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  • Charlotte's Premiere International School

    An international school is an advanced curriculum that promotes a genuine interest in the lives of others.

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  • Success for Every Child

    A personalized approach to teaching and a curriculum that delivers academic and social confidence

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  • Challenging and Fun

    Over 60 enrichment activities throughout the year and a diverse and supportive student community

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  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers never stop learning and have experience in shaping learning outcomes to every individual child

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Upper Secondary

  • Learning & Curriculum

Upper Secondary School (High School Equivalent) Age Range

This is a two-year program for students aged 14 to 16 that will enable your child to complete the internationally recognized IGCSE qualifications.

Leader of Secondary

Julie Tombs, Leader of Secondary

Curriculum Followed: Understanding the IGCSE

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world’s most prominent international qualification for 14- to 16-year-olds. It is recognized by leading colleges, universities and employers worldwide. The IGCSE offers an international passport to progression and success. 

Your child will typically study nine subjects over six terms. After two years of study, he or she will be assessed through exams marked by examining boards based in England. He or she will then be externally awarded an individual subject IGCSE certificate, which provides a useful benchmark of performance at age 16.

Personalization for Secondary School Students

Your son or daughter will have the option to select their IGCSE subjects based on their preferences and their ambitions. We will work with you and your child to help them make the best choices for their future success, both in school and beyond. Their progress will be monitored over the two-year period to ensure that they are on track to succeed. 

Subjects and Skills Taught

Compulsory Subjects:

  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Statistic
  • Students are also encouraged to choose:
    • One humanities subject
    • Two sciences
    • One language

Optional Subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • French
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music


Students are encouraged to choose one subject from either French or Spanish at IGCSE.

Progression to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Eight IGCSEs at C grade or above is considered to be worth the equivalent of a standard U.S. High School Diploma by the end of Year 11 (U.S. Grade 10). This accelerated academic program is then followed in Years 12-13 (U.S. Grades 11-12) by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).  We are proud to be an IB World School, delivering this well-respected and highly-valued curriculum. IB World Schools share a common philosophy and one that BISC believes is transformative to our students: a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education.

The completion of the IGCSE and IBDP at our school offers an excellent well-rounded educational platform for entry into competitive colleges and universities worldwide.