social and self-management skills. We develop positive attitudes to learning. We encourage students to show the following attitudes: appreciation, commitment, curiosity, confidence, cooperation, creativity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance. We expect students to take positive action to make a positive impact. We expect students to take positive action in their daily lives and we provide opportunities for students to take action to impact the wider community.

Through the process of inquiry-based learning and the application of the transdisciplinary skills and attitudes. Parents can be confident that their children, learning in an IB curriculum will be able to move back to home country’s or new schools with ease and confidence.With their independent academic skills, global understanding and with mature social and emotional abilities, they will be able to academically maintain their maximum potential and they will also have the social skills to enable them to engage and transition into their new community quickly.