Welcome from Heads of Secondary School

Welcome to the secondary school at SISQ. Students who join us from Grade 6 can expect to have a rigorous, challenging, creative and fun experience. We pride ourselves on the high expectations we set for both our students and staff.

Students can expect to be pushed and challenged with what they learn and what is expected of them, both inside and outside the classroom. At SISQ we aim to graduate students who are global citizens and confident leaders capable of affecting change in the world and making a difference. To do this, we build resilience, confidence, creativity and communication skills through all aspects of our curriculum. The academic qualifications that students gain are world recognised, but we expect our students to leave us with much more than academic certificates: a sense of purpose and the confidence to face challenges.

Part of becoming an effective global citizen is the ability to communicate with people from different cultures and backgrounds. SISQ is a school that places great importance on language learning in both primary and secondary school. All students study English, French and Arabic and instruction is differentiated to enable all students to reach their full potential, regardless of their starting point. We also acknowledge, encourage and celebrate other languages whenever possible, instilling in students a sense of pride in their own mother tongue, as well as respect for those who belong to different cultures and traditions.

All students in the secondary school follow the IB* Middle Years curriculum in Grades 6-10 with the aim of completing the Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12. Students in Grade 6 are taught in mixed gender classes, while those in Grades 7-10 are taught in a single-sex classroom environment. This is due to pedagogical research which has indicated that boys and girls may approach learning differently and are suited to different pedagogical methods and strategies. The ability to interact with all members of the school community is still of paramount importance and both boys and girls are able to participate together in extracurricular activities as well as sharing common social spaces and free time during the school day.

Sincerely,

Lana Kulas (Head of Secondary School for Girls) and

John Godbold (Head of Secondary School for Boys)

*SISQ is a candidate school to deliver the International Baccalaureate Programmes. The school is currently pursuing authorization as an IB World School. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org

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