Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement.
IBO Mission Statement
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 organizations 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.
IB PYP Schools
IB PYP schools strive to develop internationally-minded persons in line with the mission of the IBO:
The IB Learner Profile
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB Learners strive to be:
|They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
|They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
|They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
|They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others
|They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
|They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking andevaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
|They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
|They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
|They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
|They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
AIS is a recognised IB World School and it follows the IB Primary Years Programme till grade 5. The program focuses on helping students become problem solvers and inquirers by letting them take ownership of their own learning. We strive to help every student think independently and come up with their own answers. The learning benchmarks adopted by the school are in line with those defined by the NCERT.
Learning to learn
Inquiry based learning
The Primary Years Program (PYP) is an international curriculum that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. In the primary school, AIS uses a Scope and Sequence of learning expectations aligned with the National Curriculum Framework i.e. the NCERT standards. These standards also align with the Common Core curriculum used in the U.S. and many international schools. In this way, we offer a consolidated curriculum that ensures all students are able to adapt quickly to the multiple school system changes that are a part of living in a transient world.
At AIS, we are committed to structured inquiry as the vehicle for learning. Six transdisciplinary themes provide the framework for exploration and construction of knowledge. Teachers and students are guided by these transdisciplinary themes—as they design units of inquiry for exploration and study. Through this process, students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take socially responsible action.
The IB PYP Curriculum Framework
The IBO curriculum framework consists of 5 essential elements that are all transdisciplinary.
Transdisciplinary is the word that IB uses to describe a discipline that applies across all disciplines—it is interconnected and can be applied across all subjects and applied to real life. A transdisciplinary concept stretches across math, science, English, geography and ties it all together; it is not isolated to one subject. For example, the idea of change affects math, science, English, geography—the IB PYP strives to demonstrate this through learning, giving understanding to a real life world.
The PYP recognizes that it is inappropriate to dictate what every child should know in an international community. The PYP has identified themes, or areas of knowledge, which are used to organize the 6 Units of Inquiry, taught from early childhood through grade 7. These Units of Inquiry provide the framework (as opposed to a text book curriculum) for a wide variety of resources to be explored in order to accomplish the objectives within each Unit of Inquiry:
A Unit of Inquiry usually lasts for 4-6 weeks. The objective is to cover all 6 themes throughout the year. For example, during the Unit of Inquiry “Sharing the Planet” students may spend 6 weeks looking at the resources we have in the world and how various countries use, share and dispose of these resources. Students will answer questions like: How do these resources connect people around the world? Or, how are these resources changing and what does that mean for people? These concepts and questions move across all school subjects (i.e. math, English, geography, etc.) and apply to real life and the world around us.
There are 8 fundamental concepts expressed as key questions, to propel the process of inquiry. These universal concepts drive the Units of Inquiry but they also have relevance within and across all subject areas (transdisciplinary).
The 8 fundamental concepts are
There are 5 sets of transdisciplinary skills acquired in the process of structured inquiry. These are:
The PYP promotes 12 attitudes that we want our AIS students to feel, value, and demonstrate. They are the daily expressions of the “Learner Profile” used by teachers in teaching and by students in their learning. We feel that these are the keys to happiness and success as a person.
AIS students are encouraged to reflect, to make informed choices and to take action that will help their peers, school staff, and the wider community. This is how our students demonstrate a deeper sense of learning, by applying their knowledge to service and positive action.
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SCOPES & SEQUENCES
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RULES & REGULATIONS
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Cambridge Lower Secondary is typically for learners aged 11 to 14 years. It helps prepare the students for the next step of their education, providing a clear path as they progress through the Cambridge Pathway in an age-appropriate way. It offers a broad and a balanced curriculum.
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We have shaped the curriculum around how we want our students to learn. The curriculum is flexible, so we are able to combine the subjects available and adapt the content to suit our context, culture and ethos. We are offering Cambridge Lower Secondary alongside our national curriculum. The students will be offered English, Mathematics and Science from Cambridge Lower Secondary. They continue learning Hindi, Gujarati, Social Studies and ICT as part of the NCERT curriculum.
Assessment at AIS
Five elements lie at the heart of a Cambridge education: international curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment, international recognition and global community.
Assessment for Cambridge Lower Secondary includes written and oral assessments along with coursework and practical assessment. It includes deep subject knowledge, conceptual understanding, and higher level thinking skills.
Each learner’s performance is benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades. There are clear guidelines which explain the standard of achievement for different grades. Cambridge Lower Secondary examination sessions at AIS are held twice in a year.
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The Middle School Years are a time of rapid growth and development. As students, it is exciting to be much more independent and have a lot more responsibilities. During these years, our focus is to help our students find their passions by setting higher expectations, encouraging new challenges, and providing new learning opportunities.
For Grades 8 to 10 we follow the CAIE-IGCSE program.
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Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, leading to the globally acclaimed Cambridge IGCSE qualifications. The program is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide. It is part of the Cambridge Secondary 2 stage.
Cambridge IGCSE is focussed on developing learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:
Schools worldwide have been involved in the development of Cambridge IGCSE. The syllabuses are international in outlook, but retain a local relevance. They have been created specifically for an international student body and avoid cultural bias.
Subjects offered at AIS
Students pursuing the IGCSE curriculum are offered the following subject choices
Assessment for Cambridge IGCSE includes written and oral tests, coursework and practical assessment.
In most subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities. Each learner’s performance is benchmarked using eight internationally recognised grades. There are clear guidelines which explain the standard of achievement for different grades. Cambridge IGCSE examination sessions at AIS are held once a year in the month of March.
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AIS is recognised by the Gujarat State Board to implement its SSC program. Students study 6 subjects – Math, Hindi, Science, Social Studies, Gujarati, and Computer Science – from grades 8 to 10 and appear for the board exams at the completion of grade 10.
For grades 8, 9 & 10, AIS follows the guidelines set by Gujarat State Education Board. The curriculum and assessment is as per the regulations laid by Gujarat State Education Board.
The High School Program at AIS focuses on future-readiness and helping students put their best foot forward for the next stage of their life. Students can choose to pursue the IB Diploma Programme, Cambridge AS & A levels program, or the Gujarat State Board HSC program. Students have the option to choose from a wide range of subject offerings allowing them to apply for the college of their choice.
AIS is also a certified test centre for College Board AP exams and all AP exams are conducted within the school premises itself.
The Diploma Programme offered by the IB is an assessed program for students aged 16 to 19. The Programme, respected by universities across the globe, focuses on developing students who:
The DP curriculum is made of the DP Core and the six subject groups.
Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenges them to apply their knowledge and skills. The three core elements are:
The six subject groups are:
Choosing subjects in the diploma program
Students choose courses from the above mentioned 6 subject subject groups. Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.
Students take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.
Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.
Subject choices offered at AIS
Group 1 Language A1
Group 2 Second language (students select any one)
Group 3 Individuals & Societies
Group 4 Experimental Sciences
Group 5 Mathematics
Group 6 The Arts
IBDP General Rules
IB Diploma Programme students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5.
In addition the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.
The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.
The curriculum is modelled by a hexagon with six academic areas surrounding the three core requirements.
Over the course of the two-year programme, students
Theory of knowledge
The theory of knowledge (TOK) requirement is central to the educational philosophy of the Diploma Programme.
It offers students and their teachers the opportunity to
As a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions. The most central of these is “How do we know?”
It is a stated aim of TOK that students should become aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases, regardless of whether, ultimately, these biases are retained, revised or rejected.
TOK also has an important role to play in providing coherence for the student as it transcends and links academic subject areas, thus demonstrating the ways in which they can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility.
The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper. As a required component, it provides:
Emphasis is placed on the research process
Participation in this process develops the capacity to
At AIS, the students are supported throughout the process with advice and guidance from a supervisor (usually a teacher at the school).
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
The CAS requirement is a fundamental part of the programme and takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies.
Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities for the equivalent of at least three hours each week during the two years of the programme.
A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of CAS participation to themselves and to others, and to evaluate the understanding and insights acquired.
Thousands of learners across the world gain places at leading universities in UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia every year with Cambridge International AS & A Levels. The syllabi aim to develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills. They are part of the Cambridge Advanced stage. Some US universities give up to a year’s credit to students who have completed the AS & A levels.
Cambridge International AS & A Level develops learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills in:
Students find Cambridge International AS and A Levels very flexible. We, at AIS, offer the following subjects:
We offer 2 assessment options for students choosing to study the AS & A levels program.
Take all A Level exams in the same examination session, usually at the end of the second year of study.
Take a ‘staged’ assessment route – take the Cambridge International AS Level in one examination session and complete the final Cambridge International A Level at a subsequent session. The staged assessment route is not possible in all subjects. The outcomes awarded for Cambridge International AS Level language syllabuses cannot be carried forward to Cambridge International A Level.
Cambridge International AS and A Level examination sessions are held once a year in the month of March.
Cambridge International AS and A Levels use a wide range of assessment processes and techniques to supplement formal written examinations – orals, practicals, projects and coursework of differing types are all used in various subjects where they are the most effective and appropriate means of measuring attainment.
AIS is recognised by the Gujarat Higher Secondary Education Board to implement its HSC program. Students at AIS have option to choose from all 3 streams – Commerce, Science, and Arts. Students appear for board exams at the completion of Grade 12.
The curriculum and assessment followed by the school is as per the regulations laid down by the GHSEB from time to time.
At AIS, technology is not a tool, it is an environment. We believe that technology, if used in the right way, can transform the school experience. We embrace technology with enthusiasm always bearing in mind that technology can never replace human relationships or experiential, in-person learning.
Technology for Personalised Learning
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AIS is a recognised IB World School, and follows the IB-PYP program from Grades 1 to 5. The program focuses on helping students become problem solvers and inquirers by letting them take ownership of their learning. The program strives to help every student think independently and come up with their own answers.
Cambridge Lower Secondary provides a strong foundation for students at the beginning of their middle schooling before progressing through the Cambridge IGCSE Program in an age appropriate way. It provides broad and balanced study across a wide range of subjects, using learner-centred and inquiry-based approaches to learning.
The IGCSE program by Cambridge is the world’s most popular international qualification for 13 to 16 year olds. The program is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and offers a flexible combination of subject choices. AIS students have the option to choose from more than 10 subject choices.Learn More
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