High School

High School

Green Hills Academy offers a balanced, holistic education that provides a strong academic foundation for all learners while allowing them to explore specialist areas according to their interests, strengths, ability and university aspirations. To achieve this, the High School follows the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Cambridge curriculum in Grades 9 and 10 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in Grades 11 and 12, which are described below. 

In addition to our rich, rigorous academic programs, High School students engage in inquiry- and project-based learning, extracurricular activities, experiential learning, sports and outdoor activities that enrich their learning and ensure that they develop knowledge and skills to prepare them to be global citizens equipped to solve real-life problems. High School students typically participate in one or more extracurricular activities, organize and lead a grade

Grades 9 and 10 – Cambridge IGCSE

In Grades 9 and 10 students study the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum of Cambridge University. Courses are taken for two years, with an external examination in each subject at the end of that time. The assessment system is appropriate for students of all abilities.

The examination body is the CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). All examinations are set in the United Kingdom and the answer scripts are sent there for marking. The structure and content of the syllabi are validated by the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, ensuring a strong education for our students. The progress of our students is carefully monitored throughout the course. They are taught to set their own goal targets and determine the actions necessary to achieve them.

Subject Choices: students choose one subject from each block.
  • Block 1 First Language: English – French
  • Block 2 Second Language: French – English – German – Mandarin
  • Block 3 English Literature – French Literature
  • Block 4 Business Studies – Physics – History – Global Perspectives
  • Block 5 Biology
  • Block 6 Chemistry – Geography – Physics – Business Studies
  • Block 7 Mathematics
  • Block 8 Art – Band – Physical Education – Information Technology – Additional Maths

    Learn more about Cambridge here.

Additional Courses

GHA also offers the following non-IGCSE courses: Kinyarwanda, Physical Education and Information Communication Technology (ICT)

Grades 11 and 12 – International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year programme of study designed to lead to a Diploma or a Certificate, both of which are accepted as university entrance qualifications throughout the world.  While the IBDP is a challenging programme, it is open to students of a wide range of abilities. Green Hills Academy has been an IB World School since 2005, offering the IB to students in Grades 11 and 12, with English as the language of instruction. In an effort  to strengthen our bilingual program, some subjects will be offered in French as the need arises.

For the IB Diploma, students are required to study six subjects, from six different groups, three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level, as well as a core programme. In all subjects, students are assessed through a combination of coursework throughout the two years and exams at the end, which are marked externally. The top grade in each course is 7, and up to 3 bonus points can be gained for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. A total score of 24 is required to be awarded the Diploma. Students for whom the full Diploma programme would be too challenging can opt to take the Certificate which allows a wider range of course choices. The Principal and the IB Coordinator will give advice on the most suitable academic programme for each student.

Learn more about IB here.

Core Programme

CAS (creativity, activity, service)
There are a wide range of options, including visiting local orphanages, raising funds for charity, publishing the school’s yearbook and taking part in a variety of sports, CAS international trips, etc

Extended Essay
This is a 4000 word individual research of a student in one of his/her subjects, with support from a supervisor.

Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
This is a course in reasoning and critical thinking, focusing on different areas of knowledge.

Subject Areas Offered at Green Hills Academy

  • Language A
  • English: Language & Literature
  • French: Language & Literature
  • (Note: in these courses, students study not the language, but the use of language in communication.)
  • Language b
  • English B
  • French B
  • French ab initio SL
  • German B
  • Business and Management
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Psychology SL
  • Environmental Systems & Society
  • Information Technology in Global Society (ITGS)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science & Society
  • Physics
  • Sports, Exercise and Health Science
  • Mathematics SL
  • Mathematical Studies SL
  • Mathematics HL
  • Visual Art, or another subject from one of the other groups