Curriculum Overview

 

 

The curriculum in the Secondary School has a dual role: the presentation of information and the guiding of the students’ critical thinking skills from memorization to thoughtful, independent analysis of the material being presented. The curricular content continues to support the IB and Cambridge IGCSE program as well as a liberal arts background that AIS believes to be an integral part of each student’s educational foundation. Using the material in each course, our Secondary School teachers challenge their students to support their opinions with facts and to question the world in which they live. The purpose is to continue shaping responsible young people who will contribute to their society.

Our academic prowess at last year’s IGCSE—100% pass- rate—(75% distinction and 25% merit) combined with our exciting co curricular and sports program, is the basis for our outstanding international reputation.

The Upper Secondary School’s strong college/university preparatory program’s goal is to prepare our students for admission into the best universities in the world. Our 8th to 10th grade students follow the Cambridge IGCSE program and choose up to ten or eleven subjects.

As an IB World School, our 11th and 12th graders will have the opportunity to graduate with an IB High School Diploma. The IB Diploma Program (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students, aged 16 to 18, for success in university and life beyond. It is designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well being of students.

Students entering the Lower Secondary School can look forward to an invigorating curriculum that will broaden their horizons and propel them to achieve their individual potential. Our highly qualified teaching staff is dedicated to providing stimulating, diverse lessons that inspire students to find new ways to engage with subjects. Students, aged 11 to 15, form opinions about political, environmental and social issues.

At AIS, we strive for excellence, and this is reflected in the demanding course load our lower secondary level students are expected to complete.

Many departments at AIS treat Grade 8 as the first year of IGCSE preparation, and students choose which subjects they will study for the IGCSE. In addition, all students attend lessons in Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education (PSHEE), which cover aspects of citizenship. Study Skills, testing taking and organizational skills, researching and note taking and public speaking are also taught. All students attend weekly counseling sessions as well.

The required subjects are listed by grade.

Grade 6/Form 1

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Math
  • Bible Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Drama
  • World Language (French, Spanish, or Latin)
  • Latin
  • Health
  • Art
  • Music: Hand Bell Choir for their performance music requirement and (Chorus or Orchestra)
  • Study Skills*
  • Library Skills
  • Technology Applications (ICT)

Grade 7/Form 2

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • History
  • Health
  • Geography
  • Economics (Introductory Course)
  • Latin
  • World language (French, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese)
  • Bible Studies
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Library Skills
  • Technology Applications (ICT)
  • Music (Students must choose either Band, Strings, or Chorus)

Grade 8/Form 3

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Math
  • Additional Math
  • Economics
  • Latin
  • World language (French, Spanish, or Latin)
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Art
  • Library

IGCSE

Curriculum Overview: Grade 9 & 10

At AIS, we encourage our students to engage in a rigorous academic program. Therefore, all our students will take 6 mandatory core subjects and 2-3 electives to total 8-9 subjects in all. The IGCSE curriculum develops learner knowledge, understanding and skills in:

  • Subject Content
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations
  • Intellectual enquiry
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to change

The courses offered at AIS include:

  • English Language/Literature
  • English – First Language
  • English – Literature
  • World Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Extended Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Humanities/Social Studies
  • Geography
  • Global Perspectives
  • History
  • Latin
  • Economics
  • Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Business, Technical & Vocational Studies
  • Art & Design
  • Drama
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Computer Studies
  • Music
  • Accounting
  • Business Studies

IBDP

Curriculum Overview: Grade 11 & 12

To be eligible for the IB Diploma, each student is required to follow six IB courses, with one subject taken from groups 1 to 5 and one from Group 6 or any other group in the curriculum model:

  • Group 1: Language A ( Language and Literature)
  • Group 2: Second Language (Language and Acquisition)
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: Arts OR One Subject from Group 1

Further, all IB Diploma students must choose

Three or Two courses at Standard level (SL) and the rest at Higher Level

In addition, all IB Diploma students must complete:

  • A course in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • A 4,000-word Extended Essay in a subject of their choice
  • A Creativity, Activity, & Service (CAS) programme

The courses offered at AIS include:

  • Language and Literature
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Ecomonics
  • Business and Management
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Visual Arts