High School Curriculum
Green Hills Academy believes in a balanced education that establishes a solid foundation for all students in literacy and numeracy while allowing students to explore specialist areas dependent on their interests, strengths, ability, and college aspirations. To achieve this, the high school follows the IGCSE and IB programs which help ensure we maintain good standard of our students’ academic aspirations.
Grades 9 and 10 – Cambridge IGCSE
In Grades 9 and 10 students study the International General Certificate of High Education (IGCSE) curriculum of Cambridge University. Courses are taken for two years, with an external examination in each subject at the end of that time. The assessment system is appropriate for students of all abilities.
The examination body is the CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). All examinations are set in the United Kingdom and the answer scripts are sent there for marking. The structure and content of the syllabi are validated by the UK Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, ensuring a strong education for our students. The progress of our students is carefully monitored throughout the course. They are taught to set their own goal targets and determine the actions necessary to achieve them.
Subject Choices: students choose one subject from each block.
- Block 1 First Language: English – French
- Block 2 Second Language: French – English – German
- Block 3 Optional English Literature, depending on ability
- Block 4 History – Physics
- Block 5 Biology
- Block 6 Chemistry – Geography
- Block7 Mathematics
- Block 8 Art – Band - Business Studies – Physical Education – Information Technology
GHA also offers the following non-IGCSE courses: Kinyarwanda, Physical Education
Grades 11 and 12 – International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a two-year programme of study designed to lead to a Diploma or a Certificate, both of which are accepted as university entrance qualifications throughout the world. (Note: some restrictions apply.) While the IB is a challenging programme, it is open to students of a wide range of abilities. Green Hills Academy has been an IB World School since 2005, offering the IB to students in Grades 11 and 12, with English as the language of instruction.
For the IB Diploma, students are required to study six subjects, from six different groups, three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level, as well as a core programme. In all subjects, students are assessed through a combination of coursework throughout the two years and exams at the end, which are marked externally. The top grade in each course is 7, and up to 3 bonus points can be gained for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. A total score of 24 is required to be awarded the Diploma. Students for whom the full Diploma programme would be too challenging can opt to take the Certificate which allows a wider range of course choices. The Principal and the IB Coordinator will give advice on the most suitable academic programme for each student.
Subject Areas offered at Green hills Academy:
- Language A
- English: Language & Literature
- French: Language & Literature
- (Note: in these courses, students study not the language, but the use of language in communication.)
- Language b
- English B
- French B
- French ab initio SL
- German B
- Business and Management
- Psychology SL
- Environmental Science & Society
- Natural Science
- Environmental Science & Society
- Mathematics SL
- Mathematical Studies SL
- Mathematics HL
- The Arts
- Visual Art, or another subject from one of the other groups
CAS (creative, active, service)
There are a wide range of options, including visiting a local orphanage, raising funds for charity, publishing the school’s yearbook and taking part in a variety of sports.
This is a piece of individual research in one of the student’s subjects, with support from the subject teacher. About 4000 words.
Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
This is a course in reasoning and critical thinking, focusing on different areas of knowledge. Two hours per week.
To learn more about Cambridge please see the Cambridge website at: www.cambridgeinternational.org/
To learn more about the IB Program, please see the IB website at: www.ibo.org/information-for-parents/
If you have more questions please feel free to contact one of the High School team members below.
Diane Umubyeyi, School Administrative Assistant
Anna Bagabe, Principal
Tr. Mathias Ndinya, Vice-Principal (responsible for grades 11-12)
Tr. Angela Lutalo, Vice-Principal (responsible for grades 9-10)