Curriculum

SFS’s curriculum is designed to enrich every individual student’s academic knowledge and life skills. The curriculum includes a thorough coverage of each subject as well as the linguistic, social, religious, sports, and cultural development content that is needed to succeed in today’s diverse society with its local and global influences. The curriculum inspires academic as well as personal and interpersonal growth through a wide array of experiences and teachings.

We offer multiple educational systems to satisfy the different preferences of parents and students:

  1. The National Curriculum of Egypt: The curriculum is administered and supervised by the Ministry of Education, which is the liable governmental institute for education in Egypt.
  2. The British Curriculum is administered by Cambridge University and the British Council in Cairo. Cambridge University, is the fourth oldest university in the world and one of the world’s top and largely trusted universities for educational excellence as well as one of the most renowned assessment organizations and it is not -for-profit organization devotes its resources to deliver high quality educational programmes. The University grew out of an association of scholars in the city of Cambridge that was formed – early records suggest – in 1209 by scholars leaving Oxford.

The Foundation and Primary Stage:

Foundation Stage:

SFS’s Foundation Stage implements the early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory curriculum throughout both foundation stage 1 and 2. It’s designed to prepare young children for Primary Education.

  • The EYFS supports all forms of learning, encouraging children to use their gross and fine motor skills in exciting and fun ways.
  • Our EYFS department is so well resourced, that we are able to offer opportunities within the Classroom, Pod and Outdoor Learning for children to flourish in their environment.
  • Our Foundation Stage staff work together to provide activities that engage young children, and develop their communication and language skills.

Cambridge Primary Checkpoint:

The educational programme is a combination of the Cambridge primary checkpoint and the National Curriculum of Egypt for Arabic, Religion, and Social Studies to prepare the students for these mandatory examinations. English is the main language of instruction, but, we strive to ensure that students become literate in at least two languages.

Aged 5 – 11 years; It’s an exceptional primary programme which gives a solid foundation in English, Mathematics and Science. There are clear learning objectives for each year and subject as well as indications for work which need to be revisited.

Our curriculum is challenging. It ensures a balance between academics, arts and athletics. It includes Art, P.E., ICT, Music, Library, Drama and French as a Modern Foreign Language. At the end of year 6, students take the International Primary Achievement Test which is marked by CIE. Successful students receive a Statement of Achievement from Cambridge University. What every child learns each day in the Primary Stage class is what he/she needs to experience and understand in order to progress through the stepping- stones of this learning stage.

The Middle School Stage:

This stage is vital for the students’ educational path. It’s the bridge for them to cross from childhood to young adulthood. At SFS, we are eager to pave this road in a constructive way where our students are both academically and personally enriched.

Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint:

On the academic level, Year 7 and 8 follow the Cambridge lower secondary curriculum. The end of Year 8 holds the Cambridge Secondary 1 Checkpoint Exams. CIE Checkpoint builds on the primary stage, and develops as well as tests children’s knowledge and skills in Mathematics, English, and Science. Checkpoint tests are marked by CIE and provide students with an external international benchmark for their performance. The tests cover all major areas of learning required in the first years of an international secondary education.

Students receive a Statement of Achievement, which gives an indication of their academic progress during this educational stage. For each of the three subjects, each student receives two documents. One is a statement of achievement which gives the student’s overall results while the other is a report which provides further details on the student’s performance. In addition to the Cambridge Checkpoint subjects, SFS offers its students French, ICT, P.E. and Art. As mandatory subjects, Arabic, Social Studies and Religion are also taught in accordance with the curriculum of the Egyptian Ministry of Education.

Pre-I.G.S.C. E

Year 9 exams are offered by Cambridge International Examinations under the administration of the British Council in Cairo. They cover English as a Second Language, Mathematics and the three Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at the ‘Core’ level. Students are also required to study the Ministry of Education curriculum, and pass the Ministry Edadeya (3rd Preparatory) exams, for Arabic Language, Religion and Social Studies. In addition to the core CIE subjects and ministry subjects, student also study French/German and P.E.

Students are required to attend their classes on regular basis during the academic year.  To be promoted to year 10, students need to pass the five IGCSE Core subjects they study. Passing grades are C – G, where Grade C is the highest grade equivalent to 100% and Grade G is the lowest pass grade, equivalent to 50% in the Egyptian national system.

The High School Stage:

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (I.G.C.S.E.):

The I.G.C.S.E. is an internationally recognized British system, designed to encourage high academic standards through a practical approach to teaching and learning. It is equivalent in standard to the Egyptian Thanaweya Aama. The I.G.C.S.E. is accepted as a university entrance qualification by Egyptian universities, the American University in Cairo (AUC), the private universities, and most universities abroad.

Different Levels of Subjects:

Most of the I.G.C.S.E. subjects are offered at three levels: The simplest level is the Ordinary Level (O.L.) followed by the Advanced Subsidiary Level (A.S.). The highest level is the Advanced Level (A.L.). It is made up of two parts, the A.S. part and the A2 part.
Students who wish to study the A. Level of a subject can either take the two parts in one exam session, or the A.S. part in one session and the A2 part in a following one, to be taken within thirteen months. In addition to the I.G.C.S.E. subjects, SFS offers its students Arabic, Social Studies and Religion. Moreover, the School provides the students with Physical Education, ICT and Art.
Ordinary Level subjects offered are Accounting, Arabic as a First Language, Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Economics, English as a Second Language, French, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Travel and Tourism, Information Technology, Sociology, Foreign Language German and Human Biology.
Advanced Subsidiary subjects offered are Accounting A.S., Business Studies A.S., Economics A.S., English A.S., Art and Design A.S., French A.S., Information Technology A.S., Biology A.S., Computer Sciences A.S., Chemistry A.S., Mathematics A.S., Physics A.S and Psychology A.S.
Advanced Level subjects offered are Accounting A.L., Business Studies A.L., Biology A.L., Chemistry A.L., French A.L., Mathematics A.L., Arabic A.L., Economics A.L., Physics A.L., I.C.T. A.L., Computer Sciences A.L., English Language A.L. and Psychology A.L.

University General Entrance Requirements:

To qualify for admission to Egyptian universities, the I.G.C.S.E. graduates need to have passed a minimum of eight O.L. subjects, plus one A.L. subject or two A.S. subjects, if they aim to join certain faculties, such as Medicine and Engineering. These university entrance requirements may be completed in five exam sessions (three Junes and two Novembers) within the framework of three academic years after obtaining the E’edadiah Certificate or its equivalent.
Students may not apply to enter Egyptian universities before three years have passed since obtaining the E’edadiah Certificate. For private universities, requirements may be completed in seven sessions (four Junes and three Novembers) within the framework of four academic years.
In the June sessions, the I.G.C.S.E. student can either take a subject (in any of the three levels) for the first time or re-sit a subject’s exam to improve a previous grade. In the November sessions, the student can take an O.L., A.S., A.2 or A.L. subject either for the first time, or can re-sit any subject that he/she has already taken in the June session of the same academic year.

Planning for the three Academic Years:

All I.G.C.S.E. students have to study five I.G.C.S.E. main subjects in their first academic year. Those subjects are Biology O.L., Chemistry O.L., Mathematics O.L., and English as a Second Language. A fifth I.G.C.S.E. subject may be chosen French O.L., German O.L. or Arabic O.L. For example, students coming from French preparatory schools do very well when they take the French O.L. subject as a fifth subject in their first year. For their second and third academic years, I.G.C.S.E. students choose the subject they wish to study according to their preferences and to the requirements of the faculty they would like to join later. SFS always offers academic advice for its students at all stages.