The NIST Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework, for students aged 11 to 16 years (NIST Years 7 to 11), builds on the foundational skills students acquire in the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The MYP identifies six global contexts for teaching and learning that link all of the MYP subjects, helping students make connections between their learning and the real world. This holistic framework is further supported by a strong service component that requires students to engage with local, regional and global communities.
During the final year of the MYP, students engage in a personal project that focuses on an area of personal interest and is a culmination of their MYP learning. The personal project helps students develop and demonstrate the NIST Attributes, and it is a key step in their development as independent learners.
Senior students aged 16 to 19 years (NIST Year Levels 12 and 13), complete their education at NIST through the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP). Building on the Middle Years Programme (MYP), this rigorous university-preparatory programme encompasses six student-selected subject areas, including at least one additional language.
Three unique elements represent a core part of the DP experience: the extended essay requires students to conduct in-depth research into a question related to one of their subjects; the theory of knowledge (TOK) course provides a study of critical thinking and ties together all subjects; and CAS (creativity, action, service) brings the student’s learning to life outside of the classroom.
Students who do not wish to pursue the full IB diploma, may choose to study individual courses, or NIST courses. Students taking this route enjoy the full NIST student experience and graduate with an internationally recognised NIST Diploma.
NIST is a member of a nine school consortium offering the Global Citizen Diploma (GCD). The GCD provides students with a credential that highlights the qualities, values and expertise of global citizenship, as well as the opportunity to describe their whole education qualitatively through reflection on their learning experiences.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a globally recognised award programme that encourages and recognises the development of young people. It is open to all young people aged 14-25 and encourages them to set and achieve goals in four different areas: service, physical recreation, skills and adventurous journey.
NIST is proud to offer this award to our students, an award that encourages and rewards students for their commitment and dedication to lifelong personal development. The award is an excellent way for students to gain recognition for their hard work and to get a true sense of personal accomplishment. It also helps to build character and develop leadership skills, all while fostering a sense of responsibility and resilience.
At NIST, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is highly valued and students are encouraged to take part. The award is seen as a valuable addition to our Learning Programme, linking in with and building upon our Expeditions and Service Learning programmes. The award enables students to further develop leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and communication skills, and provides greater opportunity for students to get involved in our local community and develop their own sense of social responsibility.
NIST offers a holistic education with academics, well-being, activities, service learning, and expeditions for students' development.