7th 10th Grade
Methodology and curriculum in Secondary
Skills-based Instruction in Secondary School
The curriculum in the first years of Secondary School is predominantly based on the Peruvian National Curriculum. These courses are taught with a focus on preparing our students for the demands of the IB Diploma Program. We focus on developing our students’ academic, social, and emotional skills to prepare them for success in top universities as well as other aspects of adult life.
7th gradeFirst of Secondary
8th gradeSecond of Secondary
9th gradeThird of Secondary
10th gradeFourth Secondary
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Language Instruction in Secondary School
In addition to intensive English classes in Secondary that build on the bilingualism developed in Early Years and Primary, Quechua instruction is added. The English course in Secondary School combines the teaching of the language (grammar, writing, and oral communication) with literature analysis at a level for native-English speakers. This course prepares students for the demands of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and to study university in an English-speaking country.
The Quechua language is also taught in order for students to learn to communicate socially as well as discover important elements of Andean culture through its language.
Supporting our Secondary School students
Every grade at our school has a ”tutor”, or advisor, serving as the main adult responsible for the care and progress of a student. Our school accompanies students in their transition from children to youth and from youth to adulthood. The Department of Guidance and Psychopedagogy, together with the teachers, carries out a specialized program that addresses to the needs of our students, emphasizing the development of autonomy, self-management, respect and responsibility, in addition to the attributes of our learner profile. This includes two hours a week of “tutoria” classes that focus on the social-emotional development of our students.
We also work with families on how to support their children and provide them with individualized information on their academic progress. In addition, teachers are available each week to provide personalized support to students; in this way, we are able to provide a supportive environment where young people can develop their study habits and skills.
Holistic Approach in Secondary School
We understand that people have different ways of processing information, different ways of understanding the world around them and that everyone has an area in which they excel.
We strive for academic, social, and emotional success. Our school seeks to offer a variety of opportunities for each student to demonstrate what he or she is good at, discover the skills they’ll need to achieve their future goals and learn to strengthen weaknesses. In addition, we differentiate classroom activities in order to take into account and respect different learning styles.
The variety of activities and forms of assessment is part of our interest in reaching all of our students. In this sense, we hold three-way meetings (family, teacher and student) twice a year, in which our students have the opportunity to communicate their achievements in addition to their short and medium term goals. They also make commitments to improve where necessary, involving their families in this process.
These meetings also allow teachers to maintain fluid communication with families and students. In addition, interdisciplinary teaching is an important tenet of our school, we strive to interrelate the activities and contents of our students’ courses to achieve an integrated approach.
Art Classes in Secondary School
We seek to develop students who are good communicators, understanding and expressing their ideas with confidence and creativity in different languages and forms of communication. Developing artistic abilities is an integral part of an IB education that develops balanced students who understand the importance of physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Students in 7th - 10th Grade participate in weekly art classes that prepare them for the IB Diploma Visual Arts course which emphasizes not only the development of students' artistic skills, but also the expressive sense and artistic analysis of their own works as well as those of national and international artists. These students also take voice, guitar and/or percussion classes that culminate in an annual concert.
Our students participate in a variety of athletic activities, both internally at school as well as against other schools. We are pleased that this enables our students to demonstrate both their athletic ability as well as reinforce the IB attributes at all times.
Technology in 7th - 10th Grade
Our school incorporates technology with our students as a strategy to strengthen learning. We understand that the real difference in the use of technology lies in supporting methodologies that prioritize the creation of communities of learning, differentiated instruction, and collaborative creation of knowledge; above all, technology allows our students to access valuable tools for solving real-world problems. Every student in 7th grade and beyond takes a laptop to school which is provided by each family. Teachers schedule time in class to use the laptops striving for a balance between the use of technology and other teaching-learning strategies that enable interpersonal interaction and group activities.