Upper School

Upper School students learn to think critically, creatively and deeply within and across disciplines while taking on authentic and real world challenges.

Highly qualified and experienced IB Diploma educators guide young adults in gaining expertise in their areas of interest, as they prepare for university and purposeful lives.

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Dr. Eric Sturm Upper School Principal

Video stories

ISP Senior Showcase 2021/22

Extended Essay: ISP Senior Showcase 2021/22

TOK: ISP Senior Showcase 2021/22

CAS: ISP Senior Showcase 2021/22

Learning program

ISP has an articulated PK-12 curriculum, rooted in inquiry, where learners are involved in posing and investigating questions. Our learning program develops students’ potential that enables them to be successful at ISP, as well as in their educational and professional pursuits in the future.

Grades 11 and 12 are IB Diploma years. Students take a mixture of courses that they select (see International Baccalaureate Diploma Program requirements). In addition, those who aren’t doing the full IB Diploma Program have a wide variety of electives from which they can choose. The 2021-2022 Upper School Profile gives more information about courses, and students’ achievement.

ISP students consistently score well above world averages in IB Diploma Scores. Special congratulations to the ISP Class of 2020! 97% of ISP Candidates gained the International Baccalaureate with an average diploma points score of 35 and exam score of 5.50. These scores were particularly commendable given the challenging circumstances the class faced with a background of a global pandemic. More details of the results and those of previous years are available here. Details of the University Destinations of ISP graduates can be viewed here.

Grade 9 and 10

Support Areas

Given ISP has students arriving from around the world with varied educational and life experiences, we have four departments to support learners as needed.

“ISP has encouraged so many aspects of my identity. Freedom and exploration are important to me and ISP enables these while inspiring us to do more. I find it remarkable that the Upper School clubs actively provide us with possibilities to incite and accomplish visible change.”

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— Thanh Mai, Student

“At ISP, I have been taught the invaluable skill of thinking critically. The unique subjects offered, such as Global Politics, have challenged me to apply my learning to everyday life situations. It gives me great satisfaction and a feeling of empowerment to have discovered my passion for politics here at ISP.”

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— Bart, Student

“It’s so important to me that my students can take the ‘textbook’ theories that we learn in the classroom and apply them to the real world. One way they have engaged in that has been through our case study of the Italian and Czech labor markets.”

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— Jeff Penn, US Teacher

“As an educator at ISP, I believe my job is not to be a dispenser of knowledge, but rather a guide helping students take charge of their own educational journey. I support, encourage, and challenge them as they craft their own tools to successfully explore and question the world around them so they grow as competent, compassionate changemakers.”

Photo of — Daniel Saint James, MS Teacher
— Daniel Saint James, MS Teacher