What is NIST’s curriculum?

NIST follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework for its curriculum, while also incorporating its own unique courses. However, a curriculum is not simply the content that is taught; it also includes teaching methods, approaches, resources and assessments. For a more in-depth explanation of each of these areas, you can download our prospectuses on our pages for the IB Primary Years Programme (Early Years – Year 6), Middle Years Programme (Years 7-11) and Diploma Programme (Years 12-13).

Are students grouped into classes by ability?

Class placement is not based on ability, but is instead carefully considered to meet the academic and social needs of each student. Educational research has consistently demonstrated that planned implementation of mixed-ability classes results in equal or superior levels of performance. In line with our philosophy of inclusion and diversity, our teachers, administrators and learning specialists work together to place students in learning environments that enrich all learners.

How much homework is assigned?

We believe in assigning homework not as “busy work”, but rather as a means of reinforcing concepts, building connections and practicing skills. The amount of homework students receive thus varies by year, teacher and subject. In general, NIST teachers provide enough work to challenge students, while still allowing time for extra-curricular activities. Additional details are available in the parent handbooks.