At IST, we consider Service, whether offered to a friend, a class, the local community or the world beyond, to be both an indispensable learning experience for every student, and an expected outcome of an international education.
In alignment with our commitment to our IB programmes, IST’s philosophy calls students to recognize that that they have a duty to the wider community and to the environment. They learn to take part in government, to give service to others, and to work towards a better and more peaceful world. Our commitment to community building and service learning is part of our vision of international-mindedness, an essential part of our programme, and we are proud that IST students across all grades are engaged in meaningful service learning within the three programme framework of the IB curriculum continuum, in the form of PYP Action, MYP Action and Service, and DP Creativity, Service and Action (CAS).
The Literacy Lab is a student-managed learning center staffed by over 40 student volunteer coaches. Coaches provide support for students in grades 3-12 in the areas of reading, writing, note-taking, presenting and discussing in English, Chinese, Korean, French and German. The Lab is open daily during secondary lunch 1:10-1:45 (except Wednesday) and after school 3:10-4:00 pm (except Friday). No appointment is necessary to receive support. Learn more
MIST is a voluntary, student-led organization dedicated to keeping our community informed about news, activities and events in the community and to promoting the togetherness that has historically defined our school. MIST currently has over 30 student volunteers and broadcasts a livestream newscast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the secondary and every Tuesday in the elementary. MIST provides students with an opportunity to learn about media production by offering a wide range of roles, including news anchor, reporter, content producer and engineer. MIST also provides students with opportunities to develop leadership skills by offering tiered leadership roles. MIST currently offers a student supervisor position, a director position and mentor positions for students interested coaching elementary students.