The International Baccalaureate Curriculum

As an IB World School, Halcyon offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) for Grades 6-10 (Ages 11-16), and the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for Grades 11-12 (Ages 16-18). These academically rigorous programmes:

  • encourage students to think critically, challenge assumptions and develop research skills proven to help them in higher education
  • support life-readying learning by featuring interdisciplinary learning and encouraging students to consider both local and global contexts and develop multilingual skills
  • develop independently of government and national education curricular, incorporating research-based quality practice from research and creates a global community of schools

At Halcyon, we go Beyond the IB:

  • students benefit from a holistic and integrated Student Wellbeing programme. Students are supported by Halcyon’s mentor programme which consists of regular 1:1 academic coaching and wellbeing sessions with a member of staff. All mentors are trained in Cognitive Coaching
  • students use our digitally integrated learning as a tool to enhance their learning, organisation, research, and collaboration skills
  • students explore interdisciplinary, multi-grade and personalised learning through Explorations
  • students have the opportunity to manage their own learning and develop their own student voice through Personal Learning Projects

The Mission Statement of 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. 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 Learner Profile

The IB Learner Profile sits in the middle of the IBMYP and IBDP framework and represents the model of student-centered learning. You can read the full descriptions of each attribute. Through the Learner Profile, the IB curriculum is developing internationally-minded people who strive to be:











IB Middle Years Programme

IB Middle Years ProgrammeThe IBMYP is a programme of study designed to meet the educational requirements of students aged between 11 and 16 years. Students are required to study their mother tongue, a second language, individuals & societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical health education, and design.

The IB framework is comprised of the interdisciplinary tools of Global Context, Concepts and Approaches to Learning and Teaching. The Global Context is used to bring learning to life by connecting classroom learning with the globalised world.

The next stage of the framework is three evaluated interdisciplinary elements of the IBMYP that allows students to seek their passions and develop their attributes, by challenging them to apply their knowledge and understanding:

  1. Service as Action
  2. Community Project
  3. Personal Learning Project

The IBMYP is distinguished by the following features:

  • a student-centred approach which fosters the development of the attributes of the IB Learner Profile
  • an international curriculum that fosters learning in global contexts by emphasising communication and language learning
  • an emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and connection to real-world issues and problems of concern and interest to young people
  • an emphasis on community service and action
  • challenging, criterion-related internal assessment

IB Diploma Programme

IB Diploma ProgrammeThe IBDP is designed as a broad, academically challenging and balanced programme with final examinations that prepare students for success at university and life beyond. This two-year programme for students aged 16 to 18 enjoys recognition and respect from, and gives access to, the world’s leading universities. See our most recent offers and acceptances.

Students study six courses at higher level or standard level, ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The programme also has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge:

  • The Extended Essay – independent research through an in-depth study, preparing them for higher education report writing
  • Theory of Knowledge – a course designed to encourage reflection 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, Activity, Service (CAS) – students learn from experiencing real tasks beyond the classroom; providing opportunities for authentic engagement with the local community

Students take written examinations, marked externally by IB examiners, at the end of the programme.