Secondary School

Grades 7 to 12

Secondary School at CIS is a challenging and supportive environment, resulting in students who are confident, passionate and driven to succeed. Reflecting our international context, our Grades 7 to 10 curriculum draws from the best curricula globally and is delivered within the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework, while students in Grades 11 to 12 study the internationally recognised IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). As a result, our students develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to remain relevant and competitive in a changing world.

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Middle Years
Programme

Underpinned by the MYP framework, our stimulating and creative curriculum supports each child in reaching their personal potential, and best prepares them for the rigours of the DP programme. Our students think deeply about issues, work collaboratively, solve problems creatively, and communicate across a variety of media.

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In the MYP, students are encouraged to make practical connections between their learning and the real world. They develop understanding in traditional subject areas and see the relationships between them. We help our students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for success in the DP.


Spanning Grades 7 to 10, the MYP consists of eight core subjects: Language and Literature in English or Chinese, Mathematics, Science, Individuals and Societies, Language Acquisition in French, Chinese, Spanish or English, Design, Arts - Music, Drama or Visual Arts and Physical Education. Students are also required to satisfy the ‘Community and Service’ (CAS) elements of the programme.

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Diploma Programme

During their final two years of secondary school, our students study the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP), a comprehensive two-year curriculum that includes coursework and leads to final examinations. The Diploma Programme incorporates the best elements of national systems, without being based on any one. Globally regarded as one of the premier High School Diploma programmes, the DP is designed for highly motivated secondary school students aged 16 to 19.

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Research reveals that universities in the UK and USA have a high regard for IB graduates, and the skills and attitudes developed. Our students have consistently scored above the IBDP world average and in the last five years have been accepted to over 200 leading universities around the world.


Students select one subject from each of the six subject groups, and complete the core three requirements: the extended essay, theory of knowledge (TOK) and creativity, action and service (CAS). The following are the subjects being offered to Grade 11 in August 2017.


Group Group Name Courses

1 Studies in Language and Literature
  • English Literature SL/HL
  • English Language and Literature SL/HL
  • Chinese Language and Literature SL/HL
  • Japanese Language and Literature SL
  • French Language and Literature SL
  • School supported self-taught languages
2 Language Acquisition
  • French Ab Initio/SL/HL
  • Chinese Ab Initio/SL/HL
  • English SL/HL
  • Spanish Ab Initio
3 Individuals and Societies
  • Geography SL/HL
  • Psychology SL/HL
  • Economics SL/HL
  • History SL/HL
  • Business and Management SL/HL
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL/HL
  • Information Technology in a Global Society SL/HL
4 Sciences
  • Biology SL/HL
  • Chemistry SL/HL
  • Physics SL/HL
  • Design Technology SL/HL
  • Sports Exercise and Health Science SL/HL
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL/HL
5 Mathematics
  • Mathematics SL/HL
  • Mathematical Studies SL
6 The Arts / Optional Subjects
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Film*
  • A subject from group 3 or 4

* Offered as an online course via Pamoja.


Occasionally, there are a small number of students for whom the full IBDP is not the best option. These students study a reduced number of IBDP subjects and are awarded IB certificates and a CIS High School Diploma instead. The CIS Diploma is recognised by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and widely accepted by universities and other higher education institutions.

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A holistic
approach

Our house system builds a sense of belonging and pride, and our SMART programme provides opportunities for students to excel and develop new-found passions, whether intellectual, sporting, entrepreneurial, creative or service related. Excursion Week and field-based investigations see our students exercising leadership and learning first-hand about the world’s people, cultures and humanitarian and environmental concerns. Leadership is encouraged across all areas of the school.

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Each day for 40 minutes, students are engaged in SMART (Students Maximising Achievement Responsibility on Time). SMART sees students participating in a variety of student initiated activities that seek to encourage independence and self directed learning. Activities range from academic enrichment and support (eg meeting with subject teachers for additional help) to student led clubs and initiatives such as student council and Model United Nations.

Our house system is designed to build a strong sense of community and pride within our Grades 1 to 12 student body, and helps students develop leadership and teamwork skills. Students regularly participate in house events, and our house captains are charged with helping to foster team spirit and a sense of belonging.

Learning at CIS is not just confined to the classroom. Students participate in a range of relevant and engaging hands-on outdoor learning opportunities including field trips and field investigations which allow them to apply their learning in a real world context. Excursion Week sees students in Grades 7 to 12 travelling to countries such as Thailand, China, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia and Canada to learn about the world’s people, cultures and humanitarian and environmental concerns first hand.

In Secondary, students are presented with a wide range of leadership opportunities. From the traditional student council model with an active and engaged student executive committee, to sporting captains, theatrical leads and peer tutors, student leadership creates value for both the leaders themselves and our student cohort. As they develop leadership skills that are underpinned by our core values, our students are ready to embrace the challenges that lie ahead of them and act as leaders both locally and internationally.

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Communication and assessment

Communication and connecting with our parents is important to us. Curriculum information and assessments are located in My.CIS and we share important need-to-know information through our weekly newsletters and advisories. Coffee mornings, parent seminars and hands-on workshops are hosted regularly, and conferences are held three times a year to discuss each child’s progress. Detailed and descriptive reports are issued four times a year.

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Our teachers use regular assessments through the school year to track each student’s progress. In the MYP, formative assessments monitor learning and provide ongoing feedback during a unit, while summative assessments evaluate student learning at the end of a unit by comparing it to a standard or benchmark. In the DP, assessment takes the form of both internal and external assessment. All final assessment is externally assessed and moderated and leads towards the award of the Diploma.

Our open door policy ensures parents are able to meet with their child’s teachers at a mutually convenient time to discuss any concerns they may have.

CIS benchmarks student achievement (Grades 3 to 10) against NWEA standards and international school norms in an external assessment called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). Conducted three times a year, MAP results in Math and Literacy are also used to identify trend patterns and overall cohort progress year on year.

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