Copenhagen International School follows the International Baccalaureate Programmes from ages 3 to 18. We were one of the founding schools of the IB Diploma Programme, which recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. We believe that our curriculum offers students a broad-based, challenging and reflective education with an international flavour.
The Primary Years Programme is for children from Pre-K through 5th grade (ages 3 - 11). This is a transdisciplinary programme which focuses on developing the whole child. Students learn through examining Units of Inquiry, which are delivered by both classroom teachers and subject specialists. In the primary school, we have specialist teachers of art, music, drama and PE for children of all ages, as well as ICT and Danish for children in Grades 1 - 5. In Grade 5, students are introduced to both French, Spanish and German.
The Middle Years Programme is for 6th to 10th graders (ages 11 - 16). This requires students to study eight subjects including maths, languages, science, design, individuals & societies and arts, whilst also developing the understanding, attitudes and skills necessary for the modern world. The culmination of this Programme comes in Grade 10 when students complete an original piece of research, called the Personal Project, on a topic of their choice.The Diploma Programme is for 11th and 12th grade students (ages 16 - 18). Students must study 6 subjects, including a language, a science, an humanity, English and mathematics, as well as examining the theory of knowledge. Graduating students achieve both the IB Diploma - a prestigious certificate with world recognition - and an American High School Diploma.
For all of these programmes, we use English as the language of instruction. Language support is available for students whose first language is not English.
The IB Primary Years, Middle and Diploma programmes provide the curriculum framework for teaching and learning at CIS. We have also developed several curriculum philosophy documents which summarise the key elements of what we believe about teaching and learning in the specific learning areas: