About the Curriculum
ACS Egham is the first and only school in the UK fully authorised to offer all four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, providing all our students with a globally-recognised, reassuringly independent, and seamless route to success – both in and out of the classroom.
The IB programmes have proved themselves to be the success story in secondary education – globally recognised and accepted for continuing education at universities and colleges around the world.
The Complete IB Offer
At ACS Egham, we offer:
- IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) ages 4-11
- IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) ages 11-16
- IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) ages 16-18
- IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) ages 16-18
- US High School Diploma ages 16-18.
Premier Academic Programmes
The International Baccalaureate offers a continuum of international education for students ages 3-19. The IB’s four programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
IB programmes are developed independently from national systems and governments, incorporating best practice from research and a global community of more than 4,000 top-performing schools. IB World Schools encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions, to become globally engaged, and to learn multilingually.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Grades 1 to 10
The school's EAL programme is designed to help students whose native language is not English. The EAL programme is structured around two principles based on research findings:
- children learn languages most effectively through immersion
- children's native language skills influence their rate of learning and proficiency in a second language.
During the school day, EAL children are immersed in regular classrooms and supported by specially trained teachers, who ensure the most effective learning strategies are in place to deliver individual success. There is a clear focus on each student's ability to acquire basic vocabulary, and vocabulary relevant to classroom topics.
Grades 11 & 12
Although students entering the final two years of High School are expected to have a good standard of English, support is provided for students who need extra support to fully master Academic English.
Native Language Enrichment (NLE) Grades 1 to 10
ACS Egham encourages all students to maintain their native language proficiency, as we know it helps their acquisition of additional languages. The school offers a dynamic NLE programme, and the languages offered each year reflect the major nationality groups in the school.
The school financially supports this programme through after-school or elective classes – providing there are sufficient students numbers. Parents of students whose language is not offered in the NLE programme are welcome to contact the NLE Head of Department for a list of recommended private instructors.
IB Diploma Programme - Mother Tongue Support
The school financially supports this programme providing there are sufficient students (2 or more, and with the agreement of the Head of School) for each language. Examples of languages that have been offered include: Dutch, German, Spanish, Danish and Korean.
NTC Nobel - Dutch School
Located at and supported by ACS Egham, NTC Nobel provides Dutch language and culture education for Dutch and Flemish students in grade 1-8. NTC Nobel follows the Dutch educational curriculum and is officially accredited by the Dutch government. Our aim is to provide a seamless transition into the Dutch school system for students when moving (back) to The Netherlands. In addition, it is also a thorough preparation for students planning to do Dutch as an IB subject.
NTC Nobel uses up-to-date educational materials and standardised tests. The lessons are taught on a weekly basis after school for 2.5 hours. Next to language we also pay attention to the Dutch and Flemish culture and celebrations through e.g. culture projects, Dutch movie nights and celebration of Koningsdag. For more information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Curriculum That Helps Transition
Expatriate parents sometimes ask if an American curriculum would be a better option for their children while they are living in the UK. ACS Egham parents have repeatedly confirmed that the IB curriculum provides an excellent preparation for school when they return to their home country.
Students from Pre-K through 12th Grade (4 to 18 year olds) are encouraged to love and participate in live music; from general classes including individual tutorials, to challenging International Baccalaureate courses in the High School.
Playing in a team is one part of school life we believe every student should experience, whatever their level. Our programme is positive, inclusive, and encourages students to be well-rounded individuals.
Through the Arts at ACS Egham, students master experimentation as a different way of learning, as there is no single route to achievement.
With creative freedom, students develop tolerance, understanding, and perspectives that will benefit them in ways tomorrow has yet to decide. Future-proofing the application of intelligence has never been more important.