Cambridge Secondary 1 offers schools a flexible curriculum that can be developed to suit their needs. There is a curriculum framework for each subject - English, Mathematics and Science - providing a clear teaching structure.

At NIS we will use the Cambridge Secondary 1 testing structure to assess learner performance and report progress to learners and parents. There are two assessment options:

  • Cambridge Secondary 1 Progression Tests (marked in school)-These tests are conducted twice in an academic year in the month of November and April.
  • Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint (marked by Cambridge examiners)- Checkpoint exams are conducted in the month of April at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1(i.e. class VIII). The tests are marked in Cambridge and each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic report.

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Beyond Cambridge

Aligned with the vision of NIS we have a life skills program specially designed to take care of the needs of Middle school Students.

One of the most important aspects of the program is voluntary service. A study done by World Volunteer Web, revealed that, "youth who volunteer are less likely to engage in risky behavior, are more likely to feel connected to their communities, and tend to do better in school."

At NIS we believe that it is fundamental to impart the significance of helping others. Therefore the aim at NIS is to involve students in volunteering activities. By creating opportunities for our students to give back to others in some way, we are developing a sense of humanity in them. Volunteering gives students new insights and increases their self-esteem. It empowers students to believe they can make a difference through interacting with people who may have different cultural views, values and economic circumstances. It also helps them develop leadership skills.

Students get to meet people, make friends, try new activities and be creative. Volunteering helps them in character building and having a broader viewpoint. It offers them an opportunity to dispel their pent up energies in a positive way. It also helps them deal with many pressures students face including family, school and peers in a healthier way.

It provides them with the opportunity to discover the world that extends beyond their small and protected environment, an opportunity to realize how blessed they are, and brings out the best qualities in them. Finally it also helps them take responsibility.