Curriculum at ISHCMC

ISHCMC is proud to be the first IB World School in Ho Chi Minh City offering the full breadth of the IB Curriculum.

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for children aged 3 – 12.

The PYP offers an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework that builds conceptual understanding. It is a student-centered approach that nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. It reflects the best of educational research, thought leadership and experience derived from IB World Schools.

The PYP has evolved to become a world leader in future-focused education. The PYP is an example of best educational practice globally, responding to the challenges and opportunities facing young students in our rapidly changing world.

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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11-16.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge. It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life.

The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three or four year) formats. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).

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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP)

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16-19.

The IB DP is a challenging, broad and balanced two-year programme of international education for students aged 16 to 19. 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.

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Approaches to Learning

Integral to all learning in the IB programmes are the ‘Approaches to Learning’ (ATL) skills. Students develop, practice, and master these skills throughout the entire ISHCMC journey. The ATL skills are the vehicle by which students develop their Learner Profile characteristics, and empower them for a lifetime of learning, both independently and in collaboration with others.

What is the International Baccalaureate?

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation that offers highly respected international education programs that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Schools must be authorized by the IB organization to offer any of these programs.

The IB program has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, instructional leadership and student achievement. They work with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging international education programs and rigorous assessment.

What is an IB Education?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes aim to do more than other curricula. The programmes develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. The IB gives students distinct advantages by building their critical thinking skills, nurturing their curiosity and their ability to solve complex problems.

Comparing the IB with other qualifications

The IB Learner Profile

The International Baccalaureate Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.

They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

The profile aims to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Assessment at ISHCMC

Our assessment principles are in line with the spirit of the IB Programmes. The main purpose of assessment is to improve teaching and learning aligned with our school’s mission, vision, and stated ‘Principles of Learning’: energised, engaged and empowered.

ISHCMC believes assessment is an integral component of all teaching and learning. It has a positive impact on student motivation and self-awareness as learners. Assessment provides regular feedback on the learning process for students by allowing them to demonstrate their learning through a variety of different tasks. The data obtained from assessment is used to inform teacher planning and classroom practice; to update parents on their children’s learning, and to provide feedback for students on their learning progress.

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