The youngest members of the ISM family attend the school for half days only. Here the children learn how to go to school. Proficiency in English is the most important part of their learning.
Through games and other activities they also learn how to communicate with other children from many backgrounds, to count, read, paint, sing and the most challenging of all – to meet the expectations of adults.
Grades 1 to 6
ISM emphasizes the skills which students need for a good foundation: mathematics, reading and writing. Also incorporated into the elementary curriculum are social studies, science, spelling, Arabic, French, Art, Music and most students' favorite, physical education!
Within all the classes enrichment experiences supplement the academic areas due to the international blend of students. The students simply concentrate on learning everything they can about each other, languages included. This cross-cultural interaction provides opportunities to make friends from around the world.
The high school follows the curriculum of the Irish departments of education and science. At its core is a strong emphasis on academic achievement and self-discipline. To highlight the importance of the academic core, we have three examinations per year. These examinations take place in November, February and May.
In Grades 7 to 9,
the subjects are English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art, French, Arabic, with the addition of Business studies for Grade 10 students. Physical Education is also an important part of the curriculum.
In the senior cycle (Grades 11 to 12) the students study in preparation for the Irish Leaving Certificate. This is an internationally recognized examination which is deemed to be above par when compared to the final examination of other countries. Throughout this two year course, assessment involves full examinations three times each year with detailed reports being provided to parents. English, Mathematics and Physical Education must be taken at this level. Students then have a choice of studying French, Arabic, Art, Business Studies, Physics, History, Chemistry, Geography, Biology or Economics.