The International Programs School is committed to providing the best education to its students. IPS is accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) and teaching is guided by the Ontario Standards. These standards influence the content and expectations in all curriculum areas. The main framework of teaching and learning follows the guidelines of the IB Primary Years Program (PYP).
Students in grades 7 and 8, continue with the IPS core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language acquisition (Arabic Language or French), Health and Physical Education. In addition, Saudi History and Geography as well as Islamic Studies or Culture are taught as per Ministry requirements. Students take exploratory subjects (one trimester each of Art, Computers, or STEM. In addition, English and Math SAT sessions are provided as a way for interested student to begin early preparation for these examinations.
Alongside the core curriculum, IPS offers a number of specialist subjects. These include:
Art: in the PYP years, art includes practice in the elements of art and artistic design, intertwined with art history. Units focus on particular artists and periods, and emphasize art appreciation. In grades 7-12, art classes are structured around styles and movements of art, and students develop skills as artists in their own right.
Physical Education: Health and Physical Education is offered to all students excluding DP students, and is focused on both individual skill development and team sport activities.
Athletics, team sports with scheduled practices and competitions versus other local schools (interscholastic) or internationally, are an integral part of the educational process at International Programs School. ES (U10/12) is grades 4-6, Junior Varsity (U14/12) maybe grades 6-8 and Varsity(18/16) is 9-12. IPS’ aim is to develop a competitive athletic program yet not lose sight of educational values such as fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork, principles, health, and scholastic achievement.
Athletics should be a broadening experience in which mind - body harmony is created while aspiring to attain physical and mental excellence. It is the nature of athletic competition to strive for victory however victory is only one criterion when determining the success of a season or student-athlete. Guiding IPS Falcon athletes to fulfill their maximum potential is the ultimate goal. Participation in athletics enables student-athletes to prepare their minds and bodies to be thinkers, problem-solvers, and caring risk-takers who are modest in victory and gracious in defeat.
IPS offers a offers a North American curriculum for K-12 and is currently a candidate school for the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) and authorized for the IB Diploma Program (DP).
IPS is an authorized Diploma Program (DP) school and as such it will start offering the DP to grade 11 students. DP courses, offered at the standard (SL) and higher (HL) levels are 2-year long courses which culminate with IB examinations in May of the second year. IPS will offer the following subject choices:
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Clubs are teacher hosted activities held from 2:50-3:50 pm, directly after the regular school day. Club days are typically Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday; special clubs may be offered Thursday. Students are encouraged to participate in IPS’ clubs, which are offered to boys, girls, or a mix of both. Offered in 3 sessions in 2017, club selection may change each session.