While the International Baccalaureate (IB) program was formally created in 1968, its roots extend to 1948, when French educator Marie-Thérèse Maurette crafted her “Educational Techniques for Peace” that were then shaped into the forerunner to the IB Diploma Programme. Since those formative years, the programme has grown to include a Primary Years Programme, and a Middle Years Programme to complement the DP or Diploma Programme.
All three programmes strive for their learners to be:
- Open minded
- Risk takers
AISM is the first IB school in Mozambique and is committed to integrating the IB framework into our educational process, alongside our guiding principles.
The primary school is a dynamic and creative learning environment designed to meet the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of students. The Primary Years Program (PYP) operates as a centre of student inquiry, engaging students in their learning process and challenging them to achieve their full potential.
The PYP curriculum:
- Develops a child’s natural curiosity through inquiry
- Uses an integrated approach to learning through the PYP framework
- Encourages an international perspective
- Uses the library and technology to support learning
- Develops a sense of responsibility regarding authentic action within the community
In addition to teaching the core academic disciplines, AISM also offers single subject programs in performing arts, visual arts, physical education and the Portuguese language.
As a PYP school, students are engaged in learning through six trans-disciplinary themes. To view your child’s current program of study, please click on PYP Program of Inquiry below.
The home-school partnership is an important part of our educational program and we welcome and encourage parents’ participation.
The Middle Years Programme (Grades 6 - 10) provides a balanced curriculum around traditional knowledge and the relationships between all subjects. The MYP is designed to guide students in their search for a sense of belonging in the world around them. It also helps students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in today's complex and ever-changing world.
Students study eight Subject Groups (follow the links below for the objectives)
- Language & Literature (English & Portuguese)
- Language Acquisition (Portuguese & French)
- Individuals & Societies
- Physical & Health Education
through six Global Contexts:
- Identities & Relationships
- Globalization & Sustainability
- Scientific & Technical Innovation
- Personal & Cultural Engagement
- Orientation in Time & Space
- Fairness & Development
In the final trimester of Grade 9, MYP students begin the MYP Personal Project in addition to their other subjects into Grade 10. This year-long independent project is the capstone of the Middle Years Programme. AISM uses the ManageBac curriculum tool for teachers and students to communicate and track their coursework and projects. Students are issued a username and password to access their personalized pages.
For further information on the MYP components, please click on the MYP Handbook and IB Middle Years Programme circle below.
MYP COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
A two-year curriculum the IB Diploma Programme is offered to students in grades 11 and 12 in preparation for universities worldwide.
The Subjects currently offered by AISM are:
- Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature (English and Portuguese)
- Group 2: Language Acquisition (Portuguese, Spanish and French)
- Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Economics; History; Environmental Systems and Societies)
- Group 4: Experimental Sciences (Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Environmental Systems and Societies)
- Group 5: Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches HL & SL; Applications and Interpretations HL & SL)
- Group 6: The Arts (Visual Arts and Theatre)
A core made up of three separate parts - Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) complete the curriculum.
Students select a subject from Groups 1-5 and then a subject from Group 6 or a second subject from Groups 3 or 4.
Students also have study hall, IB prep and wellness classes.