ISZL is authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) as an IB World School and offers the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programmes. At the High School, ISZL also offers an Advanced Placement (AP) course of study. AP courses offered are audited by the American College Board.
The three IB programmes are linked by the IB philosophy and the common usage of the Learner Profile, a framework of ten learner attributes that represent internationally-minded attitudes and values we strive to develop in our students. These qualities and traits are an essential component of the ISZL mission and vision for academic excellence at the school. The Learner Profile is a foundation of principles that encourage students to develop positive characteristics that will lead them to be successful in the future.
Primary Years Programme
The primary divisions at ISZL offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), which has been developed for schools around the globe for students 3-11 years in age. The PYP draws on research and best practices from a range of national systems and the learning experiences at international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.
The curriculum framework is based on five essential elements: concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action. Together these elements encapsulate the traits of the IB Learner Profile and are implemented through an inquiry-based, concept-driven pedagogy. The PYP strives to develop an internationally minded person. We teach skills and lessons that are trans-disciplinary in nature and add rigor and balance to the learning experiences in the primary school.
Middle Years Programme
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is an international programme for students aged 11-16. It encourages students to make connections with what they are learning in their classrooms to the real world so that they can become critical and reflective thinkers.
The curriculum contains eight subject groups so that students gain breadth and depth in their learning and understanding. Within the ISZL programme students are required to study two languages (English and German) with an option for a third language (French or Spanish), physical and health education, sciences, individuals and societies, arts, mathematics, and design. Additionally, ISZL provides classes to students in English as an Additional Language and Learning Support as needed.
These eight subject groups are connected through conceptual themes and global contexts, which enable the exploration of languages, cultures, personal ideas and global issues. Through the Learner Profile and Approaches to Learning students will develop the skills in communication, research, thinking, collaboration, self-management and personal attributes that they will need during school, university and future careers.
The Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond ISZL. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. Students acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding by studying courses from six subject groups. Students study at least two languages and increase their understanding of cultures, including their own. The unique Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course encourages connections across traditional academic disciplines and explores the nature of knowledge while the Extended Essay programme encourages in-depth research within one academic discipline. Creativity, action and service (CAS), the third element of the DP’s core, enhances students’ personal and interpersonal development.
The College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that students can take while still in high school. These courses are not solely focused on rote memorisation; they emphasise concepts and philosophies that remain with students for life. AP courses are difficult with much course work but provide infinite opportunities for students who are ready for the challenge. Some colleges may offer credit for sufficient scores in AP classes. ISZL students may have the opportunity to be recognised by a variety of AP Scholar Awards from the College Board and past students have frequently earned “AP Scholar with Distinction” and “AP International Diploma” awards. Currently ISZL offers 20 AP subjects.