International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers a continuum of international education. The International Baccalaureate programs encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.

IB’s Mission & Philosophy
 At the centre of an International Baccalaureate (IB) education are students aged 3 to 19 with unique learning styles, strengths and challenges. The IB focuses on each student as a whole person. Thus, IB programmes address not only cognitive development but social, emotional and physical well being.

The aim is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people with adaptable skills to tackle society’s complex challenges and who will help to make it better, more peaceful world. Validating the efficacy of the IB’s four programmes are research and more than 45 years of practical experience.

IB programmes emphasize learning, how to learn teaching students to value learning as an essential, integral part of their everyday live. The IB promotes the development of schools that:

  • inspire students to ask questions, pursue personal aspirations, set challenging goals and develop the persistence to achieve those goals
  • develop knowledgeable students who reasoned ethical judgments and acquire the flexibility, perseverance and confidence they need in order to bring about meaningful change
  • encourage healthy relationships, individual and shared  responsibility and effective teamwork

Measuring Outcomes

To measure what students have learned and to monitor their progress, IB teachers use a range of assessment strategies including formative assessments that provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to develop their teaching and by students to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and target areas that need improvement. Teachers use summative assessments which are internationally benchmarked for older students, and are criterion-referenced. This means students are measured against a set of agreed upon learning outcomes rather than graded on a “bell curve” as in norm-referenced assessments.

The IB Programmes at SPH



Primary Year Program or PYP (Grade 1-6) is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning, with an international curriculum model that provides guideline for what students should learn, a teaching methodology and assessment strategies. It offers a framework that meets spiritual, academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs. It serves as an excellent introduction to the Middle Years Program; however neither is a prerequisite for the Diploma Program.



Middle Years Program or MYP operates at some of our campuses, providing a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students aged 12-16 years. It follows naturally from the Primary Years Program and serves as an excellent preparation for the rigors of studies in the IB Diploma Program. The program provides students not only with discipline, skills and challenging standards, but also with creativity and flexibility.



Diploma Program or DP is offered in Year 11 and 12 at all of our K-12 schools. This is an internationally recognized program with academic standards that give students access to universities world wide. Although this program employs a common curriculum internationally, IB requires “all students to relate first to their own national identity-their own language, literature, history, and cultural heritage and indentify with the corresponding traditions of other.” Conceived as a comprehensive two-year curriculum it allows graduates to fulfill requirements of various international educational systems.

SPH Curriculum in Each Campus


International Baccalaureate Progam (PYP, MYP, DP)


International Baccalaureate Progam (PYP, MYP, DP)


Cambridge (up to Gr. 10) & IB Diploma (Gr. 11-12)


Cambridge (up to Gr. 10) & IB Diploma (Gr. 11-12)


Cambridge (up to Gr. 7)

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