Our secondary education is for students aged 12 – 16. Lower Secondary classes are for students aged between 12 and 14 and Upper Secondary classes for students aged 15 and older. *
Recognize students have progressed to many and varied situations. In Higher Education, we have had students progress to take the IB Diploma, an American High School Diploma and also UK ‘A’ levels. We have had our graduates enrol in California State University, Shenzhen University, Hong Kong University and most recently, in New York University. We have also had students take a vocational route; some examples being a commercial diver, a physiotherapist and, we’ve just heard, we now have an ex-Recognize student who is a monk!
In Lower Secondary classes we continue to offer a range of structured subject areas based on the breadth and depth of the UK National Curriculum. Lessons are made enjoyable, engaging and challenging by actively involving every student in the learning process. Subject matter is placed in context through discussion and investigated by individuals and groups under the guidance of the teacher. Careful attention is paid to presenting study material at a level that is appropriate for the individuals involved. Students are constantly encouraged to think for themselves and to have confidence in their ability to progress. Our small class sizes allow us to not do ‘busy work’ and, because of this, our students make efficient and rapid progress, maintaining a pleasure in learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge.
As with our Primary classes, all lessons follow a format that involves discussion, experimentation, investigation, individual practise of skills, the recording of information, and reflection on progress and achievements.
Throughout Lower Secondary years, we are preparing our students for the next stage of their education, whether this be IGCSEs, American High School Diploma or another educational route. In other schools we have observed a ‘slack’ period of achievement in early teens. Sometimes, we also see a growing disaffection of students with school in general. At Recognize, we feel that we bypass much of this angst. We believe that we keep our students delighted with the world and they stay keen to discover more about it. The knowledge and skills that our students achieve are fully embedded within them and they feel equipped to deal with whatever next steps they choose to take.
We understand that our parents and students come from a range of international backgrounds and that their future geographical and educational situations are also varied and sometimes uncertain. To this end, we fully discuss with parents and students what their best routes forwards might be and how we can best serve their needs.
At present, RIA is educating students up to the age of 16 years old, but it is at the age of 14 where it becomes important to have an indication of where a student’s educational future or career aspirations may lie. This is because it is at this point in their education, that different routes can be taken.
Some students may wish to undertake subject courses that lead to achieving a range of International GCSEs. These are formally examined, internationally recognised qualifications, usually taken at 16 (sometimes earlier). IGCSEs are academically challenging and can provide entrance to UK ‘A’ Level courses or the IB Diploma, or most other post-16 educational courses. They are subject specific qualifications, and students will often take up to 8 or 9 of them (five passes is usually regarded as a minimum number for progression).
Alternatively, at this age, a student may prefer to work towards a High School Diploma from the USA. This involves completing subject credits and accumulating scores that contribute to the Diploma. Typically, this is a four-year programme – the first two years of credits could be completed at Recognize. This route might be more appropriate for those students specifically wishing to study in the USA or who are aiming for a particular college course or career route. It is not impossible for students to embark on both the High School Diploma and IGCSE programmes simultaneously.
We are committed to individualised learning throughout our school and at this important stage of a young person’s education, we believe that openly considering every aspect of that person’s abilities, interests, personality, home-life and educational and career aspirations is crucial to making the correct choices for their future success.