The curriculum for The International Preparatory School is based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales, a curriculum designed to serve the needs of children in the twenty-first century and provide them with a balanced, coherent education characterized by continuity and progression. As an international school in Santiago, Chile, we believe that this curriculum serves the needs of the international community as well as that of Great Britain.
The National Curriculum seeks to develop basic skills as well as the capacity to think imaginatively and creatively. It reflects the belief that to learn effectively children need to become problem solvers, to observe and analyze situations, to interpret evidence, hypothesize, predict, to apply appropriate skills and existing experience, to learn from trial and error and to evaluate critically. It seeks to help students develop the ability to learn for themselves, to go beyond immediately available information through research and investigation.
The International Preparatory School inspires its students to be global citizens in a caring family environment, with individual attention, where they will be taught to think and will be given an international perspective to their education.
As a small international school, The International Preparatory School is committed to providing a friendly, supportive environment particularly well suited for children of all ages who face a series of sustained changes in their lives. The educational philosophy, approach to learning, small class size and favorable student/teacher ratio are factors which help each child to develop as an individual with a strong sense of identity, well-being and self-confidence.
The International Preparatory School offers education from early childhood through High School in preparation for university. From the ages of 3 to 5 children experience the Foundation Stage. From the age of five to fourteen the National Curriculum provides a structured and assessed education through Key Stages 1 to 3. Between the ages of 14 and 19, students complete Key Stage 4 and have the opportunity to work towards a range of qualifications.
Our elementary and middle school grades are accredited by the Chilean Ministry of Education. At the high school level we follow the British system and are recognized by the University of Cambridge as a center for their examinations. At that level our students prepare for and take the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations with the possibility of going on to the AS and A-level exams. All of these examinations are externally marked by Cambridge International Examinations, a department of the University of Cambridge.
The International Preparatory School is authorized to administer examinations for the International Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), AS (Advanced Subsidiary level) or A-levels (Advanced levels), which are accepted for admission to U.K. universities as well as many other universities around the world. The school also applies internal testing based on the Checkpoint examinations for students who are completing Grade Eight (Year 9) and who are therefore about to begin their preparation for the IGCSEs.
For more information on the key stages, please consult the Key Stage Chart.