High

School

The High School educational program is centered on the student experience, where they themselves play the main role in their learning process. The Classroom of the XXI Century’ and the concept of Blended Learning’ are examples of teaching methodologies that promote the development of social skills such as teamwork, collaboration and leadership as well as personal skills such as critical thinking, logical reasoning, problem solving and a global perspective. In this way, we provide our students with an active, meaningful and lasting educational experience.

Curriculum

The High School curriculum is divided into six areas: Language and Literature (English and Portuguese), Science, Humanities, Brazilian Studies, Mathematics and Computer Science. Also part of the curriculum are Physical Education, Elective Courses, CAS/Community Service Projects (Socio-Environmental Service), and Leadership (Student Clubs and Councils). Portuguese Language, Brazilian History and Brazilian Geography are taught in Portuguese and meet the number of hours required by MEC. All other subjects are taught in English. In addition to the regular curriculum, students may choose to participate in After-School activities.

Personalized Learning

Our curriculum includes elective courses in which students may personalize their learning focusing on their areas of interest. Thus, they may explore different strands of knowledge, allowing them to build a curriculum based on the path they want to follow in their future careers. The courses are taught on a quarterly rotation or yearlong duration, offering a variety of activities that go beyond academic subjects, from arts and technology to political and environmental concerns.

CAS & Service Learning

Most of the CAS (Creativity, Action & Service) and Service Learning Projects happen outside of classroom hours, and include Drama, Sports and Community Service, which help the student to develop proactive, innovative thinking and self-confidence. CAS participation is a required component for graduating at ISC.

11th and 12th graders must complete 75 CAS hours each year to receive their High School Diploma(s).

Language Support – EAL/PAL

Our Second Language support program is divided between EAL (English as an Additional Language) and PAL (Portuguese as an Additional Language). ESL aims to adapt the student who has little or no knowledge of English, using academic content to develop cognitive skills in a second language.

The focus of the PAL program is to integrate international students into the Brazilian culture and society by teaching the Portuguese language and the traditions of the country.

Beyond the Classroom

Classroom Without Walls

CWW is a 2-4 overnight trips outside campus that provides students with learning opportunities outside the classroom, in order to promote knowledge in many areas through practical experiences.

ISC Academy

ISC Academy activities enhance our student’s learning and development possibilities. Academic, Artistic and Sporting After-School activities include Theatre, ISC Band, Media Blast(Technology), Student Council, Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball.

International Baccalaureate

We offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in the last two years of High School (11th  and 12th grade). The IB Diploma is a stepping stone to entry into leading universities around the world, because of its global recognition and acceptance due to the rigorous standard of study and assessment, controlled by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

In addition to the academic areas of study, the IB program is enriched further with three special areas required for all IB students: Creativity, Action and Service (CAS), Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Extended Essay (EE). The IB student is expected to have English proficiency, be highly motivated and self disciplined.

IB Core Requirements

CAS

Involves taking part in theater productions, sports, and community service, and encourages our students to share their energies and special talents while developing awareness, concern and the ability to work cooperatively with others.

TOK

A critical thinking course, challenging students to question the bases of knowledge, where knowledge comes from and how we obtain it. The key goal for TOK is to develop a coherent approach to learning.

EXTENDED ESSAY

Requires students to undertake original research in their area of interest and produce a paper of approximately 4000 words. Students gain the essential skills on how to conduct independent research and writing proficiency that is expected in university and in their future professions.

College Placement

Our College Placement offers support to our High School students, helping them to identify their potential and academic predilections and to choose the university that best fits their profile, whether in Brazil or abroad. This program also provides guidance to the bureaucratic application processes, document mailing to universities and applying for scholarships.