Curriculum Overview

ISG Jubail offers an American standards-based curriculum capped by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.  We believe our curricular program is ideally suited to help us meet our mission: We inspire innovation and compassionate action.  

The list below illustrates the American standards that we use up through grade ten. These standards were the result of an extensive development effort in the United States informed by: the best standards already in existence; the experience of teachers, content experts, states, and leading thinkers; as well as feedback from the public.   

American Standards

  • English Language Arts - Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Mathematics - Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Science - Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Social Studies - College, Career, and Civic Life Standards (C3)
  • Physical Education - SHAPE America Standards (SHAPE)
  • Global Languages - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Standards (ACTFL)
  • Technology - International Society for Technology in Education Standards (ISTE)
  • Arts - National Core Arts Standards (NCAS)
  • Counseling - International School Counselor Association Standards (ISCA)

In grades 11 and 12, our students follow the rigorous but balanced International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).   The IBDP program focuses on teaching students to think critically and independently, as well as to inquire with both care and logic.  It consists of six subject groups surrounding a core of theory of knowledge, creativity, activity, service, and the extended essay. The program is designed to articulate with university programs around the world, and IBDP students are sought after by prestigious institutions of higher learning. 

All our curriculum has been developed using the Understanding by Design model.  This model promotes transdisciplinary, authentic and relevant approaches to learning.  Units of study encourage active inquiry, promote critical thinking, and move from the concrete to the abstract.   These units are designed to stimulate and challenge students to try on new roles, experiment with ideas and materials, as well as solve real problems. 

From their first interactions in our Reggio inspired early years program to their two-year research project known as extended essay, ISG Jubail students experience growing agency in and ownership of their own learning.  It is all designed to inspire innovation and compassionate action in our rapidly changing world.