The Secondary School starts from Grade 6 to Grade 10, for children between the age of 11 and 15 years old.
Building on the strong foundation of the Primary School programme, students at the Secondary School level begin to refine their skills, training for future successes.
In the Secondary School, Excelsior International School offers the Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme (CLSP) from Grade 6 to Grade 8, and the Cambridge International Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Grade 9 and 10.
Students will sit for the Cambridge Checkpoint examinations in Grade 8 for English, Mathematics and Science.
The CLSP curriculum framework identifies a set of learning objectives for English, Mathematics and Science for each year of lower secondary education. The framework:
- Provides natural progression from primary education through the three years of lower secondary education
- Provides a structure that focuses on what learners should be able to do at the end of each stage
- Covers all learning objectives assessed in Cambridge Checkpoint - tests for the final year of lower secondary which are externally moderated by CIE.
- Provides excellent preparation for candidates progressing to the Cambridge IGCSE courses.
The subject-based syllabuses allow for much more than the transmission of knowledge necessary for further study or work. They promote meaningful engagement in real problems, and help develop high-level skills that students can apply in unfamiliar situations.
Using the 'discipline' and approach of an individual subject, thinking about the world can be rigorous and demanding. They encourage creativity, provoke reflection and promote joined-up thinking.
IGCSE is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success.
It is a 2-year programme, leading to external examinations.
The IGCSE is globally recognised as an excellent foundation for study at higher level, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP).
IGCSE encourages learner-centred and enquiry-based approaches to learning. It develops learners' skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving, giving learners excellent preparation for the next stage in their education.
IGCSE develops student knowledge, understanding and skills in:
- Subject content
- Applying knowledge and understanding to familiar and new situations
- Intellectual enquiry
- Flexibility and responsiveness to change
- Working and communicating in English
- Influencing outcomes
- Cultural awareness
IGCSE is taken in over 100 countries worldwide and are widely recognised by higher education institutions and employers around the world as evidence of academic ability. IGCSE is equivalent to the GCSE in the United Kingdom. In some parts of the world, schools use IGCSE as an international alternative to the local government's examination.
Each learner's performance is benchmarked using 8 internationally recognised grades (A*-G). In some countries, IGCSE qualifications will satisfy the entry requirements for university. In others, they are widely used as a preparation for A Level, AS, International Baccalaureate and US Advanced Placement courses.