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.
Secondary IBDP is grades 11-12. The students will begin the prestigious IB Diploma Programme. The DP focuses on the all-round development of the young mind and body in terms of academic, physical, moral, and social. The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The three core elements are:
Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know
The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper
Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts
The six subject groups are:
Studies in language and literature
Individuals and societies
Students choose three subjects at higher level and three at standard. They must choose one subject from each group with the exception of group six which they can drop, if they wish, to choose an additional language or science.
Courses are taken over two years with coursework marked by the school and moderated by the IB. The final exams at the end of grade 12 are marked externally by the IB. The maximum score for an IB student is 45 points and the lowest passing mark is 24.
An IB Diploma is a passport to learning for universities in Egypt or overseas.