At the International school of Havana, our curriculum is built on strong, internationally-recognised standards from leading educational institutions.  

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is generally considered the most rigorous and challenging international qualification for 16 to 18 year-olds seeking matriculation to the world's leading universities and colleges.  To graduate with an IB Diploma, students must successfully complete six courses of study: two courses of language studies, at least one of which must be a mother tongue course with literature studies; one course each of Social Studies, Maths and Science; and one more additional subject. They also complete the IB DP Core: a 4,000-word extended essay, the Theory of Knowledge course, and the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) project.

Students from Grades 9 and 10 are prepared for the rigour of the IB programme by studying the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education. Cambridge IGCSEs are the world's most popular international qualification for 14 to16 years-olds. Course choices available to students are organized and aligned with the choices they will face when starting the IB Diploma Programme while providing a basis for as broad a range of future studies as possible.

Cambridge Frameworks form the foundation of our curriculum in English, Maths, Science and Humanities from Grade 6 to Grade 10. For Maths and English, we use Cambridge Frameworks right down to Kindergarten. Cambridge Frameworks are used in more than 1300 schools in 110 countries. Other language programmes  are based on standards derived from the country of origin and the European Common Framework of Reference for Languages.

For all areas of studies based on Cambridge Frameworks, students undertake the Checkpoint examinations in Grades 5 and 8. These examinations compare ISHavana students to over 100,000 other students from all over the word.

In the Lower School, Science and Humanities are enhanced by the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Together with the Cambridge Frameworks, the IPC ensures students are ready for the move from the Primary to the Middle school.

Both the IPC and Cambridge Frameworks are designed to be compatible with the standards from the National Curriculum from England. In our Early Years Programme, we have used the Early Learning Goals of the National Curriculum for England, as well as the IPC, to ensure our youngest learners are ready for Primary school.

Throughout the school, our focus remains ensuring that we are preparing students for what comes next whether that be from the Early Years to Primary to Middle School to High School; other education systems for our globally mobile students; and for rigors of external examinations, further tertiary studies and other life experiences.  This is what drives us - Learning to Make a Difference - and empowering students to be the architects of their future.

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