high school curriculum

The rigorous and globally-minded high school curriculum allows students to make authentic and meaningful connections to the real world and transfer skills to a wide range of learning environments. Students explore topics in depth through enriching discussions, group projects, and individual investigations. College-level courses and independent research projects in the IB Diploma Programme prepare students for the demands of college and beyond.

academic curriculum

The International Baccalaureate provides the framework for the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes and is the underpinning of the scope and sequences of every course that is offered at INTL. Courses are divided into two to three units within a semester, allowing students to explore a topic in depth. The statement of inquiry provides general guidance for students and teachers but allows adaptation of the learning experience to match the interest of the students.
Additional IB Diploma courses are available online through Pamoja (approval by the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator required). The course offerings and scope and sequences of courses are subject to change.

the core program

High school students at INTL engage in projects that go beyond traditional school curricula. They are provided with the unique opportunity to grow their self-awareness and understanding of the world around them.

List of 4 items.

  • creativity, activity, service (CAS)

    CAS is an experiential learning component of the Diploma Program. Students complete a wide variety of extracurriculars, community service, and active options to meet and reflect on personal learning goals.
  • extended essay

    This research project begins in Grade 11 and introduces students to the demands and rewards of independent work. Emphasis is placed on personal research and effective communication in order to write an extended 4,000 word essay in an area of personal interest.
  • personal project

    The personal project in Grade 10 is a student-centered practical exploration in which students consolidate their learning. This long-term project is designed as an independent learning experience that puts emphasis on skills of self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.
  • theory of knowledge (TOK)

    TOK, taught in Grades 11 and 12, is an interdisciplinary course designed to help students question and understand how they know what they know. Students study how individuals from various disciplines view the world and analyze knowledge across disciplines in order to develop their own ways of thinking. Read the full TOK curriculum overview.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory policy as to students

Silicon Valley International School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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