Basic Education

Foundation School

The Foundation School is for children in the early year foundation stage between 1 to 5 years old. programme aims to systematically help the child to learn so they are helped to make connections in their learning, actively led forward, and helped to reflect on what they have already learned.

The Foundation School programme of CIE is committed to the holistic formation of children in their early years. It promites educational growth through experiences in a caring, nurturing and loving environment premised on the belief that knowledge is acquired through play and interaction, where each child develops self-esteem and creativity.


The Foundation School programme of CIE provides opportunities for spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical growth utilizing developmentally age-appropriate activities and facilities in a friendly, creative and enjoyable environment. Learning is carefully planned and structured with an emphasis on activities that are fun, relevant and motivating for foundation schoolers.

The programme involves activities and experiences for:

  • Communication and language development
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts

Primary School

The Primary School is for learners between 5 to 11 year old. It provides a holistic education that recognizes the changing needs of children and the demands of an evolving environment. The programme inculcates academic excellence to its students in a variety of domains, including the development of cognitive and affective abilities, literacy, numeracy, scientific, creative and critical thinking skills. The multi-faceted approach trains students to be life-long learners.


The Primary School curriculum focuses on six areas of learning. Subjects are grouped into six new areas of learning to help related subjects support each other.

Six Areas of Learning:

  • Mathematical understanding
  • Historical, geographical and social understanding
  • Understanding English, communication and languages
  • Scientific and technological understanding
  • Understanding the arts
  • Understanding physical development, health and wellbeing

The curriculum framework puts more emphasis on encouraging students to develop their proficiency in English, Math, and Science skills, knowledge and understanding. Using the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint, CIE ensures that the curriculum emphasizes the encouragement of personal development to help children develop confidence, enhancing their ability to learn and help them become responsible adults.

Assessment and Qualifications


Students at Key Stage 2 will undergo an assessment for their skills in the English language through the Cambridge English Language Assessment. Students in Year 3, 4 and 5 will be taking the Cambridge YLE (Young Learners English) in its 3 levels, Starters, Movers and Flyers respectively. Cambridge YLE tests are an enjoyable and non-threatening way of assessing the English language skills of children between the ages of 7 and 12.

At the final year of Key Stage 2, which is Year 6, students will sit in two qualifications exam. The first exam is the first level of the Cambridge English exam which is the Cambridge English: Key test. This test recognises the ability to cope with everyday written and spoken communication at a basic level.

The second exam the students will sit in is the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint test. The checkpoint test determines the student’s academic progress and achievement in Math, Science and English in terms of global standards. This will assess the student’s readiness to progress to the next Key Stage.

High School

The CIE High School for Entrepreneurship, Science and IT is for students between 11 to 16 year old. It provides an education that is locally contextualized and internationally benchmarked. The programme combines academics, practical application and mastery of learning skills by focusing on the development of leadership, business, science and technological abilities. This approach makes secondary education relevant, practical, socially responsive and spiritually attuned by developing the students’ knowledge, skills and character as leaders and responsible individuals.


The High School programs of study are laid out in a format where several subjects can share key concepts and develop opportunities following cross-curricular dimensions.

Key Concepts of Learning:

  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Enterprise
  • Global dimension
  • Sustainable development
  • Identity and cultural diversity
  • Community participation
  • Technology and the media
  • Creativity and critical thinking

The curriculum for high school employs the Cambridge Secondary to ensure a seamless progression from the Primary School. The High School curriculum is developed to raise standards and help learners meet the challenges of life in our fast-changing world. There is a clear focus on the core knowledge and skills in English, Math and Science which is designed to motivate and engage learners and help young people succeed.

Assessment and Qualification

High School – Key Stage 3


Students at Key Stages 3 will undergo higher assessment for their skills in the English language through Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Students in Year 7 will sit in the Cambridge English: Key test. This exam recognises the ability to cope with every day written and spoken communications at basic level encouraging the development of abilities which can be used while traveling as well as in study.

Students in Year 8 & 9 will sit in the Cambridge English: Preliminary test. This test provides evidence of practical skills and indicates sufficient practical use in travel, study and work situations.

At Year 9, the final year of Key Stage 3, students will sit in the Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint test to determine the academic progress and achievement in Math, Science and English in terms of global standards. This is to ensure seamless progression to Key Stage 4.

High School – Key Stage 4


Students at Key Stages 4 will undergo even higher assessment for their skills in the English language through Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Year 10 students will sit in the Cambridge English: First test. It is an upper-intermediate English exam that shows that a learner is becoming skilled in English and has the ability to start working in an English-speaking environment, study at an upper-intermediate level, such as pre-university courses.

Year 12 students will sit in the Cambridge English: Advance test. This is the highest level among the Cambridge English exam suite that shows that a student has the language ability to carry out complex research, communicate effectively at a professional level – and stand out from the crowd. This qualification offers proof of the English skills that education institutions and employers seek for high-achieving study and work situations.

For the academic subjects, Key Stage 4 students will be sitting in IGCSE exams. International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) provides a foundation for higher-level courses and is recognised as evidence of adequate competence by almost all universities around the globe. It is accepted as a university entry qualification.

On the final year of Key Stage 4, which is Year 12, students will tackle the “gold standard” among the qualifications offered by Cambridge International Examinations. The A-Level, or the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level, prepare learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications.

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