The School’s mission is to create self-motivated, independent, life-long learners, who are well prepared to go on to higher levels of education, and to meet the challenges posed and take full advantage of the opportunities offered by a constantly changing and more interdependent world. Toward these ends, IST’s three International Baccalaureate programmes (PYP, MYP and DP) provide a course of study that stresses the acquisition of a fundamental body of knowledge and the development of the basic skills and conceptual tools needed to gather, organize, analyze and understand the ever-increasing flows of information made available by advances in the sciences and humanities, to derive full enjoyment of the world’s rich human and cultural resources, and to develop healthy minds and bodies. The School’s instructional methods, in keeping with the IB philosophy, emphasize inquiry, reflection, critical thinking, effective communication, intercultural awareness, and appreciation of a variety of points of view. Through both the curriculum and extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to discover their individual talents, interests, and capacities for leadership, and to experience the joys of achievement and of service to others.
We believe that these objectives are best achieved in a supportive environment of trust and respect between the educational staff and the student body, inspiring a general sense of well-being and self-confidence, while demanding accountability and team-work. A primary role of IST’s administration and governing body is to foster and promote this environment.