Lower Secondary Programme
JMS Secondary School consists of Lower Secondary (Grade 7 and 8), Upper Secondary (Grade 9 and 10) and Diploma (Grade 11 and 12). For the Lower Secondary JMS uses Cambridge Secondary Programme 1, for the Upper Secondary we use Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), while for the Diploma level JMS uses International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. JMS learners go through a smooth transition from Primary Years, which use Primary Cambridge Program curriculum, to the Lower Secondary level.
Lower Secondary (Years 7-8)
JMS Lower Secondary is a transition period for our learners to build on their knowledge from JMS Primary Years and prepare them academically and emotionally for JMS Upper Secondary. In this transition period, we focus on the learners’ academic, social, and emotional learning. We view the learner’s relationships and emotional learning as a top priority by making sure the learning is fun and engaging. Lower Secondary is the crucial time for development in a learner’s life because their life is changing physically, emotionally, and socially. They are just starting to know themselves, their friends, and the world around them in a deeper and more meaningful way. The low learner-teacher ratio at JMS enables us in the Lower Secondary to guide and support the individual learners to go through this dynamic transitional period, allowing them to strive for academic excellence to be productive, successful citizens for their global future.
JMS Lower Secondary focuses on small group instruction and intensive, personalized academic and social-emotional interventions to help unlock the potential for success in every learner. We use a project-based learning framework that allows learners to perform well in Cambridge Lower Secondary by solving problems that matter to them.
Learners at the Lower Secondary are exposed to a broader range of academic subject matter and curricula while being encouraged to ask higher-level questions that require more sophisticated thinking skills. We also guide them to love the options they now have before them, including the introduction of elective choices on their schedules. JMS also pays attention to the fun side of the learning process. Lower Secondary learners are fond of the annual three-to-five-day Camp week – for many, this is an exciting experience and, for some, their first time away from their family.
At JMS we have been ever mindful of developing a distinct Lower Secondary philosophy and program to meet learners’ academic and psychological needs. A focus on making connections academically, developing organizational skills and greater independence, and providing personal expression opportunities are fundamentals for the growing learners in the Lower Secondary level at JMS.
Curriculum Grade 7 and 8
What is the Cambridge Secondary 1 Programme?
Cambridge Secondary Programme 1 is for learners of the age group 11 to 14 years (Grade 7 to Grade 8). It sets clear learning objectives for the two years of Lower Secondary in English, mathematics, science, global perspectives, physical education, music, and visual art for the two years of Lower Secondary education. The curriculum is compatible with other curricula, internationally relevant, and sensitive to different needs and cultures. At JMS the Lower Secondary level provides a natural progression from Primary Years to Upper Secondary education.
The School Offers The Following Subjects in Grades 7 and 8
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Test and Assessment: Cambridge Checkpoint
Cambridge Checkpoint tests are conducted and assessed by Cambridge University. The tests are to be taken in English, Mathematics, and Science. The tests cover all major areas of learning required in the first years of international secondary education. Cambridge Checkpoint examination sessions in JMS are conducted during April, and results are issued in June.
The tests are marked in Cambridge and provide schools with an external international benchmark for learner performance. Each learner receives a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report, giving the school detailed information and parents extra trust in the feedback they receive.