At HIS we follow an inquiry-based curriculum framework which was designed to meet the needs of students living in diverse international communities. Using the expectations and learning aims from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme guidelines for content and conceptual approaches, HIS faculty provide learning experiences for students that challenge and extend their understanding for students in high school, grades 9-12.
Grades 11-12 at HIS are authorized to deliver the IB Diploma Programme (DP). The DP curriculum is disciplinary in nature, with students generally selecting higher or standard levels in each of six subject groupings: Language A, Language B, Individuals & Societies, Science, Math, and the Arts. In addition, students have course requirements in Theory of Knowledge (TOK), complete a 4000-word Extended Essay (EE), and satisfy a significant expectation for Creative, Activity, & Service (CAS). While not all students will be registered as full DP students, those who meet all the requirements by the IBO may receive an IB Diploma or IB Bi-lingual Diploma.
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Students take courses in the following subject areas to gain content knowledge and apply their understanding in creative and practical manners:
- Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals and Societies
- Fine Arts and Performing Arts
- Theory of Knowledge
The HIS reality is that students are involved in a variety of activities outside the classroom that extend their personal knowledge through inquiry learning opportunities, individualized research and exploratory learning experiences, and community-based projects. The international mindset is evident in classes as students collaborate in multiple languages using their own cultural perspectives to share insight into the issues they are discussing.