How will ISC blend IB programs successfully with the Austrian national curriculum?

The IB and Austrian National Curriculum

As a state-sponsored, Catholic international school, ISC will offer elements of the Austrian national curriculum combined with the International Baccalaureate (IB) pedagogical approach, and English will be the primary language of instruction.  Students in grades 1-5 will experience the IB Primary Years Program; in grades 6-10, the IB Middle Years Program; and in grades 11-12, the IB Diploma Program curriculum.  At the end of their high school career, students will have the opportunity to receive a diploma that is recognized internationally as well as nationally -- the IB Diploma.  

IB programs complement the Austrian curriculum by providing a holistic, student-centered learning approach.  ISC students will be challenged to meet the rigorous standards of the curriculum through inquiry-based pedagogy that challenges students to learn how to learn.  Throughout their educational experience at ISC, students will be encouraged to live up to the core values of the IB Learner Profile in their pursuit of knowledge and understanding.  They will engage in thought-provoking units of inquiry with meaningful learning activities leading to authentic formative and summative assessments to measure their learning along the way.  During the process, ISC students will always be challenged to reflect on their learning experiences to deepen conceptual understanding.

The blending of the IB programs and elements from the Austrian curriculum will also provide students a broad-based educational background.  Students will study traditional core subjects as well as the arts, religion, world languages, technology, sports, and social-emotional health.  ISC’s whole-day program will also challenge students to develop a balanced character through service-learning and extracurricular activities.  In addition, ISC students will have opportunities to play, socialize, recreate, and eat nutritious snacks and meals during the school day.

ISC will recruit the best local and international teachers to design and implement our rigorous academic program.  Our teachers will be committed to ongoing professional development, collaborative curriculum planning, and educational excellence.  Our students will benefit from the diverse experiences and backgrounds our teachers bring to ISC.

ISC Statute

In the 2014-2015 school year, ISC became a Statutenschule under Austrian law.  During this application process, the ISC Board made critical decisions regarding ISC’s academic program.  Under the organizational statute, ISC will seek authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the IB Diploma Program in time for our first graduating class of students, but ISC will not offer the Austrian Matura.