What is an IB world school?

As the only school in Xiamen offering more than one of the IB’s four programmes, XIS is part of a worldwide community of schools. As part of the IB community, XIS shares a vision to empower students with the skills, values, and knowledge to create a better, more peaceful world.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does an IB education differ from a local or traditional education? 

An IB education promotes international-mindedness by helping students reflect on their own identities, cultures, and perspectives and on those of others. IB schools are multilingual communities, founded on the belief that communicating in more than one language is one way to develop intercultural understanding and respect.

How does an IB education prepare students for their future?

An IB education provides students with the knowledge, dispositions, and skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

What qualities does an IB learner demonstrate?

As the IB mission in action, the learner profile is central to all IB programmes and the 10 attributes highlight the focus of an IB world school on students’ emotional, social and physical well-being as well as on academic development.

What skills do IB learners develop?

The same five categories of skills – approaches to learning (thinking skills, research skills, communication skills, social skills, and self-management skills) – apply to the PYP, MYP, and DP, with the skills taught in developmentally appropriate ways within each programme.

How do we assess student learning?

Teachers monitor, documents, measure and report on learning using an integrated, ongoing process. Assessment in the DP provides an internationally recognized university entrance qualification.

How are the three IB programmes similar?

Each of the IB’s programmes provides a curriculum or curriculum framework that is broad, balanced, conceptual and connected. The same six approaches to teaching underpin each programme. In the PYP, MYP, and DP teaching is:

Based on inquiry
Focused on conceptual understanding
Developed in local and global contexts
Focused on effective collaboration
Designed to remove barriers to learning
Informed by assessment

Mary Collins
PYP Coordinator
Tamara Studniski
MYP Coordinator
Nick Potts
DP Coordinator