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.
In key stages 2 and 3, students also experience local culture and understanding through an integration of the English National Curriculum with the Chilean system, using a template developed specifically for TIPS.
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, 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 and 3. Between the ages of 14 and 19, students complete key stages 4 and 5 using the Cambridge Assessment International Education program, and have the opportunity to work towards a range of qualifications, including the optional examenes libres program to complete a recognized Chilean education.