Building on strong foundations
King's College, Panama launched in 2012 as a primary school. In 2014, the oldest children will be 11 years old and ready to move into the secondary school. The first cohort of children will soon establish themselves as self-assured, articulate teenagers taught by teachers who will provide challenging and dynamic lessons.
Year 7 to Year 9
Specialist teachers deliver a balanced educational programme broadly based on the English National Curriculum, but with additional subjects such as the introduction of the three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and the availability of modern languages.
Non-Spanish speaking pupils will study Spanish as a second language, whilst pupils who speak Spanish as natives will be offered extra English or possibly a third language. Elements of the curriculum will be delivered according to the rules and regulations set by MEDUCA, the Panamanian Ministry of Education.
Assessment based on National Curriculum levels helps parents and teachers monitor the progress of pupils. Teachers at King's College are kept informed of all the latest developments in the curriculum and the latest techniques for teaching.
Choices at Year 9
14-16 year olds study up to nine subjects in preparation for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education exams. These are official examinations that prove a pupil has successfully completed this stage of compulsory secondary education following a curriculum of proven value. In fact, IGCSEs are studied by young people across the world and King's College schools are registered and monitored as exam centers for IGCSE and A Levels.
In Year 9 choices have to be made about the subjects children wish to take at IGCSE. Most pupils will take eight or nine IGCSEs. Pupils choose number of core subjects which include: English language and literature, sciences, mathematics and Spanish. They then chose from a broader range of subjects which include: French, history, geography, music, art, information technology and business studies.
IGCSEs - Success in examinations
Teachers know better than anyone that exam results can never be a totally reliable or realistic measure of a child's potential or progress. We find that exam success comes with the confidence and passion our teachers impart on our pupils, particularly encouraging individual achievement. The IGCSE exam results of our pupils are hugely impressive and improve each year.