High School Philosophy
The LIS High School provides students with both a foundation of knowledge necessary for success at university and the personal values necessary for good citizenship in a global community. Through the study of the IGCSE and IB Diploma courses students become adept at honing their critical and higher level thinking skills by formulating ideas, justifying statements and beliefs, and identifying and solving problems. LIS High School also stresses the importance of time management and study skills in order for students to become self motivated and independent learners. We strive for our students to become leaders. We believe the main attributes of leadership are a combination of academic excellence, a positive self image and the development of strong personal values and beliefs centered on integrity, respect for others and the appreciation of diversity.
High School Overview
The High School program includes Years 10-13 and enrolls approximately 100 students, providing a complete college preparatory program. The academic program is designed to prepare students for university while giving emphasis to the importance of learning as a process. Our curriculum focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and the development of thinking and problem-solving skills. We strive for academic excellence, a well-balanced development of all aspects of the students’ personality and an appreciation for lifelong learning. We offer two sets of certificates during the High School years that feature external exams. Years 10-11 culminate with the sitting of the IGCSE Exams. All students attending LIS must sit these exams. LIS offers the IB Diploma in Years 12-13. Students have the option of graduating with an IB Diploma, IB Certificates or an LIS High school Diploma.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (abbreviated IGCSE) is an internationally recognized qualification for school students, typically in the 14–16 age group. It is similar to the GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Standard Grade in Scotland or Junior Certificate in the Republic of Ireland. The Cambridge IGCSE was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in 1988. The examination board Edexcel offers its own version, the Edexcel IGCSE. At LIS, we offer the Edexcel IGCSE Exams. It is a two year Program of study for our students in Years 10-11, with students sitting the IGCSE Exams at the end of Year 11. LIS offers IGCSE Exams in Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, ICT, Visual Arts, Geography, History, French and Spanish.
The ability to create is a fundamental characteristic of being human. The focus of the Art Department is to support possible 'future artists' and inspire all students to develop their observational and creative skills in respect to their local environment and the world at large. Consequently, the following goals serve to empower students with technical ability and the confidence to approach problem solving in diverse ways.
English Language aims to develop students' ability to read, understand and respond to material from a variety of sources orally and in writing, matching style to audience and purpose. It includes a wide range of reading and writing, and the possibility of both written and oral coursework.
English Literature aims to develop the students’ ability to read, comprehend and respond to a variety of literary texts from around the world while developing an appreciation of the author’s craft necessary for literary study. The students will also explore the world around them through literature while they find enjoyment in reading literature and understanding its influence on individuals and society.
Students in geography will concentrate on the following: demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding in studies of a wide range of places and environments at various scales, offer explanations for interactions within and between physical and human processes, explain changes in the characteristics of places over time, account for disparities in development and understand the complexity of factors that contribute to the quality of life, recognize the causes and consequences of environmental issues and understand a range of views about them, understand how considerations of sustainable development can affect their own lives as well as the planning and management of environments and resources, identify appropriate geographical questions and issues, evaluate sources of evidence, present full and well argued investigations and reach substantiated conclusions.
History challenges pupils to ask and answer important questions, find evidence, weigh it up and reach conclusions. They learn about the history of their local area, the U.S.A., Europe and the wider world, building up in their heads a framework of significant events and people. As they do so, they see the diversity of human experience and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. Topics covered range from ancient civilizations to the late 20th Century. History helps pupils to become confident as they learn to question individuals and events.
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
The course aims to encourage the exploration and study of ICT in a variety of contexts: home, community, business, industry, recreation and education. In any given situation students will have the opportunity to acquire competence, ability and critical skills through the implementation, use and evaluation of a range of ICT systems. Students can develop their interests in, enjoyment of and critical reflections on ICT as an integral part of modern society.
Mathematics (Foundation and Higher Level)
We offer the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. (IGCSE). This examination is recognized world-wide and is offered at 2 levels - Foundation and Higher. Through these years the students are tested by end of unit tests and two internal exams given at the end of each semester. Students follow a set syllabus and are externally examined by the IGCSE Edexcel in Year 11.This examination serves as excellent preparation for the I.B. Diploma Programme.
French and Spanish are offered at LIS. Grammar and vocabulary are enhanced in order to allow the student to attain a level of fluency in practical applications. The program concentrates on five specific linguistic themes for learning and examination: Home and Abroad, Education and Employment, House, Home and Daily Routine, The Modern World and the Environment and Social Activities, Fitness and Health.
Physical Education (PE)
All IGCSE students participate in PE classes, although it is not officially part of the IGCSE Programme.
The knowledge and practical skills acquired in the Middle School allow students to choose specific subjects to continue studying at the IGCSE level (Edexcel Syllabus). They may choose between Biology, Chemistry and Physics and have an option of taking two sciences. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of scientific facts and concepts, scientific methods and techniques, scientific terminology and becoming familiar with methods of presenting scientific information. IGCSE level students should be able to apply and use some of the relevant topics taught in a given context. Problem solving, incorporating mathematical processes (interpretation of data, application of formulae etc.) becomes more of a focus at this level. Strong mathematical skills are a necessity for success.