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Secondary (MYP)


The Secondary Division at Shen Wai International School is home to a growing population of inspired, active students engaged in learning both inside and outside the classroom. Our students are led by passionate, highly qualified teachers and supported by a wide learning community.

SWIS offers the International Baccalaureate Organization Middle Years Programme which serves as a framework for students to develop learning skills necessary for the 21stcentury. Students in the SWIS MYP are continually challenged to "learn by doing" and connect the classroom to the larger world. Through integrated units of inquiry and projects such as the Community Service Project, students develop an appreciation of global challenges and begin to understand their role as global citizens.

In addition to a comprehensive curricular program, SWIS provides a strong advisory program that ensures all students have the necessary pastoral support required to thrive.

Students in the SWIS Secondary Division also have ample opportunity to extend themselves beyond the curriculum. SWIS has an extensive after school activity program that includes a student council, music ensembles, as well as engineering, drama, and GIN clubs. Secondary students can participate in both intermural and competitive sports such as swimming, football, basketball, volleyball or track and field.

We invite you to explore our website to discover what makes the Secondary Division at SWIS a wonderful place to learn.


Daniel Legault

Deputy Director (Academics) and Secondary Principal


About Secondary Curriculum

At SWIS the Middle Years Program highlights intellectual challenge and we encourage our students, grade 6 to 10, to make connections between what they learn and the world they live in, preparing them for success in the future. Our program enables students to question into a wide range of topics and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

The students take a broad range of subjects across eight subject groups: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and Health Education, and Design. These eight subject groups are integrated through concepts, approaches to leaning and global contexts.

SWIS subject teachers work collaboratively to plan the curriculum both vertically and horizontally from grades 6 to 10. The content and skills for each subject have been carefully selected to ensure that they are relevant and challenging and that there is continuity and progression of learning. Each subject organizes its course into units of work. For each unit teachers identify key and related concepts, global contexts and subject group objectives. Teachers also identify the specific Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills and the attributes of the IB Learner Profile that will be developed through each unit of work. The curriculum also offers opportunities for interdisciplinary learning when two or more subjects work together on a common concept and skills within a global context. As reflection plays an important role in students' learning, the students will be asked at key points in the year to reflect on the learning process and their own performance in the different subjects

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