International School of Laos adapted Cambridge International Curriculum as its Lower Secondary international learning program. Our school uses the Lao National Curriculum for its “bilingual education program”.
The day starts with English medium subjects and during the afternoon students divide into groups based on the parent preference as International and Bilingual. International Program students continue their studies in English while Bilingual Program students continue their studies in Lao. Our Lower Secondary Department consists of Grade 6,7,8 and 9.
Below are the highlights of the Cambridge Lower Secondary Curriculum.
English as a Second Language
This curriculum framework develops learners’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English. The curriculum has been developed in conjunction with Cambridge Assessment English and is based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), used across the world to map learners’ progress in English.
The curriculum framework explores six content areas: number, algebra, geometry, measure, handling data, and problem-solving. The first five content areas are all underpinned by problem-solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also an important part of the number content. The curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions, and relationships so that learners apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.
This curriculum framework covers four content areas: scientific enquiry, biology, chemistry, and physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work, and recording and analyzing data. The scientific enquiry objectives underpin biology, chemistry, and physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of Science are also part of the curriculum.
All students take Cambridge Progression Tests starting from grade 7. This exam is administered for ESL, Mathematics and Science subjects. The results are used for better teaching and learning as well as preparation for the IGCSE subject exams.
Our school follows the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports curriculum. Our branches work closely with district education authorities to ensure the quality of teaching and learning. Our Patom 5, Matayom 4 and 7 students take graduation examinations and eligible for the official Lao graduation certificate.
International School of Laos Lower Secondary Students enjoys learning an extra language and culture. Within the Foreign Language program, students learn spoken and written forms of the Korean language.
ICT, Physical Education, Art, Music, Communication Skills, Character Education, Lao Language, Math Lao, Science Lao, Lao Social Studies (Geography, History, Health).