International Baccalaureate

The Primary Years Program 

The Primary Years Program (PYP), from the International Baccalaureate Organization, prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

The PYP curriculum contains three key components, which explains how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment within the program.


ICS believes that all students will develop enduring understandings by demonstrating growth in their ability to generate questions, critically research, analyze information, take action and reflect in an inquiry-based learning environment.    

The IB defines inquiry as… 

  • speculating, exploring, questioning 
  • making connections between previous learning and current learning 
  • researching
  • developing and testing theories
  • collecting data, reporting findings and constructing explanations
  • clarifying existing ideas and reappraising perceptions of events
  • identifying assumptions 
  • taking and defending a position
  • solving problems in a variety of ways
  • analyzing and evaluating
  • considering alternative explanations. 

At the elementary school, we use the Kath Murdoch Inquiry Model to frame our planning around inquiry. The Inquiry Model includes: 

  • Tuning In: tuning-in to students thinking by establishing the known, connecting to students lives, sense of purpose for inquiry, first thinking, first invitation for questions 
  • Finding Out: gathering information from a range of sources- working as researchers- continuing to raise questions-learning to investigate
  • Sorting Out: analyzing information, looking for patterns, reviewing thinking, making meaning, expressing new understandings
  • Going Further: personal and small group pathways of investigation, taking learning further, personalizing
  • Making Conclusions: synthesizing and reflecting, reviewing earlier thinking, identifying changes in understanding, making connections between ideas, identifying what has been learned
  • Action: acting and applying, sharing new learning with others, making a difference with my learning, applying to new contexts, creating/constructing/doing



ICS is a Candidate School* for the MYP in the MS (Grades 6-8) and the High School (Grades 9-10). We are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. which are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that ICS believes is important for our students.

The MYP is a five-year program, encompassing Grades 6-9, and with the addition of Grade 10 in the school year 2024-25. The MYP spans the MS program with years 1-3 being completed in the Middle School (MS) Grades 6-8, and Years 4 - 5 being completed in the High School (HS) Grades 9-10. 

The developmental years from age 11-16 represent unique stages in learning and social-emotional development. The MYP at ICS spans the MS and HS where we cater to the learning needs of each age group, respectively, while maintaining a collaborative approach. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).

Find out more about the MYP.

The MYP curriculum

The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the program. In the final two years of the program, carefully defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.

Read about the MYP curriculum.

Diploma Program 

ICS Addis has been authorized to offer the IB Diploma since 1982. The philosophy and mission of ICS align closely with the IB Diploma Program and recognizes the need for 21st century high school students to challenge themselves, particularly in their pre-university learning in grades 11-12. For many, this means pursuing the IB Diploma. For a variety of reasons, some students will opt for IB Certificates in individual subjects. We encourage all students to to select the best program for them at ICS and beyond, to be knowledgeable, well-balanced and internationally minded citizens when they graduate from ICS.


ICS is a Candidate School* for the CP in Grade 11 and 12. We are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. which are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that ICS believes is important for our students.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is a framework of international education that incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique program specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.

The CP’s flexible educational framework allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of students. CP students engage with a rigorous study program that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills. 

The CP provides a comprehensive educational framework that combines highly regarded and internationally recognized courses, from the IB Diploma Programme (DP), with a unique CP core and an approved career-related study.

The CP develops students to be:

  • Academically strong
  • Skilled in a practical field
  • Critical and ethical thinkers
  • Self-directed
  • Collaborative
  • Resilient and determined
  • Confident and assured
  • Caring and reflective
  • Inquirers