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PHIS provides a global curriculum and have adopted the philosophy and framework of the programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The IB has provided a rigorous curriculum and assessment for the pre-university students around the world for over four decades in the form of the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma).

The school achieved worldwide reputation in 2015 and has been authorized in 2016 by the International Baccalaureate Organization [IBO] to implement the Diploma Programme, with the first cohort of students commencing their studies from August 2016. The curriculum is fully integrated and provides stimulating opportunities for all students. PHIS have achieved the “Candidacy” status for the IB PYP and MYP. The IB Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes have been specifically developed for young learners and the principal goal is to provide common learning experiences for students in international schools worldwide. These programmes have been designed to be flexible, stimulating, creative and academically challenging.

Our school also follows the Cambridge International Curriculum, International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) Curriculum for Grades 9-10 and Cambridge International AS and A Levels for grades 11 and 12 respectively. IGCSE will be phased out by May 2018 and AS/A level by May 2017.

This year we have introduced Day School for Kindergarten section along with grades 1 and 2.

Our school also follows the Cambridge International Curriculum for grades 3-8, International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) Curriculum for Grades 9-10 and Cambridge International AS and A Levels for grades 11 and 12 respectively.

School Division

Cambridge Secondary 2 offering IGCSE and O Levels Age 14-16 Grades 9 - 10
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) Age 16-19 Grades 11 - 12
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Age 11-16

Grades 6 - 10
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) Age 5-12 Grades 1 - 5

PHIS is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP).

Mission Statement from the IB:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

We commit towards providing the best international curriculum to our students and help them become lifelong learners and global citizens.


IB PROGRAMMES

Early Years

The Early Years curriculum is specifically designed for children aged 3 to 6 years. Children are taught in a facility designed to meet their needs with additional facilities that are developmentally challenging such as appropriate outdoor play area including climbing apparatus, tricycles, a sand pit and sports equipment. Each classroom is equipped with computers and the best educational resources. The teaching staff in Early Years is trained and experienced and learning environments are carefully planned by the teachers to achieve their objectives and meet the needs of the students.

Primary Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education and their future careers, focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is guided by six trans disciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as trans disciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.

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Middle Years Programme

The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global

engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century. Students who

complete the MYP are well prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme. The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the programme. In the final two years of the programme, carefully defined subject

group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.

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IB Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepare students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond that. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. The Diploma

Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving global society as they:

I) Mature physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically

II) Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from six subject groups

III) Develop the skills and a positive attitude towards learning that will prepare them for higher education

IV) Learn at least two languages and increase understanding of diverse cultures,

including their own.

The curriculum contains six subject groups together with the DP Core: Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS); the Extended Essay (EE); and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). The Diploma Programme model illustrates this.

Candidates studying for the full Diploma select six subjects from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours). All three parts of the core—extended essay, theory

of knowledge and creativity, activity, service—are compulsory and are central

to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.

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