Secondary School
Overview

Verita International School proudly offers the National Curriculum of England and Wales. With a focus on inquiry and experiential learning, students are encouraged to explore the world around them and to learn by doing. Classroom spaces and learning experiences are carefully structured by our teachers, learning assistants, and administrators, facilitating an interdisciplinary approach to learning that allows students to apply knowledge and skills from a variety of academic areas.

In Secondary School, we are committed to developing students academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. We believe that to prepare students for high academic achievement levels, we must first ensure they feel safe emotionally, socially, and physically at school. We are aware that secondary students are going through a wide variety of changes and the most important thing is for them to feel understood by adults. In essence, that is our focus at the secondary level. We strive daily to build positive relationships with the students in order to enhance their learning experience in the classroom. In turn, we hope they will become globally-minded citizens of society with a strong sense of social justice.

Introduction Letter

Rico Chow, Principal of Secondary School

Dear Parents, Welcome to the Secondary School at Verita International School.

VIS’s reputation is founded on the distinguished students we have the honour to work with, the knowledge, skills and commitment of our teachers, and the endless support and active engagement of our parents. This triangular relationship serves as the foundation to effectively deliver VIS’s mission to nurture and enrich the child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth.

Introduction Letter

Rico Chow, Principal of Secondary School

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Secondary School at Verita International School.

VIS’s reputation is founded on the distinguished students we have the honour to work with, the knowledge, skills and commitment of our teachers, and the endless support and active engagement of our parents. This triangular relationship serves as the foundation to effectively deliver VIS’s mission to nurture and enrich the child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth.

International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)
Year 7-9 

The International Middle Years Curriculum is a framework which is founded on the National Curriculum of England and Wales. It transforms the curriculum into a more relevant and inquiry-based approach to learning for Year 7-9 students.

Students in the IMYC learn their subject content through a central conceptual theme paired with a theme descriptor, called the Big Idea; Courage (central theme)/ “being true to yourself requires bravery” (big idea). This topic and descriptor serves as the central focus for student learning in all subjects.

The purpose of this is to help students understand that everything can be connected to a central idea. It is to help them make connections and meaning of their learning across all subjects. In short, it allows them to see the independence and interdependence of subject learning.

Throughout each IMYC unit, students engage in a wide variety of formative and summative assessments. More importantly, they complete reflective journaling to illustrate their personal understanding and connection to the Big Idea. At the end of each IMYC unit, students conclude with a celebratory project called the Exit Point. The Exit Point is a meaningful opportunity for students to utilize what they learned in each subject to reflect their understanding of the Big Idea individually. These Exit Point projects vary from podcasts, videos, apps, service learning, or even short films. In essence, the mediums for students to depict their understanding is limitless. The Exit Points are designed to provide greater student agency to help students take ownership and make meaning of their own learning.

For more information about the IMYC, please visit their website. 

Here is our programme of enquiry for the IMYC in the Secondary School.

Year Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Y9 Unit: Interpretation Unit: Community Unit: Responsibility Unit: Identity
Y8 Unit: Tradition Unit: Relationship Unit: Belief Unit: Courage
Y7 Unit: Adaptability Unit: Structures Unit: Balance Unit: Collaboration

International General Certification of Secondary Education (International GCSE)
Year 10 & 11

VIS offers the International GCSE through Pearson Edexcel, UK’s largest examination board, for Year 10 and 11 students. Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs are qualifications recognised around the world. The academic content and assessments are tailored to international students.

VIS offers the following International GCSE subjects:

  • English Language A
  • English Literature
  • Science Double Award
  • History
  • Mathematics A
  • Art and Design
  • French

Each subject has a scheme of work to be covered over 2 years. To achieve the International GCSE certification for each subject, students must achieve a passing grade on the final exam or coursework at the end of two years. These exams and coursework are externally assessed. The content of each subject has been designed to be relevant and meaningful for international students around the world. Students will learn a variety of topics in great depth in each subject accompanied by a wide variety of ongoing assessments and mock exams.

For more information about the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE, please visit their website. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)
Year 12 & 13

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is a 2 year curriculum designed for Year 12 and 13 students. The DP programme is comprised of six subject groups and three additional required components.

Verita International School is a Candidate School* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Verita International School believes is important for our students.

The six subject groups are:

  • Studies in language in literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts

Each subject group has their own selection of courses.

The three additional required components are:

  • Theory of knowledge (TOK): this component is focused on teaching students to question everything they know. It serves as a pillar to enhance students’ analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Extended Essay (EE): this is an independently researched and written 4000 word essay. Students explore any topic of their interests and will be paired with a supervisor.
  • Creativity, activity, service: students use those three pillars to design and complete a project of their interest.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer the Diploma Programme.  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org

Approaches to
Learning

Approaches to Learning (ATLs) are transdisciplinary skills that are intended to develop students as lifelong learners and reinforce that we are teachers of learners, as well as teachers of subjects. ATLs enables students to develop a variety of skills that help them become better learners. It helps students question their own learning.

Secondary teachers plan their units and teaching activities with the ATLs in mind to ensure students learn how to become a better learner.

The five areas of ATLs are:

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Social Skills
  3. Self- Management Skills
  4. Research Skills
  5. Thinking Skills

Inquiry-Based
Learning

At the secondary level, there is a heavy emphasis on inquiry-based learning. Students showcase their understanding through various explorative projects and assignments. For instance, students may research on a topic and showcase their understanding through the creation of a magazine, podcasts, and etc. The emphasis is on independent learning and learning through mistakes. It is a shift from the conventional model of viewing students as empty vessels waiting to be filled with the teacher’s information. This allows students to take greater ownership and responsibility for their own learning. 

After-School
Activities

During and after school we offer students a broad range of opportunities to express creativity, performance, athletics and inclusion. We believe in finding and developing every student’s unique talents. A strong sense of community with an emphasis on the arts, sports and a social curriculum reinforces our rigorous academic goals.

The School Day

The secondary school day is structured through 40 minute block periods. Students begin the day at 8:45 in their homeroom with their advisor. During this time, advisors go through important announcements and take attendance. More importantly, it is an opportunity for advisors to check in on how each student is feeling and inform other teachers if necessary. At 9:00, students start their first lesson of the day. Students have a subject-specific teacher for each of their course. Over the course of a week, students will generally spend more time with their core teachers and less with their specialist teachers.

Legend for subjects:

Core subjects

  • English (Eng)
  • Science (Sci)
  • Mathematics (Ma)
  • Humanities (Hum)
  • French, Romanian & ELL (Lang)

Specialist subjects:

  • Art
  • Design and Technology (D&T)
  • Music (Mus)
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Ready to send your child on
the learning adventure of a lifetime?

We develop your child’s talents, build friendly relationships in a safe environment, and make learning enjoyable. Verita is the best fit for you if you believe that your children are part of a generation that needs to be independent, creative and ready for the world.

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