What is IB? The IB Approach

The International Village School has established its place as an outstanding IB World School by achieving accreditation in the first two years of establishment.

As a member of the IB World Schools, we implement the IB approach in our teaching and learning. An innovative, and unique method, the IB approach is focussed on the principles of student-centered, holistic, inquiry-based learning. It is an approach that stimulates curiosity and develops an understanding of concepts. It is equally important for students to develop the skills to apply the knowledge as well as understand the concepts.

International Village School is one of the few IB schools in Chennai that has introduced the Primary Years Program and is developing into an IB Continuum School by now adding MYP, which will be followed by DP.

IB Overview

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a global leader in international education—developing inquiring, knowledgeable, confident, and caring young people. Our programmes empower school-aged students to take ownership in their own learning and help them develop future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in a world that changes fast.

Ages for each program

  • IB Primary Years Programme (Early Childhood) 2,3,4 and 5 Years
  • IB Primary Years Programme - Grades 1 to 5
  • IB Middle Years Programme - Grades 6 to 10
  • IB Diploma Programme - Grades 11 & 12

IB Primary Years Programme (Early Childhood) 2,3,4 and 5 Years old

In early childhood, we are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. It offers a nurturing environment that is learner centered, with an emphasis on exploration and inquiry through play based learning leading up to the IB-PYP program from age 3 upward. A foundation for emotional, social, physical and intellectual learning is set through developmentally responsive approaches and a stimulating environment.

Classrooms connect to a large central atelier, where students can interact and explore a variety of materials to stimulate creativity and wonderment. The atelier is designed to engage students in various learning experiences through storytelling, art, imagination and discovery.


IB Primary Years Programme - Grades 1 to 5

IVS is an IB world school offering the IB Primary Years Program. Our constructive approach has a balance of inquiry and guided instruction. Students deepen their understanding of concepts, develop communication skills and engage in higher level thinking by collaborating, investigative thinking, and problem solving through the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) and inquiry-based learning approach. Our Makerspace area promotes creativity to envision, plan, test and iterate upon ideas.

Students have scheduled lessons with the home room teacher for language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies. World languages, Health and Physical Education, Visual and Performing Arts would be taught by specialist teachers, including but not limited to French, Spanish, Tamil, Hindi, Music, Art, Craft, Swimming (off site), PE, Drama and Dance.

Candidacy school *

IB Middle Years Programme - Grades 6 to 10

The IB Middle Years Programme MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

MYP is flexible enough to accommodate most national or local curriculum requirements. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP)

Diploma programme

IB Diploma Programme - Grades 11 & 12

The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, with final examinations, that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success at university and in life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

In the IBDP Curriculum, students must choose one course from each of five subject groups delivering a breadth of knowledge and understanding in language and literature, individuals and societies, the sciences and mathematics.

* International Village School is a Candidate School for the MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that IVS believes is important for our students.

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit