Academic


Introduction

Borneo International School opens our doors to both overseas and local students to prepare them for the rigors of life, help them excel in their studies and develop a lasting passion for learning.

We presently employ the Cambridge International Examination Curriculum, a programme designed around a set of the best educational and assessment principles. This comprehensive curriculum prepares and leads students between the ages of 6 and 18 years toward pre-tertiary qualifications necessary for their success in their future endeavors. All subjects will be taught in English, except for the Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin language classes.

Parents/guardians will receive notifications of their child’s homework and progress via a dedicated mobile app. They will also receive two written reports per annum on their child’s progress, and an invitation to our annual parent-teacher meeting (PTM) to receive feedback on their child’s performance.



Cambridge Primary

The Primary Level caters to students from Year 1-6. We use the Cambridge Primary Programme (CPP), a comprehensive and creative, inquiry-based curriculum, that serves more than 10,000 schools in 160 countries worldwide. It enables students to develop their confidence and possess a zeal for exploring new and creative ideas. Subjects include:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English
  • Languages (Bahasa Malaysia & Mandarin)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Art and Design
  • Physical Education

The Primary Checkpoint will be held at the end of the Primary phase of education in Year 6 and is part of Borneo International School’s long-term assessment. Parents/guardians may exclude their children from taking this exam if our teaching staff believe that their children are not yet ready for such exams.



Cambridge Secondary

The Secondary Programme (CSP) continues from the Primary Programme and is tailored to Year 7-9 students. It is a curriculum that allows students to experience a wide range of subjects before they decide on their choices of interest. Subjects include:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English
  • English Literature
  • Languages (Bahasa Malaysia & Mandarin)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Physical Education

All Lower Secondary School students will take the Checkpoint Exam in Year 9. This exam, conducted by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), helps students identify their strengths and subjects of interest prior to taking on the IGCSE. The Checkpoint Exam, however, is not a formal qualification, although a Statement of Achievement is awarded to students who pass the test. Students’ papers are sent to Cambridge University and are then marked by trained and skilled examiners.



IGCSE

Students in Years 10 and 11 will take on the internationally recognized International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme.

The IGCSE is a renowned international curriculum adopted by international schools worldwide. Developed by the University of Cambridge Examination Board, it has been a solid foundation for academic success and excellence.

Subjects taught at this level include:

  • Mathematics

  • Additional Mathematics

  • English

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Science – Combined

  • Economics

  • Geography

  • Art and Design

  • Information and Communication Technology

  • Languages (Bahasa Malaysia & Mandarin)

After completing the IGCSE, students can opt to do either the A Levels or other pre-university studies, such as the American, Canadian and Australian matriculation programmes which are required for admission into internationally reputable universities and other institutions of higher learning. Top universities and employers around the world accept IGCSE as the industry’s benchmark for academic ability and proficiency.



AS and A Levels

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