Grades 9 & 10 IGCSE
is a certified center
International Examinations (CIE), a part of the prestigious University of
Cambridge in the UK. CIE oversees the
curriculum in Grade 9 and Grade 10 that leads to the International General
Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Both the curriculum and the methods
of assessment are appropriate for a wide ability range and lead to a
qualification that is equivalent in standard to the British GCSE and
international ‘O’ Level examinations.
provides a strong foundation for higher level further education courses like
the International Baccalaureate and is recognized by schools and universities around the world. The IGCSE
examinations are now taken by over one million candidates in 157 countries each
Subject Choices/Option Blocks
Option Blocks allow students to chose from a wide range
of subjects. Students who wish to qualify for the International Certificate of
Education (ICE) must choose at least one subject from each of the optional
blocks. Cambridge ICE is a group award for Cambridge IGCSE, recognized in the
US and South America.
It allows you to offer a broad and balanced curriculum
by recognizing the achievements of students who pass examinations in at least
seven subjects, including two languages, and one subject from each of the other
subject groups: humanities and social sciences, sciences, mathematics and
creative, technical and vocational. In addition, all IGCSE students will
participate in compulsory Physical Education lessons each week and in the
school’s Community, Action, Service (CAS) Program.
ISH will offer most of the choices below for the
students entering Grade 9. The actual courses ISH ends up running is based on
student interest, staffing, room availability and scheduling. Students must
finalize their subject options by September 15th.
First Language English
Second Language French,Spanish
Science Biology Physics
Humanities and Social Sciences Geography
Creative, Technical and Vocational Art and Design
Information & Communication Technology
Suitability for a wide range of
To offer more differentiated instruction that takes
account of differing abilities, there is a choice between Core
and Extended curriculum papers in most subjects- these include English, Mathematics and the Sciences. While the school recommends the choice of whether they should opt for Extended OR
Core, the final decision about the level is made by the student and the parent.
No alterations to the subject list will be allowed after
15th in the second year of the Course
Each course requires several papers. These papers may take the form of exams or
other requirements. A coursework
alternative may be available for some of the papers in some of the subjects.
The choice of whether the coursework option is available rests with the school,
not the students.
Letter grades are awarded on a 9-point scale from A* to
G, with an A* being highest. The grading for the Core exams begin from a C grade
as opposed to A* for the Extended. Clear guidelines are given to explain the
standard of achievement.