The ISZ Secondary is divided into three sections: Years 7-9 IMYC, Years 10-11 IGCSE, and Years 12-13 A-Levels. All three sections use an international curriculum that is rigorous, challenging, and is internationally recognized.
Years 7-9 International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)
The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) helps your students to make meaning of their learning by:
- Linking all subject learning to a conceptual theme
- Responding to the specific developmental needs of 11-14 year olds
- Working towards understanding through a personal and global perspective
Each IMYC unit of work follows a conceptual theme known as the big idea. Neuroscientists say the brain learns ‘associatively’, always looking for patterns and linking to previous learning. In primary schools, teachers often find these links for students and regularly mention links between discreet subjects’ learning.
The organisation of secondary school teaching and learning is often within departments, resulting in students suddenly having the responsibility of finding their own links in their learning. The aim of the IMYC is to help students develop the habit of identifying links in their learning for themselves through linking all learning with the Big Idea. The IMYC links the knowledge, skills and understanding of each subject to the most appropriate Big Idea.
IGCSE (Years 10 and 11)
In Years 10 and 11 students follow courses that lead to International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). These exams are accredited by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
The students take courses in English Language, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, History, Geography, Swahili, French and ICT. The students also take non examination subjects such as Swimming, PE and CPSHE. The students are taught by specialist teachers.
AS & A Levels
In Years 12 and 13 students follow AS & A level courses. A levels are made up of two parts: Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and A2. Normally, a student will sit AS in Year 12 and A2 in Year 13. Together, the AS and A2 grades will make up the complete final A level marks.
Most students will sit three to four full A levels because A levels are significantly more challenging than IGCSE courses. Students also have the option of taking an AS course and not sit the A2 course. This is a good idea if those students who want to learn about certain subjects but do not think they will study them at university.
Each student is continually assessed and tested regularly to track progress. A percentage of the overall mark in some of the courses is made up from coursework, and as such the students are being tested and assessed all the way through IGCSE and A/AS level courses. At ISZ we do not teach to the test, but our students enjoy thorough guidance from their teachers to ensure that they may sit the exams with confidence and competence.
Part of the CIE high school experience is to sit mock IGCSE and A/AS level exams, which are based on previous exam papers. These mock exams are typically given in April of Year 11 and Year 13 in order to assess progress and report expected performance. At ISZ we want to make sure that students are achieving their full potential.
Homework is given to enable our students to practice skills and consolidate knowledge introduced in class. In Year 10 and 11 students are expected to complete 1 to 2 hours of homework a day. In Years 12 and 13 the work outside of the classroom can take longer. We expect the children to complete their homework independently and thoroughly. Of course teachers stand by to be of assistance.