In August of each year, Year 9 students begin two-year courses that will lead to IGCSE qualifications.
Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) Cambridge IGCSE subjects are a group of courses specifically designed to provide students with the best of international education instruction for Years 9 and 10. From this base students will have the option to aim for the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma by taking Cambridge International AS / A Levels papers in Year 11 and 12.
Students at SMS take the IGCSE in Years 9 and 10, and study 7 IGCSE subjects. All students take two English Language papers plus one elective Language, Global Perspectives, Mathematics, Science, and a Humanities paper. This qualifies them for the internationally recognised Cambridge International Certificate of Education (ICE), particularly popular in the USA.
As students progress through their two-year IGCSE learning path they will be provided with continuous feedback on their learning progress. Towards the end of Grade 10 they will have the opportunity to sit external assessments. The examinations include written and oral tests as well as practical assessment. Coursework is evaluated in-house by SMS teachers and moderated by external examiners from the CIE.