Quality International Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is recognized and valued for providing high quality, academically rigorous, globally-focused, progressive international education programmes that are highly valued for gaining entry to and succeeding at university. IB programmes have a profoundly positive overall impact on young people, giving them academic knowledge and skills, a love of life-long learning, and the values and attitudes needed for success in gaining university entrance (including advanced placement), and indeed later in life and work.

The International Baccalaureate is more than its educational programmes, diplomas and certificates. At its heart is the motivation to create a better world through education. The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, life-long learners who appreciate the uniqueness of other people and value opinions different to their own and promote intercultural understanding and respect as an essential part of life in the 21st century.

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International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes

Primary Years (PYP)

Elementary School sets the stage for learning in the Middle Years Programme, which in turn prepares students for the Diploma Programme in High School. We believe that learning is a process of discovery and transformation, realized through pursuing individual passions and encountering new ways of viewing the world. As such, Innova Elementary School students begin their learning journeys in a natural way – exploring units of study guided by our dedicated teachers in an Inquiry-based learning model.

IB Primary Years Programme

IB Primary Years Programme

Genius Time and Project-Based Learning

Each week, all students in all grade levels have time to work on their own personal passions, interests and hobbies or to work on personal projects and investigations. This work is organized using principles of project-based learning and using the design cycle. Students conduct investigations, design and create solutions and then evaluate it. This can take the shape of physical or virtual products and is only limited by the students’ imaginations. Within this independent study focus, students have the opportunity to take action to be entrepreneurial and take action by developing business plans. This can be followed up further through the extra-curricular ‘Business Club’.

Genius Time is an important part of the program that allows students unfettered investigation into their own ‘makerspace’.

Middle Years (MYP)

Middle School is a critical stage in the development and education of students. Between 10-15 years of age, young people experience rapid and profound personal changes. Adolescence is a time when ‘young people crystalize their beliefs about themselves and firm up their self-concepts, philosophies of life and their values – the things that are ultimate determinates of their behaviors.’ – John. H. Lounsbury

IB Middle Years Programme

IB Middle Years Programme

Innova Middle School allows students space to grow while they pursue rigorous academic work. We provide a unique and welcoming environment as students transition from elementary school to increased academic expectations guided by teachers who particularly enjoy working with this dynamic age group. Students enjoy the chance to develop their individual sense of identity, confidence, and leadership capabilities as they prepare for their high school years.

In Middle School, students study the first three years of the IB MYP Programme and engage in a wide variety of extra curricular, leadership, challenge and personal development activities. Students also join in group service and action projects to develop a sense of awareness, responsibility and care for the environment and our extended community.

Advisory / Pastoral Care

A key component in Middle School is the Advisory or Pastoral Care program, which is an essential time for students and teachers to be together. During this time, teachers serve as mentors and have the opportunity to get to know their students outside of the assessed, academic subject areas. The Pastoral Care teacher also serves as the immediate point of contact for general communication between home and school.

A key focus of Pastoral Care classes is on building relationships between teachers and students as well as relationships between students. Pastoral Care time allows teachers from different subject areas to work together to plan lessons targeted at whole-child development. This time enables teachers to get to know students from the whole-child point of view.

Pastoral Care time also allows for incidental teaching of highly important issues that do not always fit neatly into other curricular areas, e.g. bullying, study skills, peer pressure, community and service projects, goal setting and organization. This time also covers health and social issues with Physical Education/Health and other curricular areas. It is also a time when teachers focus on ‘Approaches to Learning’, which support students’ understanding of how to learn, and develop self-awareness and self-management skills. These include the skills of communication, reading and study, collaboration, organization (time-management), managing state of mind (mindfulness, perseverance, emotional management, self motivation, resilience), reflection, research, critical thinking, creativity and innovation.

The Pastoral Care program at Innova aims to be responsive to student needs. As Grade 6 is a transitional year into Middle School, much time in Grade 6 Pastoral Care classes is devoted to helping students with their transition to Middle School and in becoming familiar with the Middle Years Programme. Assemblies also form a part of the pastoral care structure, and provide opportunities for student leadership, acknowledgement of individual and group achievement and developing a sense of belonging to the group.The Pastoral Care program also seeks to ensure that each student has a close professional relationship with at least one adult in the school.

Middle School counselors are a critical part of creating a safe, inclusive and supportive school community; forming strong and trusting relationships with students and families.

Personal Project

This is a body of work that the student creates based on their own interests and passions. It is the culminating piece of evidence that the IB MYP student uses to showcase their development of the approaches to learning skills (ATL’s) and their ability to inquiry in the global contexts. It is completed in Grade 10, the last year of the IB MYP and is a preparation for the IB Diploma Extended Essay in Grades 11 and 12. The results of the Personal Project and Extended Essay are displayed at an annual school celebration of learning.

Service as Action

All students engage in a project or club that allows them to explore their community and find needs within their community for them to take action. These groups fulfil the service requirement of the program and in turn they achieve the programmes objectives which are: personal growth, development of new skills, engaging in student initiated activities, perseverance in action, collaboration and developing international mindedness as they ponder the ethics of their actions.

The Grade 8 Community project is focused on providing a service to the community. This allows students to explore their community and find out where they can take action within this community. The community project provides students with awareness and an opportunity to engage in service learning. This helps them address a community’s needs and from this they develop a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to them taking action within the community.

Genius Time and Project-Based Learning

Each week, all students in all grade levels have time to work on their own personal passions, interests and hobbies or to work on personal projects and investigations. This work is organized using principles of project-based learning and using the design cycle. Students conduct investigations, design and create solutions and then evaluate it. This can take the shape of physical or virtual products and is only limited by the students’ imaginations. Within this independent study focus, students have the opportunity to take action to be entrepreneurial and take action by developing business plans. This can be followed up further through the extra-curricular ‘Business Club’.

Genius Time is an important part of the program that allows students unfettered investigation into their own ‘makerspace’.

Diploma Programme (DP)

Innova Academy believes that education should be much more than the accumulation of knowledge. Learning is a process of discovery and transformation, realized through pursuing individual passions and encountering new ways of viewing the world. The Innova High School program includes the fourth and final year of the IB MYP Programme in Grades 9 and 10 as a foundation for the IB Diploma Programme or the IB Careers Programme in Grades 11 and 12.

IB Diploma Programme

IB Diploma Programme

High School Pastoral Care / Advisory / Mentor / Counseling

All High School students are placed into Homeroom/Pastoral Care classes, which meet regularly. Pastoral Care is an essential time for students and teachers, providing time for teachers to serve as mentors and have the opportunity to get to know their students outside of academic classes. A key focus of Pastoral Care classes is on building relationships between teachers and students as well as between students.

Pastoral Care time also allows for incidental teaching of highly important issues that do not always fit neatly into other curricular areas, e.g. bullying, study skills, peer pressure, community service projects, and preparation of the Grade 10 Personal Project. This time also covers health and social issues with Physical Education/Health and other curricular areas.

It is also a time when teachers focus on ‘Approaches to Learning’, which support students how to learn, and develop self-awareness and self-management skills. These include the skills of communication, reading and study, collaboration, organization (time-management), managing state of mind (mindfulness, perseverance, emotional management, self motivation, resilience), reflection, research, critical thinking, creativity and innovation.

Assemblies also form a part of the pastoral care structure, provide opportunities for student leadership, acknowledgement of individual and group achievement and developing a sense of belonging to the group. They also provide a celebration of student learning and are organized and led by students, thus gaining valuable leadership, organization and production management experience. The Pastoral Care program also seeks to ensure that each student has a close professional relationship with at least on adult in the school.

In Grade 11 and 12, the primary focus of these sessions is on career and college planning and other topics relevant to young adults preparing to begin their university education. Counselors and IB Coordinators support students in their transition to the demands of the IB Diploma Programme and in their preparation for thinking about careers and selecting and applying for universities. The University Counseling Program organizes visits by many universities to Innova each year and also organizes a visit program to selected universities during the summer, supports students attending university summer schools and also provides work experience programs.

Service as Action

All students engage in a project or club that allows them to explore their community and find needs within their community for them to take action. These groups fulfill the service requirement of the IB Programme and in turn they achieve the Programme’s objectives, which are: personal growth, development of new skills, engaging in student initiated activities, perseverance in action, collaboration and developing international mindedness as they ponder the ethics of their actions.

Genius Time and Project Based Learning

Each week, all students in all grade levels have time to work on their own personal passions, interests and hobbies or to work on personal projects and investigations. This work is organized using principles of project based learning and using the design cycle. Students conduct investigations, design and create solutions and then evaluate them. This can take the shape of physical or virtual products and is only limited by students’ imaginations. Within this independent study focus, students have the opportunity to take action to be entrepreneurial and to take action by developing business plans. This can be followed up further through the extra-curricular ‘Business Club’.

Genius Time is an important part of the program that allows students unfettered investigation into their own ‘makerspace’.

Graduation

Innova will award an Innova High School Diploma for all students who meet the Innova High School graduation requirements for credit over the 4 years of high school study (Grade 9-12) and complete the IB Creativity, Action and Service requirements in Grade 11 and 12.

Students who study and meet the requirements of the IB Diploma Programme are also awarded an IB Diploma by the International Baccalaureate. Students who take two Language and Literature Courses (English and Chinese) are awarded the IB Bilingual Diploma (English and Chinese).

Students may also choose not to undertake the full requirements of the IB Diploma Programme, and instead follow the IB Careers Programme or undertake examinations for individual IB Diploma subjects to receive IB Certificates.

While most of the subjects offered at Innova will be IB Diploma courses, a number of other subjects are offered as Innova High School courses.

The IB Careers Programme (CP) is designed for students wishing to focus on career-related learning. Students follow university accredited career courses with Innova Academy partner universities together with at least two IB Diploma courses. Currently, Innova is partnered with RMCAD in the USA to provide RMCAD liberal arts courses designed for students wishing to follow careers in Art and Design. Students following this course option are guaranteed acceptance to RMCAD upon graduation at Innova Academy.

Depending on the choice in study pathways students may graduate with one of the following options:

  • Innova High School Diploma & IB Diploma
  • Innova High School Diploma & IB Certificates
  • Innova High School Diploma

Innova recommends that students consider undertaking the most rigorous academic option possible but also recognizes individual preferences and career goals. The IB Diploma is highly recommended for students seeking entrance into highly selective universities.