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IB Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an internationally recognised programme for students aged 3-19.  The IB programme aims not only to develop students’ knowledge in a range of subjects and disciplines, but also to help them become confident, self-motivated, and resilient global citizens. Through the IB, they will come to understand different perspectives and join a community of learners who want to make the world a better place. The IB inspires students to learn in a holistic way, with equal importance placed on many different yet interconnected subjects. Schools must be authorized by the IB organisation to offer any of these programes.

(Pre-K to Grade 5)   

(Grades 6-10)  

(Grades 11-12) 

A Look Inside the IB Programmes

The IB is a global leader in international education – developing inquiring, knowledgeable, confident, and caring young people.

Why an IB World School?

The three IB programmes at NIS are designed to help empower our students to take ownership of their own learning and develop future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Our  programmes drive our Mission to be a truly inclusive learning community that inspires international mindedness, personal excellence, and creative thinking. The IB also facilitates our Strategy to realise Student Voice and Student Choice and to equip our learners with the tools they need to Burst the Bubble and connect with the world around them. As an IB World School and China's first IB Continuum school, we have offered all three of the IB programmes for over 20 years.

IB Programmes at NIS

students in a group

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The PYP is for students from Pre-K to Grade 5 and focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and the world outside.

The PYP curriculum framework is transdisciplinary and seeks to approach learning in consideration of the whole child through constructive inquiry. We develop students’ talents and agency in the areas of their academic, social and emotional well-being.  

We care deeply about considering our perspectives through the lens of international-mindedness and making connections with our own personal values. Through our Reggio-inspired approach to learning in the Early Years all the way to the Grade 5 Exhibition, we believe in fostering student agency in order to help students develop meaning and personal connections to the purpose of their learning. This takes place within our school’s local, national, and global context. 

PYP on the IB Website

PYP Curriculum Overview

Learn more about our Primary School.

Early Years     Grades 1-5



Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The MYP is for students from Grade 6-10 and provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills, achieved through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects. 

The MYP is considered one of the finest middle school curriculum offerings in the world. It places a strong focus on developing attitudes and values, in addition to skills. This concept-based curriculum explores subject-specific content through six global contexts. At its core, the programme doesn't just offer facts and knowledge, but a deep understanding of how to learn and how to apply that learning.  

All students in MYP are involved in Service Learning which raise awareness of community needs and builds confidence in their ability to bring about change.

MYP on the IB Website

MYP Curriculum Overview

Learn more about our Secondary School.

grades 6-10



Diploma Programme (DP)

The DP is for students in Grades 11-12. It is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a prestigious qualification that is respected by leading universities around the world.

The Diploma Programme is widely regarded as the most rigorous pre-university curriculum and it is accepted by over 2,500 universities worldwide, including leading universities in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United States.

The DP is an excellent form of preparation for adult life, enabling students to be successful with their university studies and future careers.

The programme lasts for two years at NIS. At our school, students choosing the DP benefit from a highly experienced international faculty with a wealth of IB Diploma experience, many of whom are IB examiners.

DP on the IB Website

DP Curriculum Overview

Learn more about our Secondary School.

grades 11-12



International Baccalaureate FAQ

From the International Baccalaureate

Primary School

In our Primary School, structured inquiry takes place from Early Years to Grade 5 as the main vehicle for student learning in relevant, real-world contexts. Through experience and discovery, our students have countless opportunities to grow.

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Secondary School

Our Secondary School focuses on the unique learning needs and developmental characteristics of adolescents and teenagers. Here they transition into higher level learning that will support them through diploma study and beyond.

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University Counselling

Our University Counselling Programme focuses on the overall personal development and wellness of our students.

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