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Curriculum and Learning

The curriculum at CIS Armenia is based upon the programs of the British National, Cambridge International, and Armenian National curricula, starting with Early Years Preschool, Primary School, and moving to Secondary School (Lower Secondary, IGCSE Level, AS and A Level) in the senior years. The international program ensures a smooth transition through the years of schooling and provides the opportunity for students to succeed in a stimulating, externally validated and highly respected world-class educational program. Ultimately, the qualifications which can be obtained by our senior students can open the doors to universities over the world.

Early Years Preschool

 [ Foundation Stage 1 – Foundation Stage 2 ]

There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas are important and inter-connected and are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The seven areas are:

  • Communication and Language
    Children are given opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical Development
    Young children are provided with opportunities to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    Children develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; form positive relationships and develop respect for others; develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and have confidence in their own abilities.
  • Literacy
    Children link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
  • Mathematics
    Children develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
  • Understanding the World
    Children learn making sense of their physical world and their community through exploring, observation and finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive Arts and Design
    Children explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, design and technology.

Primary School

 [ Year 1 – Year 6 ]

The key subjects of English (or English as a Second  Language), Mathematics, Science and ICT as well as other subjects are based upon the Cambridge International Curriculum. They include Art, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, and Personal and Social Education. Russian is taught starting from Year 3, and Armenian for native speakers starting from Year 1 in line with the Armenian Public School Curriculum.

The Cambridge Curriculum program provides with statements of content, knowledge, skills, understanding, and attainment target levels for all of the subjects we teach other than Armenian and Russian. There are variety of resources available to assist teachers that are obtained particularly from the UK.

However, academic subjects are only part of the methodology our teachers follow. Where we believe we excel is putting the child and their needs first. So, not only do we recognize that each child is a personality, but also that every new day provides with another opportunity for success and happiness.

Secondary School

 [ Year 7- Year 13 ]

The lower secondary years are characterized by an increasingly focused approach with specialist teachers for all subjects. This ensures that students not only develop their knowledge and skills but also get prepared for the rigors of the examination courses which begin with the IGCSE program in Year 10.
The final two years of schooling are dedicated to the Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level examination courses. Recognized around the world for university entrance, they offer students the flexibility of subject choice. So, a student could specialize in science, arts or languages, or take a range of subjects from across different disciplines.

IGCSE Years

 [ Year 10 – Year 11 ]

IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is a two-year program leading to externally set, marked and certificated examinations. It is a unique UK government endorsed program provided to thousands of schools around the world.
Students are offered a curriculum across Years 10 and 11 that offers around 7 IGCSE examination subjects. This list encompasses the core subjects, such as the English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Three or four other subjects might be taken from Geography, History, Russian, Business Studies, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Art and Design, and Drama. The exact availability of subjects in a particular year depends on a number of factors. What is ensured is suitability for our students and learning experience quality.

A & AS Level Curriculum

 [ Year 12 – Year 13 ]

The final two years of schooling are dedicated to the Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level examination courses. Recognized around the world for university entrance, they offer students the flexibility of subject choice. So, a student could specialize in science, arts or languages, or take a range of subjects from across different disciplines. 

The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level, or A Level, is the ‘gold standard’ of international qualifications. It is accepted as an entry qualification by universities of the European Union and elsewhere around the world. A Level examinations are usually taken after 13 years of education and are based on approximately 360 hours of guided learning per subject, normally over a two-year period. A Levels are highly specialized. Student normally take three subjects, although occasionally exceptional students take four or five.

Note: Admission for 2021-2022 school year is open for children aged 3 to 15 years. For more information please contact the school.