Middle Years

 The middle years – grade 9 and 10 at the RISS, follows the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) offered by Cambridge Assessment International Education in a two-year examination course.

The culturally sensitive curriculum is designed for an international context, and encourages multilingualism while avoiding cultural bias. The students are helped to develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning, combining clear and defined content with developing skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving.

The Cambridge learner profile encourages confident, responsible, reflective, innovative, engaged and confident learners. Teachers are specifically encouraged to use a variety of mental processes and resources, with both cognitive and affective resources to improve learning. There is an emphasis on engaging students in their learning though active learning and metacognition, using learner-centred and inquiry-based approaches to learning.

All RISS students are entered for an ICE (International Certificate of Education) group award, which guarantees a broad and balanced curriculum. In order to obtain an ICE diploma, a student should study at least seven subjects, including two languages, from five different areas. The ICE provides a foundation for further vocational training in the Netherlands or for higher academic level courses such as the International Baccalaureate (IB).

The following subjects are offered as part of the package:

Subject Groups Subjects offered
English Language and Literature English First language
English Second language
World Literature
Mathematics International Mathematics
Science Co-ordinated Science (Double award)
Languages Dutch First
Dutch Foreign
French Foreign
Spanish Foreign
Own language self study (any of 28 offered)
Humanities and Social Science Global Perspectives
Economics (also available online)
Latin (online only)
Creative and Professional Business Studies (online only)
Art and Design
Information and Communication Technology

Students in grade 9 also attend 2 lessons of physical education and 2 tutorial lessons where they receive personal and social education, study skills and careers information. The 2018 to 2020 cohort is the first to have the opportunity to follow some subjects via a blended learning environment. More extension subjects will also be offered within this structure.

The tiered structure of core and extended in some subjects like English, Math and Science, allows for different ability levels. The results for extended range from A* to G, and with core from C – G, with A* being the highest. The combination of coursework, practical assessments as well as written and oral tasks within various subjects, allow the teachers to construct courses which suit the learners.

The subject choices for the 2017-2019 cohort is available here.
The subject choices for the 2018-2020 cohort is available here.

Cambridge Assessment International education has been developing the IGCSE for around 30 years, and it attracts over 800 000 entries every year from around 146 countries. The RISS is an approved examination centre. More information regarding the Cambridge Assessment Pathway and international recognition can be found here.

For more information about the Middle Years, please contact the team leader: 
Philip Roberts.