Cubahiro International School prides itself on its engaging, detailed, relevant, significant, crystal-clear and learner-centered curriculum. With Albert Einstein’s quote in mind: “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think”, CIS curriculum was designed to be sufficiently challenging enough for each grade level students to develop higher critical thinking skills within subject disciplines, to form not only ordered and coherent but also relevant arguments and to be able to confidently and innovatively present them well. Our curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child and was particularly created to prepare learners to become active, caring, global and lifelong learners.
Our Curriculum for Elementary School mainly follows Singapore Curriculum in English, Maths and Science. We cannot ignore the fact that Singapore, as published by the Organization for Economic and Co-operation and Development in 2015, topped the global education rankings and the fact that Singapore Education system is highly revered for its detailed and holistic curriculum. At CIS, we wanted to offer our Young learners research-based, fun, rich-in-content and learner-centered curriculum that aligns with the School’s objectives for our learners. On top of English, Maths and Science, we offer a comprehensive mandatory Phonics course (at both kindergarten and Primary levels) to lay a solid reading and writing foundation for Primary. Since “Play” is every child’s best work, we have made sure that the ground we cover will lead automatically to a readiness for reading, writing and mathematical concepts. Our carefully-planned and well-balanced Elementary Curriculum is designed through seven areas of learning where language, numeracy, social, physical, scientific and technological skills are developed through conversation, discussion, questioning, reasoning, stories, rhymes, books, social play, game and in/outdoor activities.
As students move on towards Primary level (Grades 1-6), they follow a seamless program that will prepare them for Cambridge Lower and Upper Secondary. From Primary to Secondary, our courses are divided into two categories:
- Academic Subjects: English, Maths, Science, Social Studies (History and Geography)as well as ICT.
- Non-academic subjects: Arts, Music, PE, French (The school will change or add some more subjects as it will deem necessary) at both the Primary level and Lower Secondary Level.
Upon leaving Primary, students will realize that Social studies will change into Geography and History and Science; from grade 10 to grade 13, will be divided into three separate subjects namely Biology, Physics and Chemistry. At this stage, students will take three more subjects-English Literature, Economics, Business studies and Psychology to prepare them for their Cambridge IGCSE and As /A Level exams.
At CIS, students are following a seamless Cambridge program from Lower Secondary (Grades 7,8,9) that leads to a summative externally accredited examinations- IGCSE (International General Certificate of Education) and later on A Level. The IGCSE program follows a set curriculum over 2 years (Year 10 and Year 11). CIS believes this external qualification-being an Internationally recognized qualification is essential as it ensures that our students’ achievements will be recognized by every College, University, and major employers around the World and we also believe these examinations will give students a platform to prove their academic skills and abilities.
Cambridge A Level
Upon achieving good passes at IGCSE, students will be invited to complete the remaining two-year A Level program. A Levels are fully recognized worldwide including EU member states, the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Minimum Entrance Requirements
Each student’s application to A Level will be treated individually and assessed on a case-by-case basis. For those students who completed the (I)GCSE program the minimum entrance requirements are usually 5 A*-C (or 4-9 grades) including Maths and English. Ideally, students should also have grades A*-B (or 6-9 grades) in those subjects which they are hoping to study at A Level.
Applications are welcome from students who have not studied the (I)GCSE program and their entrance into the A Level will be determined through a combination of admissions tests and school reports.
Choosing Subjects at A-Level
Upon entry into A level, students will choose either 3 or 4 subjects to study in Year 12.Most students will then further specialize in Year 13 and complete A2 examinations in their three, preferred subjects at the end of the academic year.
Choosing the right combination of subjects is difficult and often the best advice is for students to consider the following simple points:
- Choose a subject you like.
- Choose a subject you will succeed in. Play to your strengths and first consider those subjects you are passionate about and that you have proven track record of success in.
- Select a combination of subjects that are relevant to future plans. For example, some courses such as medicine and engineering require specific A Level subjects.
- For those still unaware of what to study at the University, then we advise they take two to three facilitating subjects as this will keep a wide range of degree courses open to you.