LEIPZIG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Structure

We prepare students for the following examinations and diplomas:

Grade 9-10:
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

Grade 11-12:
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP);
The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP).

Students enrolled in either of these programmes will be eligible for the LIS High School Diploma.

In Grades 6-8, students study a common core of English, German, Mathematics, Social Studies (Geography and History) and Science as well as Music, Physical Education and Information Technology. French or Spanish as the third language is offered from Grade 6 upwards.The Grade 9-10 programme allows the students to sit the IGCSE examinations and gain the International Certificate of Education Diploma. Examinations are set and evaluated externally by the IGCSE Board in Cambridge, England. This programme is a very good preparation for the IB programmes and each year some students will join Grade 9 or Grade 10 to prepare for this rather than to take a complete set of IGCSEs. In Grade 11-12 students may enroll in the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). During Grade 10 they will receive information and guidance to ensure that each student is in the programme best suited to his/her academic needs and goals for the future. The IBDP includes the study of Theory of Knowledge (ToK), the completion of a piece of original research in the Extended Essay and the completion of a programme of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). The IB examinations at the end of Grade 12 are set and evaluated externally by the IB Board of examiners. In the IBCP students will take three Diploma subjects and a BTEC level 3 diploma in either Information Technology or Art and Design. They will also take core courses which include a Language Development course, an Approaches to Learning course and a Community and Service programme; they will also undertake a Reflective Project which is a major assignment externally assessed by the IB. Students enrolled in either of the IB programmes will be able to fulfil the requirements for the LIS High School Diploma.

Monitoring of Progress

All students in Grades 6-10 have a Student Planner that is reviewed and signed by their Form Tutor and the parents every week. Grade 9 students are expected to take more personal responsibility for their learning and achievement and in Grades 11 and 12 the prime responsibility for monitoring progress lies with the students themselves. However, the Form Tutor will still monitor their progress and step in when needed.

Teachers discuss each student’s progress several times throughout the year in team meetings (each class is discussed once every six weeks on average). At these meetings teachers are consulted about the prospects of keeping a student in a particular programme, allowing a student to repeat a year, et cetera. If a student has trouble coping with the grade level this is noticed and discussed with the student and the parents before the end of the school year.

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