Antwerp, 2 February 2017: Antwerp International School, which serves international and expat communities in Flanders as well as local students, has received the distinction of being authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP). AIS thus becomes one of only a relatively small number of schools throughout Europe approved to offer this well-reputed programme. The IBMYP prepares students aged 11 to 16 for entry into the highly academic and widely acknowledged International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
“Three years of hard work to achieve this mandate has finally paid off and we are extremely proud of this accomplishment,” says Andreas Koini, the Head of School. “We are now able to offer middle year students a curriculum that not only teaches knowledge and skills, but also exposes them to deep conceptual and interdisciplinary thinking. Our students and parent community are already experiencing the benefits of the enhanced programme.”
AIS MYP Coordinator Simon Scoones, who managed the entire process, received the official authorization letter on January 17, marking a milestone in the school’s history. AIS has been offering the IB Diploma Programme since 1975. Once the decision was taken in 2012 to add the Middle Years Programme, the team led by Secondary School Principal Dr. Vinny Sant-Wade and Director of Curriculum David Towe then worked for three years to implement the new curriculum. Students, parents and faculty took part in the verification process, which was conducted by a team of IB inspectors at the end of September 2016.
Founded in 1967, Antwerp International School (AIS) has a long tradition of excellence and offers a world class international education in English. With 35 nationalities represented, AIS provides a holistic and personalized approach to teaching. AIS is proud to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), and is a candidate school for the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).