Secondary School Foundation programme

CIS’ Secondary School Foundation programme, opening in January 2018, is perfect for children aged 10 to 14 who are beginners in English. The aim of this rigorous one-year programme, is to swiftly equip each student with the necessary English skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) so that by the end of the year, they can fully participate in all learning activities with their peers and successfully meet the expectations of the CIS Secondary School curriculum.

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An established track record

CIS has been teaching English as a Second Language to students from around the world for more than 20 years. Our established track record makes us one of the most experienced and trusted international schools in Singapore to offer English Language Learner programmes. We welcome students from more than 70 countries and through our engagement with the British Council to deliver the Secondary Foundation programme’s English curriculum, we are committed to equipping each student with the necessary skills to become effective communicators in English.

Curriculum and areas of study

In addition to intensive English lessons delivered in partnership with the British Council, students take classes in mathematics, science and social studies. This approach ensures no student falls behind in these important core subject areas. Classes are aligned to each student’s equivalent grade level, with a significant amount of time spent towards helping them acquire the necessary english competency needed for each subject. Lessons in study skills and exam preparation are also taught on a weekly basis.

Class sizes are small and students are grouped according to their English proficiency level. For much of the day, students will stay in the Secondary School wing, moving to different rooms for each subject. They remain together for all lessons and join their peers in the mainstream programme for lunch, SMART period, house leagues and before and after school activities.

The number of contact hours in each subject area is outlined below. The weekly timetable can be viewed here.

Assessment and progression to CIS’ mainstream programme

Students are formally assessed on their English proficiency approximately every 10 weeks. Those who satisfy the entry requirements, are able to exit the programme and enter the CIS mainstream programme instead.

Device requirements

Students must have their own MacBook (either a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air) with the latest operating system. Software required is programme specific and will either be provided by CIS or sold to students at a later date.

Before you apply

The admissions section on our website outlines the entry requirements, application process, and fee schedule.


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