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Overview of Student Learning

IB Continuum

HIS is a truly unique International IB World School that offers both an academic and well-rounded learning experience beyond the classroom. We are a full IB continuum school, serving children of foreign nationals in early years through Grade 12, ranging from ages 2 to 18. 

Lower School 

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) - Early Years, Pre-K, Kindergarten 
  • Elementary School - Grades 1-5 

Upper School 

  • Middle School Grades - Grades 6-8 
  • High School - Grades 9-12 
Chart of grade level divisions at a private international school in hangzhou

An inclusive IB World School

HIS uses the IB Learner Profile as a guide for developing student attributes so that we may nurture the ability of students to use a variety of necessary soft skills including communication, thinking, self-management, research, and social skills. Furthermore, we encourage mindful approaches to resilience, perseverance, inquiry, and being a principled and balanced individual.

Students in Grades EY-5 follow the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Students in Grades 6-10 at HIS follow the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

All HIS students in Grades 11-12 will work towards a WASC-accredited High School Diploma or IB Diploma Programme (DP). Students can also graduate with both high school and IB diplomas. 

General Learning Targets (GLTs)

Our General Learning Targets (GLTs) embody what we want all students to know and be able to do. Every HIS student will demonstrate:


About the Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Primary Years Programme


The Lower School (Early Years - Grade 5) at HIS follows the principles and practices of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). 

Our Early Years program is grounded in early childhood best practices of holistic, authentic learning. That means our teachers are helping our littlest scholars grow and develop their bodies, minds, emotions, language, and social skills. These are supported by our Australian curriculum standards of Being, Belonging, and Becoming within a PYP framework. 

From Grades 1-5, the PYP curriculum is transdisciplinary in nature, which incorporates subject learning of Math, Literacy, Social Studies, Science, the Arts, and Design/Computer Technology within thematic units of inquiry. Lower School instruction is also supported by specialists in the areas of physical education, arts, Mandarin and EAL, learning support, STEAM, and library. 

Learning at HIS takes a global approach; helping children to reflect on the similarities and differences between their home and host countries; embrace diversity, and consider multiple perspectives. 

About the Middle Years Programme (MYP)

IB Middle Years Programme


Grades 6 -10 at HIS follow the principles and practices of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP program has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenge and develops the life skills of students from the ages of 11 to 16. These years are a critical period in the development of young people. Success in school is closely related to personal, social and emotional well-being. The MYP offers students opportunities to develop their potential, to explore their own learning preferences, to take appropriate risks, and to reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity. 

About the Diploma Programme (DP)

IB DP Programme


Grades 11-12 at HIS are authorized to deliver the IB Diploma Programme (DP). HIS prepares students with leadership skills to embrace future challenges with confidence. Our learning program fosters a love of learning and encourages our students to be problem-solvers, innovators, and future-ready. All students will work towards a WASC-accredited HIS High School Diploma. HIS Diploma students must complete a minimum of 26 course credits during grades 9-12 and meet core requirements. 

What is an IB education?

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IB信息视频 (Chinese)

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About the MYP – Chinese.mp4


Learn more about the HIS school-wide Curriculum Standards

Curriculum Standards Chart