Last week, Grade 8 students wrapped up their Interdisciplinary Unit - Global Issues Global Solutions, which combined their learning and skills from Individuals and Societies classes and Science classes. The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is built to help students connect their learnings between subjects and develop problem-solving skills, and the Global Issues Global Solutions Unit is a great example of interdisciplinary learning at ISI.
HIGH SCHOOL AT ISI
The ISI High School, Grades 9 to 12, prepares students for their college experience and the world beyond.
As Indiana’s only IB continuum World School, the ISI High School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme for grades 9 - 10 and the prestigious IB Diploma Programme for grades 11-12.
ISI has chosen to be an IB continuum World School to provide a holistic education experience for our students that complements our approach to language learning and developing internationally minded students who are more than adequately prepared for tertiary education and making a positive contribution to society.
As the International Baccalaureate states. “Students at International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools are given a unique education. They will:
- be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
- take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
- become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
- be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
The high school starts its day at 8:00 a.m. and classes end at 3:30 p.m. The student-faculty ratio for high school is around 9:1. Classes are small, typically having between 12 and 16 students. In addition to academic classes the timetable contains an X Block period on three days of the week where students can participate in a range of clubs and activities within the school day.
100% College Acceptance
Since the first class to graduate from ISI in 2004, students have annually earned a 100% college acceptance rate.
This success can be linked to the IB Diploma Program curriculum completed by all ISI students in grades 11 and 12. This "gold standard" curriculum thoroughly prepares ISI students to succeed at the college or university of their choice – and 100% of our graduates go on to attend college.
Creativity, Activity, Service
CAS is at the heart of the Diploma Programme. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning. CAS is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity and service defined as follows:
- Creativity - exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
- Activity - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
- Service - collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
Happy Staff Appreciation Week! This week, our entire faculty and staff were celebrated by ISI families, the Parent Association, Board of Directors, and School Leadership for all of their hard work. Thank you to the ISI staff that makes everything we do possible! Keep reading for more information about some of our incredible faculty and staff members
On April 23, the ISI community was reunited for the 2022 International Gala. For more than 25 years the Gala has been a highlight on the ISI calendar and this year’s event did not disappoint. After a two year break due to the pandemic, the Gala returned, refreshed and with an extra special reason to celebrate - the debut of the Chen Family Lower School.
Last week, the Upper School celebrated another successful Timmy Week! With many COVID-19 policies being lifted, spring Timmy Week was the first major event that brought the ISI Upper School community together, fundraising for Timmy Global Health. Throughout the week, students participated in different spirit days, donating $1 each day to dress in a variety of themes, including Groutfits, Anything But a Backpack, and Twin Tuesday.
The High School Varsity Swimming & Diving Team finished up a successful season, full of personal growth and new school records. In the water, the Gryphons returned to the historic IUPUI Natatorium for practices where the team focused on more race pace training and tempo work as well as advanced their dryland training with morning weights and boxing at ISI.
With a team consisting of many first time players, the Middle School Boys Basketball team spent the season building basic skills and team chemistry. The team saw major improvements throughout the season, with some major wins coming late in the schedule