CAIS Secondary students have a rigorous, challenging, holistic education experience with a focus on experiential learning.
There are two IB programmes in the Secondary School. The Middle Years Programme (MYP) runs from MYP1 (Grade 6) to MYP 5 (Grade 10). The Diploma Programme (DP) runs from DP1 (Grade 11) to DP2 (Grade 12).
The academic year is organized into 2 semesters, with a report being issued at the end of each. Parents attend Parent Student Teacher Conferences (PSTC) 4 times during the year with their child to discuss their progress directly with their teachers.
All students study the IB Programmes through the English language. In the Middle School students who require additional English support are in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP), which is an integral part of the CAIS English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme.
The Secondary School Schedule
The School day starts at 7:55 with the 15 minute Homeroom Advisory session. The Secondary school is organized on a two week schedule, with a Week 1 and a Week 2 which allows greater flexibility.
Units of Learning and Student Unit Fact Sheets
Learning in Secondary is divided into chunks of learning called Units. A Unit is similar to a project in that it covers a specific area . Each Unit is from 4-8weeks in duration and is assessed at the end according to criteria. Each teacher gives students a Student Unit Fact-Sheet for each Unit of work at both MYP and DP before the Unit commences. These contain all the relevant information for the learning, including what is going to be learnt and how it is going to be assessed. Teachers post these on Managebac.
Secondary School Handbook 2020-21
There is simply many too much information to mention here. All necessary information regarding the functioning of the Secondary School is contained in the newly updated bi-lingual Secondary Handbook. This can be accessed online clicking on the image below:
New in 2019/20, over each two weeks the equivalent of 10 lessons are allocated to the extensive Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) programme, offering a wide range of activities and sports.
Student Well Being and Community
Students in each grade level are organized in Home Room groups of between 10-15 students with their own Home Room Advisor. Home Room groups meet every morning in Advisory for registration and notices.
All CAIS students are organized into one of 4 Houses, Wolves, Foxes, Serpents and Dragons to allow for friendly opportunities for inter-school competition in sports, games and activities.