The Secondary School adheres to GISU’s slogan, “Educating to inspire global excellence.” Our students are taught in a caring and supportive environment, which treats each person as an individual and challenges all to excel. We place a high emphasis on rigorous academics, sports, community service and the moral education of our students. Our students are expected to show the model behaviour of responsible global citizens, progressing to higher education and then to the world of work.
All students in the Secondary School are prepared for external examinations set and marked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the world’s leading provider of British-system international examinations. Students in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9, ages 11 to 14) are prepared for the Cambridge Checkpoint tests in English, mathematics and science. In addition, students study courses French, geography, history, business studies, ICT, art, Turkish or extra English, music, PE and sports.
At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11, ages 14 to 16) students prepare to take up to a maximum of nine subjects in the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Following their Key Stage 3 years, students study English, mathematics, science, French/Turkish and geography/history. In addition, students may opt to take business studies, art, ICT, music, English literature and P.E.
Students in Years 12 and 13 (ages 16 to 18) study up to four subjects at AS level in Year 12 and three full A level subjects in Year 13 to qualify them for entry to universities worldwide. Cambridge International AS and A Levels are very flexible. Learners have the freedom to select the subjects that are right for them, they can either follow a broad course of study, or specialise in a particular area. GISU offers a wide variety of subjects, from the arts to the sciences and many more. Every year, thousands of Cambridge International A level students gain places at good universities worldwide- including the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Africa.
However, the Secondary School is not just about examination preparation. At all stages a broad and balanced curriculum is offered. The hallmark of a GISU education is its focus on the individual student, encouraging all of them to become independent learners with enquiring minds. An emphasis on student involvement in the learning process, on group and project work, and on extended investigations, helps students to develop the skills and judgement they need for success in college and in the workplace.
Every student is part of a class with its own teacher, whose job is to monitor the studies and personal growth of each of the students. This commitment to individual care is unique to the GISU educational system. There is also a full programme of sports and other activities to encourage each student to become a mature and rounded individual with a range of interests, ready to go out into the modern world prepared to overcome the challenges he or she may face.