Academics

ICS is known for its warm family atmosphere where teachers cultivate positive and supportive relationships with students. Our focus is on student-centered learning where students can not only participate but also take the lead responsibility for their learning.
We encourage students to learn with their peers, while the school provides for their individual academic needs. The ICS faculty is made up of 60 dedicated teachers from eight different countries, providing stimulating learning experiences for the students.
Of these, over half hold a Master’s degree while some others are currently pursuing theirs. Regular in-house staff training and opportunities to participate in teachers’ conferences and courses serve to keep our teachers and teaching assistants abreast of current educational pedagogy and practices.

Subjects offered include those under the four main subject areas, these are English, Mathematics, Science and Social studies in addition to Art, Music, Physical Education, and a number of elective courses.

We believe in giving our pupils every opportunity to be part of a community where we nurture a love of learning through a vibrant mix of academic and enriching extra-curricular activities, believing this will be the foundation of their personal journey through life.

The school curriculum divides the school into four sections with the age when they start each year as follows:

  • – Early years starting at 2 years of age
  • – Elementary school starting at 5 years of age
  • – Junior school 11 to 13 years of age
  • – High school 14 to 15 years of age (IGCSE)
  • – 16 to 18 years of age (High school diploma, APs)

Differentiation

Students in grades 1-7 have their lessons differentiated by the teachers to accommodate their individual learning needs. Where students are more able, teachers challenge them further in class and strengthen their critical thinking skills.

The timetable in grade 8 is set to accommodate differentiation in Mathematics and in Science from grade 9. Students from grade 8 onwards are selected to join a higher grade in Mathematics but follow the rest of their classes at the regular grade level in all other subjects. It is also in grade 8 that we become more aware of their strengths in Science. This information is used in High School to determine which Science will be taken at the Advanced Placement (AP) level from grade 10.

As a result of this differentiation, students in High School are able to start the AP program earlier and accumulate additional credits. This way, by the time they graduate, through their additional credits, it will be easier for them to obtain scholarships and be placed in better universities and other higher educational institutes.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ICS has a well-structured ESL program for students who come from countries where English is not their native language. Students usually require only two quarters of ESL support while they are attending all other subjects at their grade level, after which they are able to join the regular English lessons.