We came together as a community to celebrate our Grade 9s completion of their Middle School Checkpoint assessments and their transition into the IGCSE programme.

The focus of the assembly was big picture thinking, as students were encouraged to think of all the small day-to-day experiences that lead to large successes.

As Vincent van Gogh said, “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together,” and sometimes it’s important for us all to step back and recognise that our long-term progress is something to be celebrated.

After the presentation of certificates and flowers, we ended the assembly by stepping back further and recognising that our curriculum places us in a vast international community of 10,000 schools across 160 countries who also work with the Cambridge programme. Congratulations to all of our Grade 9s!

Our Programmes – Interesting Facts:

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 programme 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). 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. Graduating with the IB Diploma, students have access to the world’s leading universities. Our students aim for and enter some of the best Universities in the world – Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, ETH Zurich and many others.

LIS prepares students for the following examinations and diplomas:

Grade 9-10:
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
With the appropriate results, the certificate enables the transition to our IB Diploma Programme. For school leavers who do not aspire further academic education, it is a solid foundation for starting a career or apprenticeship.

Grade 11-12:
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
The IB diploma is recognised as a university entrance qualification in almost all countries of the world. It has been established worldwide for over 50 years (1968) and is represented in almost 1500 schools in about 120 countries around the world.

IB Diploma is recognized as German Abitur

Students who take certain courses and achieve certain exam scores can have their International Baccalaureate Diploma recognized as equivalent to the German Abitur. Details about the German recognition of the IB Diploma can be found at the website of the Kultusministerkonferenz.

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