Curriculum offered in Grades IX and X
The IGCSE Programme
The IGSCE Curriculum from CIE, UK is offered in grades IX and X where the students study 8-9 IGCSE subjects. Students are encouraged to take extended syllabi. They also frequently opt for the challenging accelerated Mathematics programme. The sciences are taught separately, so that the students may opt for two or three sciences in preparation for their IB or CBSE studies in grades XI and XII. Emphasis is placed upon giving students a broad foundation to keep choices open for their IB Diploma course selection and career choices.
The IGCSE programme is used internationally in over 157 countries. The IGCSE is an objective measurement of achievement that is well understood by universities worldwide. Students who have come from different educational backgrounds can gain acceptance at universities, but students with a broad array of IGCSE passes, particularly at grade C or above, have a selective advantage at the best universities and colleges.
IGCSE graduates are seen as robust proof that students can perform well in their further education, and the fact that every subject is externally examined and any coursework moderated by well-trained professionals is a definitive proof of achievement. More information about the IGCSE may be obtained from the website www.cie.org.uk.
The CBSE International Programme (Grade IX)
With effect from the Academic Year 2010-11, the School has embraced the new version of CBSE syllabus, CBSE International. This programme offered by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Government of India, in grade IX requires students to study Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English and a language and creative arts.
CBSE i is the international version of CBSE as an internally benchmarked curriculum. It aims at preparing learners to face global challenges. While it retains the 'basic strength' of the Indian system, it strives to 'accommodate individual learning styles' of students and include local, national and global issues as part of the curriculum. The programme also aims to promote thinking, communication and media skills.
There is no Board Examination at Secondary (Class X) level for students studying in the schools affiliated to the CBSE i Board. Instead, there will be four Formative and two Summative Assessments in one year. Assessments include varied tools like presentations, projects, surveys or model making other than paper and pen tests. Students will get an opportunity to do self and peer assessments.
The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) card will apply throughout the CBSE schools for admission to grade XI. In addition, schools may have their own criteria. Students will only be promoted on the basis of both Formative and Summative Assessments both of which are mandatory.
The course consists of learning areas like Mathematics, Sciences, Social Sciences, Creative Arts, apart from two languages, English and a Second Language. The heart of the programme consists of Core components like development of Perspectives, Research, Life Skills and SEWA (Social Empowerment through Work and Action). Students completing CBSE i are expected to be successful in the IB diploma and in university studies world wide. More information may be obtained from the CBSE website - www.cbsei.com.
The CBSE Programme (Grade X)
The programme offered by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Government of India, in grades IX and X requires students to study Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English and a language. It is the ideal foundation course for students who work to pursue the All India Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (AISSCE) in the XI and XII grades. Outside India, this programme is on offer in 141 schools in 21 countries. More information may be obtained from the CBSE website - www.cbse.nic.in.