CHIREC is a CAIE school affiliated with the University of Cambridge. The CAIE is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for ages 5 to 19. Cambridge Assessment International Education is recognized by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual)- the regulator of examinations in England.
Cambridge Primary Programme (Stages 1 to 5, Ages 5.6 years to 10 years)
Today’s students need to acquire thinking skills, content knowledge, and the social and emotional competencies to navigate complex life and work environments. The Cambridge Curriculum develops Mathematics, English and Science skills in each student. The curriculum is designed to encourage a global outlook and to prepare students for success in different diverse contexts.
Student of Stages 1 to 5 study English, Mathematics and Science along with a Second Language, Global Perspectives with Social Studies. Global Perspectives focusses on Critical thinking and enhances skills of research, analysis, evaluation, communication and collaboration amongst the student.
In addition, the ICT program cultivates crucial skills in Information and Communication Technology amongst the students. Students from Grade 1 are exposed to Computational Thinking and Coding.
The school offers Spanish and Hindi as second languages. Student of Stage 1 are taught Telugu as a third language. These students will continue to learn Telugu as they progress to higher classes.
The students may choose to take the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Exam in April after Stage 5 in English, Mathematics and Science (please refer to www.cie.org.uk for details).
The assessment for Cambridge Primary Years is formative, and objective based subject reports are given periodically. Summative Assessments are in the form of Progression Exams, which are held at the end of each term.
Cambridge Secondary 1 (Stages 6 to 8)
Cambridge Secondary offers a flexible curriculum with integrated assessment to provide a natural progression from the Primary Programme to the Secondary. In a technology and media-driven environment, marked by access to an abundance of information and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale, 21st century students must exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills, which the Cambridge Secondary 1 Programme helps to develop.
Students of Stages 6 to 8 study English, Mathematics and Science, along with Social Studies and one Second language. The Second languages offered are Hindi, French and Spanish. Telugu is taught as a third language to students of Stage 6. These students will continue learning Telugu as they progress to the next grade.
The ICT program also develops vital skills in Information and Communication Technology.
Assessment is both Formative and Summative. Formative Assessment includes day to day activities, presentations, projects and lab work. Summative Assessment includes Progression Examinations at the end of each term. The Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint examination is taken in English, Mathematics and Science at the end of Stage 8. This is a diagnostic assessment to check learning, compare individuals and classes, and reports progress to learners, teachers and parents. The Secondary Checkpoint 1 provides detailed feedback about a students strengths and weaknesses..
Cambridge Secondary 2 (Stages 9 and 10 - IGCSE)
The Secondary Programme 2 focuses on preparing students for the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Examination (IGCSE). Within IGCSE, students at CHIREC become a part of the International Certificates in Education(ICE) awards where they take subjects from all the five curriculum areas given by Cambridge and satisfy certain conditions laid by CAIE.
With a two-year curriculum, students are exposed to learner-centric and enquiry-based approaches to learning to develop skills in critical thinking, and problem solving.
||Humanities & Social Sciences
||Creative, Technical & Vocational
||Art and Design
** Extended Math is offered as an accelerated course (studied and examined in one year) and as a normal two-year course. Students who have an aptitude for Math are offered the accelerated course. After scoring a grade no lower than an A, they are offered Additional Math as a one-year accelerated course.
Stages 11 & 12
The school has discontinued offering the A-Levels Programme starting from the academic year 2019. The last batch of A Level students will graduate in March/May 2020. Students completing the IGCSE Programme are free to choose from our CBSE or IB programmes for their Grades 11 & 12.