Inquiry-based Learning

Inquiry-based learning is an approach to education in which students are fully engaged by asking questions, reaching for answers, making bigger-picture connections, reflecting on learning, and taking action.

Teachers in INTL's IB Primary Years and Middle Years Programme facilitate the understanding of specific content and skills outlined in our curricula, but in ways that allow students to connect, be curious about, and build their own understanding of the content and skills through a deeper grasp of concepts. This unique educational approach prepares students for the rigor and demands of the world-renowned IB Diploma Programme taught in grades 11 and 12.

six units of inquiry

As an IB (International Baccalaureate) World School, Silicon Valley International School delivers its rigorous and dynamic curricula (French, Chinese, German, and English) through frameworks such as the Primary Years Programme (PYP)'s Units of Inquiry (for grades preschool-5th). The six Units of Inquiry are based on global themes that provide conceptual connections across subject areas, such as Who We Are, How the World Works, and Where We Are in Place and Time.

List of 6 items.

  • how we organize ourselves

  • sharing the planet

  • who we are

  • where we are in place and time

  • how express ourselves

  • how the world works

International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

Silicon Valley International School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School World School, authorized to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP)*. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Silicon Valley International School believes is important for our students.
*In August 2020, INTL announced a merger with Alto International School, who is authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme (DP).