Key Stages

Stage 3. Cambridge Secondary 1


The Cambridge Secondary 1 (CS1) is a framework built for the educational success of the Middle School students, building on the skills and knowledge covered in the Primary stage and developing students’ knowledge and skills in Mathematics, English and Science.

In studying English Language Arts (ELA) students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Students learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. The study of English helps students understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. The skills and knowledge covered by the ELA program are:

  • Usage
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening


Stage 4. Cambridge IGCSE

The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is one of the world’s most popular international curricula for 14-16 year olds, leading to globally-recognized and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualifications. Around 1.5 million students from 150 countries enter Cambridge examinations every year.

IGCSE courses are taught over a two-year period, spreading over Grades 9 and 10. Cambridge qualifications cultivate successful students. They not only build understanding and knowledge required for progression, but also learning and thinking skills that help students become independent learners, equipping them for life.


Stage 5. Cambridge International AS and A Level

Cambridge International AS and A Levels are internationally-benchmarked qualifications providing preparation for university education. A levels are usually sat by 16- to 18- year-olds from 160 countries around the world. The subject content of each A Level syllabus has been subdivided into two parts: the AS (Advanced Subsidiary Level) syllabus content, which is expected to be covered in the first half of the course, and Part 2 of the syllabus, commonly referred to as A2. At FIS, AS and A Level courses are taught in Grades 11 and 12.

Fountain International school offers the following subjects for A/AS Level courses:

English, Mathematics and at least one of the Science subjects are compulsory. Students can choose either the A or AS program of the other subjects according to AICE standards.




Fountain International School carries varied programs that will foster student achievement based on their individual capacity. For English language learners, instruction is based on their level of proficiency. Those who are beginners and on the intermediate level take the English as a Second Language program while the advanced students take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The TOEFL test is an internet based test designed to assess English proficiency in non-native speakers who want to achieve academic success and communicate effectively in English. Most people take this test to gain admission to universities where instruction is in English. Additionally many employers and government agencies may use the scores to determine an applicant’s English ability. It is not meant to test academic knowledge, however when a candidate demonstrates a mature vocabulary and is confident in expressing themselves easily, then it is this that may be the moment of success for your son or daughter. We are not always judged on our academic prowess, but invariably we are judged on our ability to express ourselves.

Vocabulary: Using an online interactive website students learn more than 10 new SAT words each week.

While studying the Speaking section here are just a few of the skills the students practice;

  • Stating a problem or situation
  • Suggesting solutions
  • Giving opinions about solutions and giving reasons and examples to support solutions
  • Summarizing main points of a lecture
  • Organizing flow/making clear statements on given topics using concrete examples
  • Using transitions to help flow of speech and useful phrases for expressing having problems and presenting solutions
  • Stating opinion and giving reasons and addition information

While studying the Writing section here are just a few of the skills the students practice;

  • Understanding the original text accurately
  • Using their own words to convey essential information and ideas from the reading & listening
  • Compare and contrast and cause and effect
  • Citing information, citing sources, supporting points and giving examples, organizing information from various sources
  • Describing personal experience
  • Expressing an opinion on an issue and supporting it with concrete examples and details/organizing ideas in an effective way.

While studying the Reading section here are just a few of the skills the students practice;

  • Identifying important information and facts stated in the passage/locating a specific piece of information in a passage quickly
  • Understanding the distinction between main ideas and supporting details/focusing on facts, definitions, or other information presented in a passage
  • Perceiving ideas that are suggested but not directly stated within a passage
  • drawing conclusions based on information given within a statement or section of a passage
  • Determining implications of the author’s words. 

While studying the Listening section here are just a few of the skills the students practice;

  • Taking note of major points and important details of a lecture or conversation
  • listening for signal expressions that identify details
  • Understanding the speaker’s general feeling about what is discussed
  • Recognizing words or phrases that indicate the speaker’s feeling or opinion

Recognizing tone of voice, intonation, and sentence stress that speaker uses to show his or her feeling or opinion.



English as Second Language (ESL) is a subject that teaches beginner and intermediate level ESL learners the fundamental elements of the English language. ESL classes take a closer look at how sentences are formed and English expressions are used in various everyday situations.

The intensive ESL program at Fountain International School is a 4-5 hour long English language instruction per day, which focuses on themes that provide vocabulary words that will enable students to interact with people on a daily basis. Some of the topics include food, health, clothing, weather, vacation, travel, transportation, etc.

The program focuses on developing the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of the students in a holistic manner. The reading program focuses on understanding and responding to newspaper articles, and online blogs, as well as summarizing narratives and different kinds of reading materials. The writing program enhances the students writing skills by teaching them various forms of writing such informal and formal letter writing, newspaper articles, magazine articles, resumes and cover letters. The listening program uses audio recordings of various topics, while the speaking program helps students communicate their opinions, and immediate concerns. Practical use of the language is an utmost priority of the program. Therefore, real-life scenarios are enacted via role-plays, dialogues, simulations and debates.

In addition, hands-on, interactive activities that target multiple-intelligence are also utilized, so that students will retain information for a longer period of time. Students learn the culture of English-speaking countries as well via discussions, videos, news broadcasts and other teaching materials.