Section II. How Does The School Celebrate And Reward Success?

A. How Does The Secondary School Celebrate Student Work And Success?

The Secondary School runs assemblies to celebrate student work and effort. Each month, students are recognised for their participation in athletics, competitions and ECAs. Student performances are often showcased, and student learning shared with the larger group. Most assemblies are held for Grades 6 - 10 MYP students. Some are organised by staff and others are organised by the Student Council or other student groups.

In June, the School holds Grade 6-12 Honours Assemblies to acknowledge students who have demonstrated excellence in application, attitude and / or academics.

B. What Awards Does The Secondary School Give?

PLEASE NOTE: At the beginning of the 2021 - 22 school year, the leadership team, teachers and students will be part of a process to revise the awards structure in the Secondary school. This is a student-directed initiative. This handbook will be revised once this process is completed. Below you can find the awards used in previous years.

Semester Awards

  • Honour Role *

Students receive Honour Roll recognition if they achieve the following:

  • Grades of 5, 6 or 7 in every course

  • An A or B in TOK for Grade 11 and 12

  • A satisfactory or above in ungraded courses (e.g., EAL)

  • Satisfactory completion of CAS / Service Learning requirements

  • Satisfactory for works in progress and A or B on Extended Essay; a 5, 6 or 7 on Personal Project upon completion of those projects

  • No Attitude and Application grade below a B

  • For DP only: As above resulting in a minimum of 30 points overall

  • High Honour Roll *

Students receive High Honour Roll recognition if they achieve the following:

  • Grades of 6 or 7 in every course

  • An A or B in TOK for Grade 11 and 12

  • A satisfactory or above in ungraded courses (e.g., EAL)

  • Satisfactory completion of CAS/C&S requirements

  • Satisfactory for works in progress and A or B on Extended Essay; a , 6 or 7 on Personal Project upon completion of those projects

  • No Attitude and Application grade below a B

  • For DP only: As above except a 5, 6 or 7 in every course resulting in a minimum of 36 points overall

NOTE: In the first quarter of a student’s move from Standard to Extended Maths or up a phase in MYP Language Acquisition, the School accepts a 4 in that subject for Honours and a 5 in that subject for High Honours. However, the attitude grade still counts towards the honours certificate.

  • Application and Attitude Grade Awards *

At the end of each semester, students who achieve only A and B marks in this category receive a certificate that recognises sustained commitment and a positive attitude regardless of the student’s natural flair or ability. These grades are based on the following criteria:

-Completing tasks punctually: The student completes homework, assessments and group projects on time. Students who are absent submit the work by e-mail or contact the teacher ahead of time to discuss any difficulties they have meeting the deadline.

-Working independently and taking personal responsibility: The student is organised, comes prepared for class, completes homework, manages time effectively and shows initiative when appropriate. The student is reflective about his or her actions and tries to learn from mistakes.

-Demonstrating commitment and a positive attitude: The student makes positive contributions in class, works diligently at all times, shows motivation, and enthusiasm towards their studies. The student also shows perseverance in the face of difficulty.

-Demonstrating respect for self: The student has good attendance and punctuality to school and to each class. S/he takes responsibility for their actions, behaves in a responsible and mature manner, and demonstrates integrity in their work.

-Working respectfully and productively in whole and small groups: The student is courteous, works collaboratively, and shows respect for the learning environment and everyone’s right to learn.

NOTE: Students with 20 or more unexcused absences cannot earn above a C overall in Application and Attitude and are therefore ineligible for Honours or High Honours awards.

Year-End Awards

In addition to the awards listed above, the second semester awards include:

  • Departmental Awards *

Each department acknowledges students in Grades 6 - 8, 9 - 10 and 11 - 12. These are not necessarily for the highest performing students. They are designed to recognise students who consistently demonstrate one or more of the learner profile traits.

  • Roman Jacobi Award *

This award is named after PSI’s first graduate and is presented to a Grade 6 – 10 astudent who has demonstrated outstanding effort and achievement in the IB Middle Years Programme.

Lady Claire Asquith Award

This award is named after one of our founding parents and is presented to a Grade 6 - 10 a student who has demonstrated outstanding effort and achievement in the IB Middle Years Programme.

Rowland Jepson Award

This award is named after PSI’s first DP coordinator and is presented to a student in Grade 11 or 12 for outstanding effort and achievement in the IB Diploma Programme.

Luis and Alexandra Baqueriza Award

This award is named after one of our founding families and is given to a student of any grade level (6 - 12) or gender for outstanding commitment to community service.

Our Korean community helps us celebrate International Night


AGMThe Annual General Meeting, which is open to all members of the School community who wish to hear a summary of the School’s progress against its strategic goals, as well as to hear announcements for the next year, including the election of new Board members
CEESACentral and Eastern European Schools Association - a coalition of schools in this region that provide athletic and academic activities for Secondary students as well as professional development and support for teachers
CISCouncil for International Schools - an european, membership-based organisation providing professional development and networking opportunities
DifferentiationPlanning for different learning needs and styles
EALEnglish as an Additional Language
ECAExtra-curricular activities - A programme for students that provides them with opportunities to explore the arts, sports, IT, games, academic enrichment and leadership beyond the classroom
ELTEducational Leadership Team (director, principals, deputy principals, IB coordinators)
GDPRThe European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) provide strict guidelines that help ensure that student, staff and parent information - in print or digitally - is kept secure and private.
HODHead of Department
IBInternational Baccalaureate, one of the School’s authorising organisations and the base of the School’s curricular programmes
ITInformation Technology
LPLearner Profile - a key component of the IB that focuses on student attitudes towards self and others. A list of the terms and their definitions is included in all major handbooks
LSTLearning Support Team, usually the appropriate building principal and counsellor, along with the learning resource teacher. This team meets weekly to discuss students at risk in order to create strategies to support their social, emotional and academic growth
MAPMeasure of Academic Progress, an on-line test for students in reading and mathematics given twice a year to students in Grades 3-8.
Mother tongueThe language(s) learned first; the language(s) identified with as a ‘native’ speaker; the language known best; the language used most
MTManagement Team - Educational Leadership Team (see above) plus Business Manager and IT director
MyIBMy IB is the International Baccalaureate's new central location for IB resources and applications. You can access the services you use with one username and password.
MyPSIMyPSI is where parents go to look at their student’s grades (secondary), report cards and standardized testing results
NEASCNew England Association of Schools and Colleges, one of the School’s accrediting organisations
OCCThe On-Line Curriculum Centre is an IB resource for teachers and administrators
OPIThe On-line Placement Inventory is the assessment tool in maths and English used for Secondary student admissions
PAProfessional Assistants, who support the two Principals and the Director
PE / PHEPhysical Education or Physical and Health Education - a part of the EC - Grade 10 curriculum focusing on sports, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle
PRCThe International Baccalaureate's Programme Resource Centre- an online password protected part of MyIB where teacher resources are accessible.
PSIPechersk School International
PTCParent teacher conferences, held in both Primary and Secondary
SLC / SLSStudent-led conferences or student-led showcases, held in both Primary and Secondary. Students present to parents their online and paper portfolios showcasing what and how they have learnt
TATeaching Assistants, who provide support in the classroom for Primary teachers and some Secondary departments
TSTeaching Support staff, who provide clerical support for teaching and administrative staff


ALAdditional Language (Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish)
B.D.P.E.Beginning, Developing, Proficient, Extending - descriptors for reporting to parents and students
CICentral Idea - the overarching conceptual understanding in the Unit of Inquiry
ECEarly Childhood (ages 3 - 5 years old)
HTTWHow the world works. One of six transdisciplinary themes
HWEOHow we express ourselves. One of six transdisciplinary themes
HWOOHow we organise ourselves. One of six transdisciplinary themes
KGKindergarten, the programme for five-year-olds (before Grade 1)
POIProgramme of Inquiry, consisting of the 6 units of inquiry implemented in each child’s classroom during one school year
PSPE/ PHEPersonal, Social and Physical Education - one of the six subject areas in the PYP, Physical Health Education- interchangeable term as PE department is whole school
PYPThe Primary Years Programme
SSSocial studies. One of the six subject areas in the PYP
SSTSingle Subject Teachers. These are Additional Language teachers (Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, EAL), Music, Visual Arts and Physical Education teachers
STPSharing the planet. One of six transdisciplinary themes.
TTTransdisciplinary theme. The Programme of Inquiry has 6 transdisciplinary themes under which the School develops its Programme of Inquiry. Each grade has units under each theme, except for 3-5 year olds (EC), who have four units each year.
UOIUnit of Inquiry. This is the 4-6 week long unit of study in each child’s classroom
WWAWho we are. One of six transdisciplinary themes
WWAPTWhere we are in place and time. One of six transdisciplinary themes
YAAGYear at a glance document that outlines all of the planned learning in each child’s classroom this year

For more information about the IB PYP in general, visit the IB PYP website . For more info about the PYP at PSI, visit the PSI website page


Achievement LevelThe mark given to indicate that the student’s work matches the corresponding descriptor.
AlignmentAgreement in principle and practice among the written curriculum, the taught curriculum and the assessed curriculum
ATLApproaches to Learning are concerned with the development of thinking skills, strategies and attitudes and the ability to reflect on one’s own learning
ArticulationThe logical progression of learning objectives from year to year (vertical) and during an academic year (horizontal)
Assessment criteriaThe standards on which student work is evaluated in all subject areas and in the Personal Project
Assessment rubricA grid that contains levels and descriptors
Assessment strategyThe method or approach that teachers use when gathering information about student learning, for example, observation, open-ended tasks, selected responses
Assessment taskThe activities that students do and that teachers evaluate
Assessment tool

The term assessment refers to the wide variety of methods or tools that educators use to evaluate, measure, and document the academic readiness, learning progress, skill acquisition, or educational needs of students.

It may also refer to the device teachers use to measure and record assessment information and data collected, for example, anecdotal records

Criterion- related assessmentAn assessment process based on determining achievement levels against previously agreed criteria. MYP assessment is criterion-related
Curriculum frameworkAn organised plan for teaching and learning.In the MYP, the curriculum framework includes conceptual understanding, global contexts, approaches to teaching and approaches to learning, and significant content across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
DescriptorsAchievement level descriptors describe the differences in student accomplishment for each assessment criterion and correspond to the achievement level that should be awarded
E- AssessmentOn-line testing and assessment that will lead to MYP Certification. This process should begin at the end of the 2015-16 school year for Grade 10 students only.
Formative assessmentOngoing assessment aimed at providing information to guide teaching and improve student performance. This work is not graded but is reviewed and used to prepare students for the summative assessments.
Global engagementInquiring, acting and reflecting on global challenges in local, national and international dimensions
Grade boundaryThe lowest and highest criterion levels totals corresponding to a particular holistic grade.
Horizontal planning/ horizontal articulationPlanning horizontally involves a team of teachers of the same grade level working together to plan for learning.
IB MYP certificateIB-issued certificate that signifies the successful completion of requirements for the programme; accompanied by IB MYP course results
IB MYP course resultsOfficial IB document that provides a record of successful examination and/or ePortfolio grades for MYP e-Assessment candidates who do not attain the IB MYP certificate.
InterdisciplinaryCombining or involving two or more branches of learning or fields of academic study. In the MYP, interdisciplinary study can be developed both within and between/among subject groups.
Internal assessmentThe assessment of a student’s work that is carried out by a student’s teacher(s)
Internal standardisationThe process by which all teachers in a department develop and ensure a common understanding and application of criteria and descriptors
MYPThe IB Middle Years Programme designed for students between the ages of 11 and 16 years
ObjectiveThe skills, knowledge and understandings that are addressed in each course/project and based on the assessment criteria.
Personal Project (PP)The Personal Project is the culmination of the students’ experience in the MYP and shows their experience of ATL and global contexts. It is completed in the final year of the programme.
Personal Project SupervisorThe member of staff within a school who is responsible for working directly with the student on the completion of the personal project.
SASStudent Academic Support - the combination of class time and pullout time that we use to support students with identified needs
Service & ActionThrough responsible action, tightly connected with sustained inquiry and critical reflection, young people and adults can develop the kinds of attributes described by the learner profile that are essential for success in future academic pursuits and for adult life.
SWWThe School-wide write is a PSI assessment tool to evaluate student writing in Grades 6 - 10. It is given twice a year; students and teachers then set goals for writing improvement.
UnitA series of lessons, focused through a statement of inquiry and inquiry questions, designed to help students achieve some of the objectives of an MYP subject group.
Vertical planning / vertical articulationThe goal of vertical planning is to sequence learning (in terms of subject‑group objectives and ATL) to ensure continuity and progression from year 1 to year 5.

For more information on the MYP in general, please visit the IB MYP website . For more information about the MYP at PSI, please visit the PSI MYP website page .



CASCreativity, Activity, and Service - a required part of the DP
CertificatesStudents not taking or earning the full IB Diploma can earn separate certificates for every successfully completed DP course
CoreThe Core of the IBDP includes the Extended Essay, the Theory of Knowledge Course, and CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service).
DPIB Diploma Programme for students ages 16-19 (Grades 11 and 12)
EEThe Extended Essay, a required part of the DP - a 4000 word, in-depth study in one subject or an interdisciplinary topic.
GroupSubject courses are placed in groups depending on the field: (1) Studies in Language and Literature, (2) Language Acquisition, (3) Individuals and Societies,(4) Science,(5) Mathematics, and the (6) Arts.
HLHigher Level course (240 hours of instruction time). Students must take a minimum of three courses at HL to qualify for the full IB Diploma.
IB DiplomaStudents who successfully meet all requirements of the Diploma Programme earn a diploma from the IB.
Internal Assessment (IA)A piece of subject work that is internally assessed and externally moderated
PSI CoursesStudents not taking courses at DP level can earn credit toward graduation from PSI by taking courses designed, taught and assessed by PSI.
PSI DiplomaAll students who successfully meet the graduation requirements of PSI earn a PSI Diploma. Students may also earn IB certificates or the full IB Diploma in addition to this award. The PSI Diploma meets international accreditation standards.
SLStandard level course (150 hours of instruction time. Students on the full IB Diploma normally take three SLs.
SSSTSchool Supported Self-Taught Language A courses offered/supported by PSI in Group 1 of the Diploma Programme.
TOKTheory of Knowledge - a required course for the full IB Diploma that is also embedded into all subject areas
TranscriptsA record of all semester grades earned from Grades 9-12. This document is usually requested by North American universities as part of the admissions process.

For more information about the IB Diploma Programme in general, please visit the IB Diploma Programme website . For more information about the DP at PSI, please visit the PSI DP website page .