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An Overview of High School

As they grow to be young people, students at this age group and engaged in a process of continuous learning that focuses on important local and international issues, and with real human problems. CIS students become active community contributors, problem solvers, and critical thinkers. They become more independent as they prepare for their college life, capable to understand abstract concepts, they are socially responsible and keen to delve into areas of profound learning experiences.

Most students at this age are more or less aware of what they want to be as they grow. Students probe and research topics; they are capable of providing validated discussions. The teacher is simply a facilitator or guide; the students analyze, debate, and collaborate with each other. They develop skills that better prepare them for success beyond the school.


CIS will provide students with, not only rigorous knowledge, but most importantly with the diversity, versatility, and leadership skills that will better prepare them for the real competitive world. The program will help students in becoming global citizens who are proud of their cultural heritage and respect that of others. Students will be compassionate, tolerant and accept differences in others. The program will provide opportunities for students to study abroad and return to their country as leaders.


CIS High School students are on the threshold of college life; therefore, it is vital that the students are able to:

  • Have sufficient knowledge of the wider world and have a sense of their own role as global citizens
  • Acquire the skills that will make a global understanding attainable
  • Develop self-discipline, balance, and academic rigor
  • Develop new skills through the variety of activities they will be required to be engaged in
Competency of English Language & Literature

During High School, the focus in the English Courses offered is to develop students’ power of critical thinking, clarity in written and oral communication, as well as coherence of ideas. Literature is used as a media of expression; it is an essential part of the English Program because it does not only provide students with the opportunity to read and discuss different ideas, it also develops students’ skills in critical analysis.

Competency of Mathematics

The mathematics program at Capital International Schools is based on the Common Core Standard. The standards focus on problem solving techniques, reasoning, making connections, and critical thinking. The use of an integrated, problem-based approach of mathematics teaching allows for the development of students’ numeracy skills. Teachers use different strategies to increase students’ fascination with Mathematics; they ensure that students have a positive attitude towards the subject by encouraging students to take risks and never give up. The Math Department strives to engage students in the use of authentic material to help them record and manifest their understanding of concepts taught. It is vital that all students demonstrate not only an understanding of concepts being taught but also procedural proficiency and knowledge of fact. Students are encouraged to deepen their understanding through reflection, questioning, and practice.

Competency of the Sciences

During Middle School, students go through a three course program of integrated science. In High School, students study Core Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. There are also advanced SAT and AP courses in the same subjects introduced as electives in Grades 11 and 12. Students master scientific concepts through exploring, experimenting, and making connections to the real world. During High School students develop a deeper understanding of the sciences by observing, researching, recording, and collecting collecting data. In the pursuit of scientific discoveries, students take part in the Annual Science Fair at school, where they come up with a hypothesis, which they are asked to validate. This process takes a long time of careful planning, researching, experimenting, and recording of observations. This inquiry-based, lab experimentation, field studies, and problem solving process nurtures students’ scientific literacy and awareness.

Competency of the Social Studies

The Social Studies program in High School allows students to expand their knowledge of not only historical, but also cultural, political, economic and geographical concepts. This provides student with more in-depth awareness of the global challenges and conflicts between nations. Students will be required to do a variety of reading from various resources; they will then analyze the readings and generate questions that would allow them to be inquisitive and seek the responses through peer learning. Students will write analytical essays

Competency of the Arts
  • In Middle School students develop their artistic skills, and techniques. They learn about the different types of cultures and through Art History.
  • In Music, students explore their passion in either instrumental or singing.