In secondary 6-8, the curriculum follows the same format as primary in terms of subjects, curricula, and thematic learning. However, the topics tend to take a more conceptual approach (Phenomenon Based Learning), which recognises the ability of young people to make connections in a more abstract way.
In secondary 6-8, there is more emphasis placed on each individual subject with specialist teachers for all areas.
This is to ensure preparation for the IGCSEs which begin in grade 9.
Secondary lGCSE is grades 9-10. The students start their two year IGCSE programme, which includes the compulsory subjects of English, maths, biology, physics, chemistry and Arabic. The students, also, choose two more subjects from a range of options available at the time depending on demand. All subjects are examined at Extended/High level at the end of grade 10. Teaching in IGCSE is much more traditional, yet, being studied over two years, the students still have time for group work, practicals, projects, and presentations. The inquiry skills taught in primary and secondary 6-8 serve the students well and enable them to learn much more independently at this level than they would in a more traditional setting. At this stage, students are learning content that will be useful for them when joining the IB Diploma Programme along with skills of research and investigation that will carry through when they leave school.
Evolution International School is an authorized school* for the Diploma Programme. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
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**Mission Statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Research suggests that there are many benefits to choosing the Diploma Programme (DP). The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
What the DP offers students
Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:
Have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
Flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
Study at least two languages
Excel in traditional academic subjects
Explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course (TOK).
For its first year of DP the school is offering the following subjects:
Group 1: Studies in language and literature
English Language (SL/HL)
Group 2: Language Acquisition
Arabic B (SL)
French B (SL/HL)
French ab initio* (SL)
*Language ab initio is a language acquisition course for students with no prior experience of the target language, or for those students with very limited previous experience.
Group 3: Individuals and societies
Business and management
Information technology in a global society (ITGS)
Group 4: Sciences
Group 5: Mathematics
Mathematics application and interpretations
Group 6: The arts
In the future the school is considering offering more subjects to fulfil the learning needs of its growing student body.
Based on the interests of our current student body, the school is considering offering some of the following subjects: German ab initio, Economics, Psychology, Global Politics and History along with the current subject offerings.