The Academic Programme

The academic programme in the Secondary School at ISBerne is organised as follows:

Grades 6 – 10: International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP).
Grades 11 – 12: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP), leading to the IB Diploma.

In addition to, or in lieu of, an IB Diploma, graduating students will receive an ISBerne High School Diploma.

Students in Grades 6 – 10 complete courses in English, mathematics, French, German, integrated science (biology, chemistry, physics), integrated humanities (history, geography), art, drama, music, technology, physical education, and personal and social education (PSE).

Students in Grades 11 – 12 follow the internationally recognised International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. In addition to, or in lieu of, an IB Diploma or IB Courses Certificate, graduating students will receive an ISBerne High School Diploma.

ISBerne currently offers the following IB courses at both Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL):

  • English A Literature; English A Language & Literature
  • French A Literature; French A Language & Literature
  • German A Literature; German A Language & Literature
  • Ab Initio (beginner) German (SL only)
  • Economics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Studies (SL only)
  • Film (SL only)
  • Visual Arts

All IB Diploma candidates in Grades 11 & 12 complete the Theory of Knowledge programme, the Creativity, Action & Service (CAS) programme, and Extended Essay (a 4000-word research paper). All students must satisfy the Service portion of CAS to receive an ISBerne Diploma. Diploma course and ISBerne Diploma candidates do not normally complete the ToK programme or Extended Essay.

The Extra-Curricular Activities Programme

The school offers a range of extra-curricular activities, including Model United Nations, Student Council, drama, Rock/Pop Band, Mary’s Meals Charity Group, and sports (e.g. volleyball, basketball, soccer, uni- hockey, skiing/snowboarding).

Creativity, Action, and Service

CAS stands for Creativity, Action, Service and, as an integral part of the International Baccalaurate Diploma Programme.  The programme requires students to balance their academic programme with activities beyond the purely academic, including creative pursuits, regular commitment to their physical well-being and involvement in community service at different scales, ranging from the local to international.

The CAS programme aims to develop students who are:

  • reflective thinkers—students learn to understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth
  • willing to accept new challenges including new roles
  • aware of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment
  • active participants in sustained, collaborative projects
  • balanced—they enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.