In Middle School, we offer a balanced, holistic education based on the Cambridge Lower Secondary curriculum and best practices in international schools. We personalize learning to develop young learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. All learners take courses in English, Mathematics, Science, Global Perspectives or History/Geography in our 50/50 program, Health, Physical Education and Information Communication Technology. In addition, learners may choose among our electives, including Strings and Band, Kinyarwanda Traditional Dance, Visual Arts, Mandarin and German. Through our rich curriculum and engaging learning activities, learners acquire knowledge and skills that prepare them to be global citizens equipped to solve real-life problems.
Middle School learners also have many opportunities to expand their learning beyond the classroom through extracurricular and experiential learning activities, sports and outdoor activities, which help them identify and develop their unique interests and talents. Learners also have opportunities to develop leadership skills by assuming leadership roles in Prefects and Student Council.
Additionally, in Middle School we offer a French/English bilingual program also known as our 50/50 program. Learners in our French/English program develop academic skills and native proficiency in French and English. They study Mathematics, History/Geography in French and other subjects such as Science, ICT, Health, Physical education, Strings and Band in English.
Core Curriculum Areas
The Cambridge Lower Secondary English Curriculum Framework promotes an enquiry-based approach to learning to develop learners’ confidence, creativity and intellectual engagement. It is designed for learners who have English as a first language and can be used in any cultural context.
Divided into three stages, the curriculum framework covers knowledge, skills and understanding in the three strands, Reading, Writing and Speaking and listening. It provides a comprehensive set of progressive learning objectives for English to detail what a learner should know, understand and be able to do.
The Cambridge Lower Secondary mathematics curriculum is presented in six content areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measure, Handling data underpinned by Problem solving. Mental strategies are also a key part of the Number content. Together with problem solving, these two areas form a progressive step preparing students for entry onto IGCSE level courses. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.
The Cambridge Lower Secondary science curriculum is presented in four content areas: Scientific enquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analysing data. The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also incorporated.
Cambridge Global Perspectives is a unique, transformational programme that helps students at every stage of school education develop outstanding transferable skills. These include critical thinking, research and collaboration that they need later in life. This innovative and stimulating skills-based programme places academic study in a practical, real-world context.
The programme develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, reflection, collaboration and communication and offers valuable opportunities to reinforce links with and skills learnt in English as a first or second language, mathematics, science and ICT Starters. Research says that the earlier students start to develop and practise their skills, the greater the impact on their learning. Making Cambridge Global Perspectives available to lower secondary students will develop and embed cross-curricular skills, supporting them in their studies as they progress to Cambridge Upper Secondary and beyond.
Cambridge Global Perspectives taps into the way today’s students enjoy learning, including group work, seminars, projects and working with other students around the world. The emphasis is on developing students’ ability to think critically about a range of global issues where there is always more than one point of view. Students study global topics that are relevant to them – for example, the environment, education and keeping healthy.
Other subjects offered are Visual Arts, Traditional Dance, Music/Band, Information Technology, Health and Physical Education, Kinyarwanda, German and Mandarin.