There are two distinct phases of High School, each lasting two years.
In Grades 10 to 11, students work towards completion of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years programme (MYP). There is a combination of compulsory and optional subjects, and assessment is an on-going and essential feature of every course. At the end of Grade 11, students receive a MYP credits for all courses taken over the two years.
In Grades 12 and 13, our students take the IB Diploma Programme which is recognised by universities all over the world. The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.
The course is built around 6 academic areas that enclose a central core. It encourages simultaneous study of a wide choice of scholastic subjects. Students study: Two (or three) modern languages, including their mother-tongue and English; History or Economics; One (or two) experimental science(s)
This wide choice of subjects and themes means that the Diploma Programme is an exacting course of studies, but one that is well designed to prepare students effectively for university entrance. At both levels, various skills are developed, especially those of critical thought and analysis.
At the end of the course, students’ abilities are evaluated by means of external assessment tools. Many subjects also involve tasks that are assessed by the teachers. The vast range of subjects makes the Diploma Programme a highly exacting course of studies, conceived to prepare students thoroughly for university entry. Pupils are able to make their choices flexibly, in the context of the thematic areas: this means they can decide which subjects to study more deeply with a view to future university attendance.
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