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Our Approach

We believe in foundational learning

We start with a strong foundation of reading and math in the early grades. We believe in all day Kindergarten. We believe in the science of reading. We believe that a vast majority of children can and should be strong readers before Third Grade, which will set them up for future success.

Strong foundations mean more success in school, stronger relationships with teachers and a pathway for future success. Throughout elementary, middle and high school, each child’s well rounded and rigorous education includes the arts, science, technology, a second language, literature, writing in every subject and science. At Sage, inquiry-based learning sparks our students’ curiosity, encourages them to ask questions, and prepares them to solve problems.

We support and care for each other

In addition to supporting academic development, IB addresses students’ social, emotional, and physical well-being through the IB Learner Profile. Sage International teaches their students to be caring and open-minded to the world around them. Our teachers strive to build meaningful relationships with their students, and encourage them to take agency over their own learning while giving them the support they need to succeed.

Our K-12 schools offer a unique opportunity for students to begin, grow, and thrive within one community and build strong relationships with teachers and peers that will prepare them for a successful future.

The International Baccalaureate at Sage International

The International Baccalaureate encourages students to think critically about the problems and challenges in their lives by asking questions, engaging in dialog, and by being active citizens and participants in their world. The IB encouraged students to engage deeply and thoughtfully with a range of topics. At Sage International Schools we ask our students to be artists, mathematicians, writers, scientists, multilingual, critical readers and, above all, thinkers. As one of our teachers said, “You don’t have to be a mathematician. You have to be a thinker.” We truly believe that at Sage International Schools.

Our approach to the IB at our schools also means we are forward thinking. In 1948, a group of educators set about the task of designing an education that would encourage and equip its students to create a better and more peaceful world. Sage International Schools place this at the heart of our mission. Learning at a Sage International School means that students are expected to grow and learn individually and also expected to grow in their abilities as collaborative thinkers and learners. Strong communities are places where there are shared goals and a willingness to work with others to make a better place for all. Sage International Schools asks all of its community members – students, teachers, parents/guardians – to embrace this mission and contribute to the community.

IB Programmes at Sage International Schools

Sage International Boise is an authorized ‘International Baccalaureate World School’ for IB’s Primary Years Programme (K-5), Middle Years Programme (6-10), Diploma Programme (11-12) and Career Programme (11-12). It is one of only three public schools in the country to offer the full, K-12 IB World School curriculum.

Primary Years Programme

Grades K-5 at Boise and Middleton Campuses

Sage International obtained its IB World School authorization for the Primary Years Programme (PYP – K-5th grades) in 2012. In strengthening and implementing Sage International’s PYP curriculum, our team draws on a wealth of knowledge and experience from IB World Schools around the globe to create a relevant, challenging, 21st century educational framework.

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Middle Years Programme

Grades 6-10 at Boise and Middleton Campuses

Sage International School Boise obtained its IB World School authorization for the MYP in 2018, and Sage International School Middleton in 2024. Sage International’s IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a holistic framework of inquiry learning that encourages students to become creative, critical & reflective thinkers.  This inclusive programme emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging all students ages 11-16 (grades 6-10) to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects & the real world.   The MYP encourages students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways, take active responsibility for their own learning and reflect on how, what and why they are learning.

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Diploma Programme

Grades 11-12 at our Boise Campus

Sage International’s IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. Sage International requires students to study at least two languages, which leads to effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society.

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Career-related Programme

Grades 11-12 at our Boise Campus

Sage’s IB Career Programme (CP) is a two-year endeavor beginning in 11th grade and continues through graduation. During their high school career, CP students complete all coursework required to obtain their Idaho Diploma while also completing IB-specific coursework. In addition, during the 11th grade, CP students learn the personal and professional skills (PPS) needed to be successful in the workplace.

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Sage International Middleton is a Candidate School* for the Middle Years Programme.

*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