General Introduction to the Secondary School


The IST Secondary School offers a dynamic, academically rigorous and holistic curriculum aimed to prepare students to become life-long learners. From Grades 6-10, students follow the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). In Grades 11-12, students take courses that might lead to the IB Diploma Program and/or IST Diploma. The values of the IB Learner Profile describe the characteristics of model IB students and IST graduates who are good communicators, internationally and globally minded young people.

All students study 2 languages. One of these is English. There are four levels of English language class throughout the Secondary School to cater to each student’s language level. Extra specialized support is available to students in a variety of areas. Students either study their native language or Chinese as the other language. Students also study Mathematics, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Drama, Music, Visual Art, Product Design and Digital Design and PE.

Homeroom teachers meet with students every morning as well as once a week for an extended advisory period to share information and provide pastoral care. A counselor works with secondary students offering further pastoral and college guidance.

To balance their academic program, students take part in a range of extra-curricular activities, sporting, musical and dramatic events. They are related to our school philosophy which places the needs of others, a culture of service and care at its core. Service and Action are an integral part of the IST curriculum. In order to challenge themselves socially, physically, emotionally and culturally, students participate in annual ‘Week Without Walls’ trips to various destinations in China. These trips are also a part of the school curriculum and expose students to the kind of experiences they might not normally have.

Secondary students are encouraged to become leaders. Students are represented by the Secondary Student Council which organizes social and fundraising events and also acts as a voice for the student body. There are many opportunities for Secondary students to undertake roles of responsibility and leadership within the program and also through student-led initiatives.