MIS Seniors

Comprising:

Key Stage 3 = Years 7-9
Key Stage 4 = Years 10 & 11
Key Stage 5 = Years 12 & 13 (Sixth Form)

Our Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) is the time for your child to consolidate knowledge and skills in preparation for the high school: for IGCSE in terms of foundation subject knowledge and A Level and university entrance in terms of international mindedness, as well as independent and critical thinking skills.

Our Key Stage 3 programme offers depth of study and room to develop independence. Therefore, our MIS curriculum, combining elements of the Merchiston Castle School Edinburgh Curriculum and the National Curriculum of England, provides an ideal way to guide your child forward and focuses upon honing the skills that your child will require for future success. We have refined these aspects and introduced our own skills programme to ensure we offer the greatest opportunities. Your child's developing adolescent brain deserves a special approach, so that is why we have devised such a special curriculum.

How is our MIS Key Stage 3 Curriculum different?

In Key Stage 3, your child is at a unique stage: discovering independence, but needing support. By using our bespoke MIS curriculum, we offer a great solution.

Academic Rigour: Specialist teachers will guide your child through a broad range of subject areas, setting individualised goals and carefully tracking their progress. Through the MIS Curriculum, your child will study English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Chinese Language and Culture, one other language (either French, Spanish, or Japanese), Art, Music, Drama, Design Technology and Physical Education. The depth of study in each area ensures that over the three years of Key Stage 3, your child will build a solid foundation for the rigour of the IGCSE and A Level programmes in our High School.

Cross-Curricular Learning: Continuing on from the Juniors Section, our MIS approaches to learning skills provide students with a unique opportunity absent from many typical middle school teaching models: the opportunity to make learning connections between the various subjects. Over the course of the year, students focus on several "big ideas". This promotes "big picture" thinking and challenges learners to extend their focus beyond the facts of a subject and see how a "big idea" flows across many disciplines.

Supporting Your Child’s Learning and Growing: Form Tutors meet with their form students daily, helping to ensure that your child is navigating comfortably through the challenges of adolescent life. The Key Stage 3 years are an exciting time that deserves special attention. And that is exactly what we provide.

The IGCSEs (International Certificate of Secondary Education)

Is your child ready for an accelerated high school programme? In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), MIS students follow a broad range of subjects at IGCSE level. These internationally recognised examinations provide rigorous preparations for the A Level and other pre-university courses. We are one of the few schools in Shenzhen to offer these rigorous courses. Indeed, with university coming on the horizon, you want your child to have every academic advantage.

How are our Key Stages 4 and 5 different? Through the IGCSE, we offer a carefully constructed approach to ensure that your child is in the very best position to enter A Level courses and then the strongest possible candidate for university. The IGCSEs and A Levels also use internationally-benchmarked assessment systems understood and valued by universities worldwide.

Understanding the IGCSE: Internationally-respected, the IGCSE curriculum is a two-year course during which your child will study a number of subjects in great depth. This approach provides the time to establish a solid foundation upon which the rest of their high school progress will depend.

Subjects Studied at IGCSE: Core examined subjects include English, Mathematics, Science, Global Perspectives; core non-examined subjects include Digital Literacy, PSD (Personal Social Development) Core PE (Physical Education); additional optional subjects include a Language (either Chinese, French, Spanish or Japanese), Additional Maths, Art, Design Technology, Business Studies, Geography, History, Economics, Media Studies, Music, Drama, Dance or Physical Education.

IGCSE, The Core Subjects: At MIS, everyone studies Mathematics, English and Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) as part of the KS4 IGCSE curriculum. Students will also have Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons and Physical Education, although these are not examined.

Optional Subject Choices: There is a broad selection of additional subjects to choose from:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Chinese
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • French
  • Geography
  • Global Perspectives
  • History
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish

The A level programme

In our Sixth Form (Key Stage 5 = Years 12 & 13), the A Levels facilitate intensive, specialist study of (usually) three subjects. All students also follow the MIS Sixth Form Core which includes compulsory participation our Activities programme (including Service, Work Experience & the Sixth Form Trip) and completion of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

The subjects offered at A Level include:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • Global Perspectives
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Japanese
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Photography
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish

Sixth Form study is designed to allow students to pursue subjects in which they have a particular interest to much greater depth and breadth. As such, students are encouraged to opt for subjects they enjoy with a passion and to which they are willing, and able, to dedicate two years of study. Naturally, a certain level of academic achievement in these subjects is also required for the student to be successful and to enable them to progress to university.

The MIS standard entry requirement for all courses is used to determine a student’s suitability for Sixth Form entry. It represents the school’s indication that a student, based on performance in a particular subject area, has both the attitude and aptitude to achieve at least a D at A Level by the end of Year 13, assuming good progress is made, and is therefore eligible to opt for the subject in the Sixth Form. Pastorally, the student will be expected to make a positive impact on the cohort.

Eligibility takes into consideration the student’s track record in terms of:

  • Work ethic
  • Attitude and conduct
  • Academic integrity
  • Contribution to school life
  • Positive impact on the cohort
  • Academic attainment to date
  • Mock examination results

 

NOTE: A student requesting to study 4 A Levels should have a grade A profile at IGCSE, plus an excellent effort record across all subjects.

External applicants: When considering a student’s suitability for entry to our Sixth Form, the same criteria apply. Successful applicants for a 3 A Level pathway should have an average B grade profile, based on performance in the Mock (I)GCSE examinations, with at least an (I)GCSE Grade B in the subjects to be pursued at A Level, unless otherwise specified. As a guide, an MYP grade of 5 or above is generally regarded as an equivalent. Diagnostic tests in A Level subjects can be expected, to ensure that students are confidently placed on the right course.

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