In Grades 7-9 students study an international based curriculum comprised of English, Mathematics, French and Amharic, Science, History, Geography, PE, Information Technology, Drama, Dance, Art and Music. Students study each subject regardless of whether they are national or international. This broad based curriculum facilitates a wide range of choice, when they select their IGCSE Option subjects in the third term of Grade 9.
In English and Mathematics students are taught as a whole year group and set into one or other of three classes. In all other subjects students are taught in their tutor groups, which are mixed ability classes.
For those students who may need it, learning support in a particular
subject is available, either in class or through a withdrawal system. If
necessary learning supports can continue when a student transfers into
Grade 10, and starts onto the IGCSE Program.
Ethiopian students sit for the National Examinations in Year 8 and Year 10. Since the National and International curriculums are very different, an additional after school tutorial support programme is offered to those students who require it.
In Years 10 and 11 students follow a two-year course leading to the Cambridge IGCSE Examinations. This is an internationally recognized examination that allows students onto pre university educational programmes, such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Students are required to take English Language and Literature, Mathematics, and either French or Amharic. In addition students select four option subjects from History, Geography, Environmental Management, Business Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Drama, Art PE, Information Technology and Music. All students take the English as a Second Language Paper at the end of Grade 10, and sit the English as a First Language Paper along with all other subjects at the end of Grade 11.
Students whose first Language is other than English, Amharic or French may elect to sit a language paper in their mother tongue, providing that it is offered by the Cambridge Examination Board. The school cannot arrange tuition, but will supply examination syllabuses and past examination papers.
The IB Diploma Programme in Grades 12 and 13 has been available since 1994. Successful candidates will be able to apply for a university course anywhere in the world. Subjects offered are English, French, Amharic, Italian, Spanish, History, Geography, Business and Management, Information Technology and the Global Society, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Mathematical Studies. Students also have to complete a Theory of Knowledge Course, an extended research essay, and an activity based CAS origramme.
At all stages in a student’s education there is an emphasis on the process of learning, and the use of cross-curricular activity based approaches. In Grades 7-9 students are required to do both project and fieldwork, since coursework is an integral component of both IGCSE and IB Examinations.
We are constantly seeking ways to extend the quality of the learning experience for our students, and aim in the future to provide Design Technology up to IGCSE level, and Mandarin and Drama and Creative writing at IB.
Assessment, recording, and reporting are integral components of our
teaching programmes. Students have a homework timetable that details the
subjects in which they will receive homework on a particular day. Teachers
will give regular tests as units of work are completed. Each student
receives two full and one interim report each academic year. In addition
there is one Parents Consultation Evening for each year group, where
parents are invited along to discuss their child’s progress with their
In May and June each year our Grade 11 and 13 students sit for their IGCSE and IB Examinations. All other year groups have internal school based examinations. In January each year Grade 11 and 13 students have their mock examinations.
There are separate Year Heads for Grade 7-9, Grade 10 and 11, and Grade 12 and 13. By appointment, parents are welcome to come into school in order to discuss any particular points of concern. Likewise heads of Year or the Head of Secondary School may ask parents to come into school in order to discuss their child’s progress.