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Academics

THE SCHOOL

 

The MCS school year consists of 37/38 weeks of classroom work. School starts in August and finishes early in June. The school year is divided into two semesters, each with two terms, and is organized into the following periods:

 

The School is subdivided into three sections:

  1. Elementary (Grades: 4 -6)  

  2. Junior High (Grades: 7-9)  

  3. Senior High (Grades: 10-12)

MCS aims to offer an international education to its diverse student population.  The school provides education from primary level to IGCSE and Advanced Level exams (Cambridge Board and Pearson Edexcel Board, U.K.), which are accepted worldwide for university entrance. We aim to offer a wide range of subject choices, at times supplementing with online courses.

The education up to and including 8th grade is a common curriculum of a very broad nature with students taking a wide range of subjects. There is some narrowing of courses in grades 9 and 10, but students continue to be required to study a balanced curriculum across the main subject areas.  In grades 11 and 12 students study a smaller range of Advanced Level subjects chosen with their aptitude and their tertiary education/career aspirations in mind.

GRADES 4 - 8

Core courses are: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Religious Studies, P.E. and a Modern Language.

 

Other courses may include: another Language, Music, Art, Home Economics, ICT, Craft and Design Technology (CDT).

 

 

GRADES 9 and 10

Students normally prepare and take IGCSE exams in First Language English, English Literature, Religious Studies, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography and at least one Modern Language.

 

In addition students pursue one further elective each year, which may be IGCSE Art and Design which can lead to an extra IGCSE if taken for two years.  Other options vary from year to year and may include: Music, Home Economics, CDT, Graphics and Design, or a second Modern Language.

 

GRADES 11 and 12

Grade 11 students typically choose 3-4 Advanced Subsidiary (AS) courses that fit their with aptitude and their tertiary education/career aspirations. The only required courses are Religious Studies and P.E. Most will then continue with 3 of the 4 subjects in Grade 12 to prepare for Advanced level exams.

 

As far as possible, MCS will provide classes in core subjects at   AS/A Level, particularly in: English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography and Art and Design.  If staffing does not allow for class teaching, students will be able to take the subject online. Other exam focused online courses will also be available in consultation with the school. Students may also choose a subject from the electives listed for grades 9 and 10.