Frequently Asked Questions

The International Baccalaureate is an independent , not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The IB programmes are highly valued world-wide and provide a gateway for students to gain competitive offers from universities. The IB offers three programs

  • The Primary Years Program for students aged 3-12
  • The Middle Years Program for students aged 11-16
  • The Diploma Program for students aged 16-19

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is part of University of Cambridge. Their international qualifications are recognized by the world best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. The CIE offers four programmes:

  • Cambridge Primary (5 to 11 year olds)
  • Cambridge Secondary 1 (11 to 14 year olds)
  • Cambridge Secondary 2 (14 to 16 year olds)
  • Cambridge Advanced (16 to 19 year olds)

The IB provides a framework/methodology which offers all schools the flexibility to design their courses according to local needs. At AAIS, the IB PYP program has been designed to help young children become independent and responsible towards their learning. The School offers a seamless integration into the CIE Lower Secondary Programme at Grade 6, where the inquiry-based approach is followed through.

Two world-clas school finishing programmes are offered at AAIS, viz. the CIE AS/A Levels and the IB DP.

Through all of these programmes, discipline, responsibility and independence in learning is the focus of a learner at AAIS, to ensure that he develops the skills required to face any competitive exam with confidence.

Absolutely not! The international schooling methodologies of IB and CIE are based on the belief in educating children to make global citizens. It focuses as much on skills and attitudes, as on the knowledge. The CIE A Levels and the IB DP are the equivalent of the +2 exams of any Indian board. The IB DP and CIE A Level are recognised as a valid certificate by the Association of Indian Universities to enter any Indian college.

In order ensure that our children are adequately prepared to face the Indian system of higher education, the School conducts exams from Grade 4 onwards.

However, exams are not the only assessment tool used to report on a child’s progress. Several other tools are also used to effectively monitor and communicate each child’s progress his parents.

The IB and CIE pedagogy provide a hands-on, application oriented approach to schooling. While the subject-wise content at each class level would remain comparable to an Indian board such as ICSE; the international schooling’s concept-based approach to learning ensures the students’ skills and attitudes are developed, and they are exposed to global perspectives.

International benchmark The Cambridge programmes incorporate internationally benchmarked, standardised tests which are marked by CIE to provide an international benchmark of student achievement; enabling teachers to advise learners and parents of the suitability of different progression routes.

Flexible Programme, Flexible Assessment?AAIS believes in adopting the best of Indian school practices, hence the term-wise testing cycle of Indian schools will be followed. Students’ evaluation is thus an exciting combination of innovative and international quality assessment. ?With the AAIS expertise on international curriculum and practices at the classroom level; we will strive to match the NCERT curriculum content in Maths and Sciences , offer Social Sciences with national perspectives and ICT as an added subject

Links to other stages Cambridge Secondary 1 links seamlessly with any Primary Programme and provides standardised tests to allow careful monitoring of progress from primary to middle school. It also provides excellent preparation for learners embarking on Cambridge Secondary 2.

Cambridge Checkpoint Students of our International School will take the Cambridge Checkpoint exam at the end of Grade 8 and the IGCSE exam at the end of Grade 10.