High School - IGCSE
The four-year high school experience at Rome International School commences with the Cambridge IGCSE in the first two years and culminates with the globally recognised IB Diploma.
RIS is accredited as a Cambridge International School and examination centre. The Cambridge IGCSE programme is designed to provide a well recognised academic education for the first stage of High School and also prepares students for the rigorous and demanding International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme offered in Years 12 and 13.
Students study a range of subjects over the two-year course leading to the IGCSE qualification in each subject studied. Successful completion of these examinations is a requirement for entry to our IB Diploma Programme.
Our students can take examinations in eight to eleven subjects from the following categories:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Coordinated Science
- Humanities (History, Geography or Economics)
- Creative Arts (Art, Music or Drama)
- Arabic, French, Spanish, or Chinese as a third language
- Physical Education* or Information Technology
Each student meets with the IGCSE Coordinator to discuss the most appropriate choices.
Students take a minimum of one subject from each category as compulsory subjects and in addition they choose subjects according to their interests and skills. Language options are normally chosen according to those previously studied.
*On top of the P.E. lessons available for all students.
IGCSE grades are on a scale from A* to G. These grades are achieved through a combination of coursework and oral examinations (taken mostly in May and June for Year 11). We have high expectations for our students in these exams.
Ages 14 to 16 / Year 10 to Year 11
The world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year-olds, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a two-year course of study, validated by Cambridge Examinations. With a focus on research, problem-solving and inquiry based learning, it is excellent preparation for the demands of the IB Diploma Programme. Students interested in joining the Cambridge IGCSE programme at RIS will be required to sit an assessment test.
08.30 to 15.45
After-school activities available
We are proud of our students' results. The IGCSE grades have steadily improved over the years and here are some highlights from 2022-2023:
- 80% of all grades were A* to C*; with 20% scoring A*
- 100% pass rate in 11 subjects