international baccalaureate

Silicon Valley International School is an International Baccalaureate (IB)  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 the Silicon Valley International 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).

Beyond providing a framework for our curriculum, the International Baccalaureate Programme strives to develop learning profile attributes in students that contribute to their overall success academically and socially-emotionally.


List of 10 items.

  • inquirers

    We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
  • knowledgeable

    We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
  • thinkers

    We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • communicators

    We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
  • principled

    We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
  • open-minded

    We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
  • caring

    We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
  • risk-takers

    We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
  • balanced

    We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
  • reflective

    We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

dynamic bilingual learning

Paired with our inquiry-based methods, Silicon Valley International School offers a dynamic bilingual education. An INTL education isn’t just about becoming fluent in two languages. More importantly, it is about learning through language. Every day, students are immersed in a rich multilingual and multicultural environment that allows them to develop the cultural literacy and communication skills they need to thrive in an international setting.

inquiry based learning

As an IB (International Baccalaureate) World School authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Silicon Valley International School delivers its rigorous and dynamic curricula (Chinese, French, German, and English) through the PYP’s framework of Units of Inquiry. 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.

Inquiry-based learning brings students to be fully engaged by asking questions, reaching for answers, making bigger-picture connections, reflecting on learning, and taking action.

social emotional learning

Silicon Valley International School strives to create a nurturing environment in which students are encouraged to reach their full potential. Guided by the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, social emotional learning is woven into the fabric of the curriculum as well as taught explicitly.