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High School

Realm of abstract thinking - educate the mind.
during this stage, children are ready to work with their thoughts and beliefs and these years are spent developing their thinking skills using cognitive reasoning. They are now ready to think critically and evaluate the world around them.

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High School Grades 9 - 12

(Cambridge International Assessment Education - IGCSE and AS/A levels)

In Our High school programme is designed to meet the holistic needs of the adolescent. This means we will strive to prepare students to become better human beings and to be internally and externally oriented to meet the world when they finish this programme. They will be able to meet the Cambridge curriculum requirements while staying aligned with our vision of the school.

 

This is the time when we must provide adolescent high school students with an environment that:

  • Generates within them, an interest in the world outside themselves.

  • Encourages them to examine the 'why', 'what' and 'how' of everything possible.

  • Enables them to question, discuss and debate.

Key objectives of our high school programme:

  1. Waldorf Education

  2. Exam Readiness

  3. Development of will

  4. Development of Self-learning abilities 

  5. Awareness of the world

  6. Connection with the world

  7. Power to change

  8. Means of Expression

  9. Connection to Nature

  10. Imparting purpose to life

  11. Ability to meet the modern needs of the world

  12. Discovery of Self

CAMBRIDGE REGISTRATION

Bangalore Steiner School is registered with Cambridge Assessment International Education and follows the:
-    IGCSE syllabus for Grades 9 and 10
-    AS/A level syllabus for Grades 11 and 12

 

Cambridge and its certificates are recognised by the approving body for India - Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as detailed on their site https://aiu.ac.in/evaluation.php.

It is recognized by CBSE, CISCE and state education boards in India as a qualification for entry to Grade 11 or for other higher secondary education courses. It is also a recognized Grade 12 qualification, as one of the prerequisites for admission to undergraduate courses in India.
 

Overall Programme
 

The high school programme consists of components chosen to meet the objectives of the high school as laid out. There are two components:

  1. Cambridge component

  2. Non-Cambridge component

 

The schedule of the course is divided into two parts:

  1. Grades 9 and 10 is a 2 year course

  2. Grades 11 and 12 is a 2.5 year course

 

The examination is governed by the board Cambridge Assessment International Education. 

For Grades 9 and 10, the exam is called IGCSE and is given in Feb-Mar of the academic year for Grade 10. 

For Grades 11 and 12, the exams are called AS and A levels respectively and are given in Oct-Nov of the year following the start of the respective grade year. 
Example - 
•    For G11 in 2024-25, the AS level exam is given in Nov 2025. 
•    For G12 in 2025-26, the A level exam is given in Nov 2026. 

Cambridge Subject Offerings for IGCSE:


The Cambridge subjects offered in Grades 9 and 10 are:

  1. English - First Language - 0500 

  2. Environmental Management - 0680 

  3. Global Perspectives - 0457 

  4. Hindi as a Second Language - 0549 

  5. Mathematics - 0580 

  6. Science - Combined - 0653 

 

All the above subjects are mandatory for all students. There are no Cambridge electives in Grades 9 and 10. 

Selection of Cambridge electives

1.    Mandatory - English (8021) (AS)


2.    Students can select from the choices below.

 (Note: The Subject pairs are mutually exclusive - one set is from the sciences and the other non-sciences:
 

I.    Physics (9702) OR Psychology (9990)

II.    Chemistry (9701) OR Business (9609)

III.    Biology (9700) OR Economics (9708)

IV.    Mathematics (9709)

3.    Optional - Cambridge International Project Qualification (IPQ)(9980) (AS)

Conditions:

  • Students can pick any 3 of the above 4 subject selections (recommended) 

  • Or, they can pick 4 from the above (if we jointly feel they can handle 4 subjects)

  • Or, they can pick any 2 from the above subject selections and take 1 separate subject of their choice (which they want to pursue separately but is not offered or managed by the school)

Non-Cambridge subject offerings for Grades 9 to 12:

This portion of the curriculum is mandatory and forms part of the holistic programme designed for students. It needs to be taken in the same earnestness as the Cambridge programme. 

  1. Visual Art - Painting, Sketching, Various media

  2. Music - Singing, Recorder, other instruments

  3. Theatre

  4. Craft

    • Textile

    • Wood - Carpentry

    • Metal - Forging

    • Clay

  5. History

  6. Sports and Movement

  7. Field trips

  8. Personal Enrichment Programme (PEP) - This subject is designed to meet the needs of the adolescent and prepare them to engage with the world and with themselves. Some of the modules are:

    • Financial literacy/ personal finance management

    • Media and Technology awareness & overview

    • Health - Physical / Mental / Emotional wellbeing

    • Gender and Sexuality awareness

    • Civic rights and responsibilities

  9. Community Engagement Programme (CEP) This subject is included to connect students to the realities of the world around them and engage with diverse communities in a real and personal manner. It will include:

    • Individual and Group initiatives

    • Volunteer in local communities

    • Duties at school

  10. Individual Professional internships (G12 only)
     

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