International Secondary School in Singapore

As students move into their Secondary School years, our curriculum continues to further develop fundamental subjects such as Maths, English, Science, Topic of Inquiry, Creative Arts, Personal Development Health and Physical Education. At Integrated International School, we understand that this is an exciting yet challenging time for our students who are undergoing significant physical, emotional and social changes. That is why our personalised teaching approach ensures each individual receives close guidance and support as they prepare for the next stage of their learning journey.

Middle School

At secondary level, our Middle School consists of Grades 7 to 10 which is a period of further exploration for students who have completed their primary education at our international school. Students are exposed to a higher-level of subject matter while being encouraged to ask questions that require more sophisticated thinking skills. Our experienced teachers guide students as they become independent learners with the skills, knowledge, confidence and understanding to appreciate their contribution to society. This helps the students better understand the crucial decisions they will make about their future and the role that they will play in the world.

As they continue their learning journey at our international school guided by the British curriculum, our secondary students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s modern world. The syllabus focuses on developing key skills, which are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Information and Communication Technology competence
  • Personal and social capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding

Student Assessments

Our secondary students will prepare to take our internal Integrated International School Examination (IIS Examination) which is conducted in Grades 3, 5, and 8. At our school, we offer external exams through Pearson Edexcel and Cambridge. These exams are available to students in Grades 6, 9, 11, 12 and 13. For Grade 12 and 13 students, the Cambridge exam is offered for AS/A Levels.

At our international school in Singapore, the students at secondary level will familiarise themselves with advanced levels of subjects they studied at primary level to prepare them for their future education.

Our Classes

Our small class format with an exceptional student-to-teacher ratio (6:1) makes individual attention readily accessible and guarantees that the students reach their full potential. We have built our IIS syllabus upon the foundations of the British curriculum that covers the fundamental subjects:

  • English
    • Students develop knowledge, skills and understandings about the English language and literature. They will learn to create and interpret a range of literary and factual texts.
  • Mathematics
    • The study of the subject enables students to develop a positive self-concept as learners of Mathematics. They’ll learn how to recognise and apply all forms of Mathematics in their everyday lives and other key learning areas.
  • Science
    • Our hands-on exploratory programme stimulates students’ curiosity and helps them understand scientific concepts, skills, experiments and processes relating to Life, Physical and Earth sciences.
  • Creative Arts
    • The IIS programme aims to provide foundational learning in the art forms that continue in the subjects of visual arts, music, drama and dance.
  • Topic of Inquiry
    • This subject is up to the teacher’s discretion, as they can request students’ input to discover what will peak their learning interests. For example, it could be a general subject like Geography or more specific like learning the history of Singapore.
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
    • The PDHPE programme emphasises participation for all, with involvement in competition for upper primary students

Upper Secondary

Integrated International School (IIS) is one of the leading inclusive international schools in Singapore that offers the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme.

The IGCSEs are globally recognised international academic qualifications for our Grade 10 and 11 students. IIS implements our IGCSE programme through the reputed Pearson Edexcel examination body to foster inquisitive thinking and empower our students as global citizens.

The Pearson Edexcel IGCSE curriculum is a two-year programme specially designed for students aged 14-16 and offers a flexible course of study, as students have the freedom to choose from different subjects in addition to the two compulsory subjects of English and Mathematics. This allows our students to tailor their studies to their interests and strengths. The Pearson Edexcel IGCSE curriculum is developed to encourage students to think critically and acquire problem-solving skills while simultaneously broadening their subject knowledge.

At the end of the two-year IGCSE programme, students will sit for the IGCSE examinations. The format of the IGCSE examinations are designed to be more accessible to international learners studying in Singapore; offering a syllabus based on the British model, but with a wider, more global perspective. These examinations are the international equivalent of the GCSE exam; the standard year 11 qualification in the UK. The Pearson Edexcel IGCSEs are studied in over 80 countries worldwide including the UK, USA, Singapore, and Australia. They provide the skills and knowledge needed for students to progress to A Levels, International A Levels, onto university and into employment.

At IIS, the IGCSE curriculum supports students to develop a range of transferable skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, leadership and collaboration. These skills will ensure that students are better equipped to access higher levels of academic study and will be able to demonstrate highly sought after skills to their future employers.

At our inclusive learning school in Singapore, we believe that all students have the ability to succeed in their studies. We offer a supportive environment where students can feel confident and motivated to achieve their best. Our IGCSE curriculum is taught by experienced and qualified teachers who are trained in recognising the needs of individual learners, adapting lesson content and delivery to meet these needs. We use a variety of teaching methods to ensure that all students can access the material, make progress in their learning and reach their full potential.

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Frequently Asked Questions About International Secondary School in Singapore

Singaporeans who want to apply to an international school for primary or secondary education, will need to seek approval from the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Singapore. This comes in the form of a waiver from the Compulsory Education Act. After getting the approval, they need to submit the same to the international school during the admission process.

Local international schools are managed by the MOE in Singapore, whereas the private international schools are operated by various independent owners and education groups.

Private schools and international schools are different in terms of curriculum, as private schools can have local curriculum while international schools follow international curriculum.


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