Our IB Curriculum

ISH is the only school in the Helsinki area to be fully accredited to offer all three IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students in grades K-5, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students in grades 6-10, and the Diploma Programme for students in grades 11-12.

For details of the ISH curriculum, please visit the Lower, Middle and High School sections on the orange task bar from the homepage.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed to actively engage students in developmentally appropriate learning activities and to encourage and stimulate development of concepts and skills. We use an integrated, cross-curricular approach to learning. PYP at ISH starts with our 4 year-old Early Years programme and goes to 10-11 year olds in Grade 5.

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a curriculum framework providing a broad and balanced education for learners aged 11–16. The MYP is designed to encourage students to make connections between all subject areas, link their learning to the world around them, and become critical and reflective thinkers. At the ISH we offer the MYP as a full 5-year programme from Grade 6 to 10.

High School Diploma (HSDP) and the IBO Diploma (DP) Programmes: All ISH students that meet the ISH graduation requirements earn a High School Diploma that is an equivalent to an American high school diploma. In Grades 11 and 12, all students are given the opportunity to do additional requirements to qualify for the IBO Diploma Programme. Both diplomas are academically challenging and balanced programmes of education. The programmes are taught over two years and have the recognition and respect from the world's leading universities. Those students graduating with the IB Diploma will also receive a HS diploma.