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International Middle Years Curriculum

What is the IMYC?

A challenging, engaging, internationally-minded, concept-focused curriculum designed specifically for the unique learning needs of 11-14 year olds.

Students of this age group need help:

  • to organise their thinking.
  • to make sense of who they are, to find relevance for what they are doing, and to make decisions for themselves; but they require support to achieve these needs.
  • to take action. In taking action, they are willing to face significant risks in order to achieve a goal.
  • They need empathy, advocacy support, and structures in order to become able independent and interdependent individuals.

International General Certificate in Secondary Education.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a two-year examination course followed by students in Grades 9 and 10. It provides a curriculum and methods of assessment appropriate for a wide ability range.

Many subjects may be taken at core or extended level and results are reported on a 7-point grade scale from A to G. Core candidates cannot achieve grades A or B. The IGCSE is administered by the Cambridge University Examination Board with the RISS acting as an approved examination centre.

More information about the IGCSE programme in general can be found here.

Students must take a minimum of seven subjects to qualify for the International Certificate of Education (ICE). The ICE provides a foundation for further vocational training or for higher level courses such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), GCE “A” levels and the North American Advanced Placement Test (AP).

English Language or English as a Second Language (ESL), Mathematics and Global Perspectives are mandatory subjects for all students. For students not taking ESL, World Literature is compulsory.

The table below shows the subjects which will be offered for the next examination season.

Group Number

Group Name



Languages (2 needed)

-First language: Dutch and English
-English Second Language
-Foreign language: Dutch, French, Spanish
-Own Language: self-study


Humanities and Social Science

Geography, Economics, History, Global Perspectives and World Literature - which is compulsory with English First Language



Biology, Physics, Chemistry



Cambridge International Mathematics


Creative, Technical and Vocational

Art and design, ICT, IGPE

At least one subject should be chosen from each of the groups given below. For the current list of first and second languages offered please contact the IGCSE Team Leader.

All examination subjects are taught in three weekly lessons with the exception of Mathematics (four lessons) and English as a Second Language (5 lessons).

All students attend 2 lessons of Physical Education and 1 Tutorial lesson where they receive personal and social education, study skills and careers information.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an academic examination course followed in the final two years in many secondary schools throughout the world. It is recognized by governments and universities worldwide as an entrance qualification to higher education.
  • Candidates study a total of 6 subjects: 3 subjects at Higher Level and 3 subjects at Standard Level. One subject is chosen from each of the following groups:

Group Number

Group Name



Language A

English Literature or Dutch Language and Literature or the student’s own language with literature (Tutored at HL)


Language B

A second language (Dutch, French, English, Spanish) or student’s own language


Individuals and Society

Economics, Geography, History, Information Technology in a Global Society


Experimental Sciences

Biology, Chemistry, Physics,

Environmental Systems and Societies



Mathematics suitable to student’s ability



Art & Design or

Another subject from Groups 1, 2, 3 or 4

There are 3 further requirements. All students must:

  • follow an assessed course in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), which lies at the centre of the IB programme. TOK explores the different methods by which knowledge claims are justified across each area of the IB programme.
  • fulfil the demands of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), which is a programme of activity pursued outside the classroom.
  • write an Extended Essay (of 4000 words) in one of their subjects based on their own research. The extended essay allows students to demonstrate the research skills and knowledge they have learned during their school career.
TOK is taught twice a week. CAS requirements and the Extended Essay are pursued in the student's own time. IB candidates are expected to complete regular rigorous homework assignments.

The course is academically demanding, however, an average student with a good work ethic will succeed.


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