Secondary School Blog

ISY’s World Class IB Diploma Programme

Mike Simpson

Secondary School Principal

March 22, 2024

In January, two representatives of  the International Baccalaureate (IB) virtually visited with faculty, parents, students, and members of the Board of Trustees as a part of the reauthorization  of our IB Diploma Programme. 

This visit covered all aspects of our IB Diploma Programme, with meetings focusing on the following categories: Purpose, Environment, Culture, and Learning. The purpose of the meetings was to confirm and expand upon an extensive self-study that we conducted on our IB Diploma Programme. 

We are very proud of our IB Diploma Programme and we were very pleased to have it recognized as a ‘world-class’ program by the report that followed the visit and confirmed our IB status for another five years.

Here is how our program was described by the IB in the report:

“strong commitment to the IB philosophy, culture of learning and holistic development of students.”

“dedicated teaching staff committed to supporting students in all aspects of their wellbeing.”

“students are actively involved in the learning process.”

“safe, nurturing and respectful learning environment.” 

“active, supportive classroom environments.” 

“students experience a caring, inclusive environment.”

“individualized support for students.”

“world-class education that supports and addresses the diverse needs and interests of students.” 

To read the full report, please click here.

You can also click here for the slides that were used to present our Grade 11 and 12 IB Diploma Programme to our Grade 10 students. More detailed information about courses can be found on our ISY IB Diploma Program webpage.

Secondary School Events

Monday: NO SCHOOL (Tabaung Holiday)


  • University Admissions – Navigating Entry Requirements for Hungary, Czech Republic, and Poland: ISY Library (below the Multi-Purpose Room on Floor 1) at 6pm (see below for details)


  • ISY Parent Association Meeting in Room 411E from 8:30am to 9:30am (see below for details)


  • IB Art Exhibition in Multi-Purpose Room (see below for details)
  • Quarter 3 Ends

Upcoming Events:

March 29, April 1-5: ISY IB Diploma Visual Arts Exhibition (see below for details)

March 30: ISY Fundraising Gala at PARKROYAL Hotel from 6pm

April 5: Quarter 3 Report Cards live on Powerschool

April 6-21: Thingyan Break

April 23: Parent – Teacher – Student Conferences (no classes)

April 24-May 17: IB Diploma Exams (Grade 12)

May 3: Parent Association Social (see below for details)

May 8-14: HS (Grade 9-11) Exams

May 28: Graduation

June 5: Quarter 4 / Semester 2 Report Cards live on Powerschool

June 7: Last Day of School.


Last week, a group of ISY musicians travelled to Singapore to participate in the SEASAC Music Festival.


Working with students from other schools and countries around the world they made new connections both within and outside of themselves.  The music truly came alive!  The directors took time to help the students personalize, interpret, and express the deepest parts of their songs.  They came home with tired feet and exhausted brains and memories of a wonderful final performance.

High School Counseling Corner

University Admissions – Navigating Entry Requirements for Hungary, Czech Republic, and Poland

On Wednesday, March 27, at 6:00 pm in the Library (Floor 2), our ISY High School Counselor will present on decoding the admission processes for international students in Hungary, Czech Republic, and Poland, providing valuable insights into application requirements, visa procedures, and strategies for successful enrollment.

Upcoming University Admissions Information Sessions:

April 3: Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong

April 24: Australia and New Zealand

May 1: Securing University Scholarships Worldwide

Activities & Athletics

Here is a link to Mr. O’Sullivan’s Athletics and Activities Blog for up-to-date information regarding Activities and Athletics at ISY.



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