As you know, International schools come in many different shapes and sizes. Plus, the term itself encompasses a variety of school systems surrounding a wide variety of setups and curricula, with some being more “international” than others.
Recent estimates say that there are more than 8,000 international schools right now in the world. Each of this schools offers unique offering to parents and students. Choosing one isn’t just a matter of location, but also knowing and picking a curriculum where to enrol your child in can be a challenge.
In this article, we will give you an overview of the main international school curricula offered in Singaporean international schools, mainly by assessing the ones available in a top institution. Top international schools in Singapore like the Global Indian International School, for instance, offers the following curricula:
- Global Montessori Plus Programme (GMP)
- Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
- Cambridge IGCSE Programme – Secondary
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Now let’s try to describe each one. These descriptions will be just a summary, so don’t forget to do ample research before you commit your child to any of this.
Global Montessori Plus Programme (GMP)
Based on a cutting-edge combination of world-renowned Montessori philosophy and original theory formulated through years of research and insight, the GMP programme enables our students to reach their fullest potential in an age-appropriate learning environment which recognises their individuality and meets them where they are.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
CBSE adopts a holistic yet pedagogical approach to education which allows students to focus on academics while simultaneously pursuing extracurricular interests, such as sports. CBSE’s student-centred curriculum involves a continuous & comprehensive evaluation system ensuring that performance standards are exceeded.
Cambridge IGCSE Programme – Secondary
Designed by the UK’s Cambridge International Examinations, the IGCSE program comprises of five main subject areas, including Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences, Mathematics, Languages, Creative, Technical, and Vocational. Students choose between “Core” and “Extended” tracts to best meet individual ability levels.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
This rigorous course is designed to support the physical, intellectual, emotional, and ethical development of students. Offered in English, this comprehensive 2-year curriculum is taken after the completion of Class 10 with a core comprising of Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), and Extended Essay along with six subject areas.
Whether you’re looking for dedicated Indian or an international curriculum, the expertly designed GIIS curricula offers commitment to innovation, efficiency, and relevance as well as the necessary encouragement of a lifelong “joy of learning.”
We know it can be difficult to comprehend the many different curriculum across the world’s many international schools, take note that a big proportion of schools can be considered ‘hybrid’ because they offer students a mix of different curriculum choices.
For instance, there are schools that fashions itself as an English-style institution while offering IB classes as additional choices. Other schools might offer a high school diploma as its graduation certificate, while also offering upper school students to pursue the IB Diploma. With that said, international schools are where you here get any number of possibilities and options to choose for your child!