The foundation years for academic success
The Prep phase covers the ‘middle years’ of a child’s education in Years 6, 7 and 8. In many British curriculum international schools, there is usually a Primary phase (Years 1 to 6) and a Secondary phase (Years 7 to 13). The adjustment from the class-based approach of Primary, where students stay mainly in one classroom with one teacher, to the subject-based approach of Secondary where the students move classrooms and change teacher for every subject, can be quite a shock for some youngsters. The purpose of the Prep phase is to create a more gradual transition.
The Prep phase is the only phase in the Upper School which does not have external examinations and as a result, the emphasis is different. There is a strong focus on building the capacity for learning so that the students are well prepared for the independence required in the examination years.
The Prep phase promises to provide an environment where all students are happy, safe and excel academically, socially, and emotionally. It is a stimulating learning environment where students have the freedom to explore as well as acquire the specialist subject knowledge that will be needed as they progress through the school and beyond.
The following words define students in the Prep phase:
By developing these characteristics, students leave the Prep phase as confident independent learners with a strong sense of morality, ready to succeed as they enter the examination years.