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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.

Reassuringly independent and rigorous, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a premium entrance qualification to universities around the world, recognised for its academic integrity, range, and the high level of study skills each student must develop to succeed.
Riya Kaur, ex-student at ACS Egham
With the IB, we also use textbooks, but we are taught to question what we read and to actually utilise the knowledge we acquire – not just regurgitate it. We learn beyond the textbook.
Riya Kaur, High School Student
Graduating student adjusting mortarboard

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.     
High school students Egham

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 ntcnobel@gmail.com.

Lower School students singing in an assembly

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.

 

Two Egham students walking through the school campus
I am happy to say that my three kids had a wonderful transition back to the US. They all quickly adjusted academically and socially to the traditional American school system. They are extremely well prepared for the classroom assignments and can complete their work with ease, which I think is important for giving them a sense of mastery and well-being in their new school environment.
ACS Egham Parent