How is our Curriculum Different?
A UK independent school is focused on providing a well-rounded education to its students. This encompasses rigorous academic study while providing opportunity for the arts, sports and active citizenship in the community. Through a well-designed curriculum and broad extra-curricular activities our students develop into motivated, inquisitive, independent and life-long learners who are critical thinkers and internationally minded.
ESM is fully accredited as a centre for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Students follow the Cambridge IGCSE programme in years 9 and 10 and take IGCSE examinations at the end of year 10. All students at ESM complete IGCSE courses in English (1st language or 2nd language as appropriate), mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics; they also choose up to three additional IGCSE subjects including geography, history, enterprise, physical education, music, art & design, French, Russian and Chinese. These qualifications are globally recognized and give students the opportunity to apply to study at universities worldwide.
Students in years 11 and 12 have a number of study options based on their academic background, their interests and their plans for further education. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an option for students in years 11 and 12 who meet certain academic requirements. The IBDP course is academically rigorous – the diploma comprises six different academic subjects, as well as research projects, a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course which enables students to develop their thinking and study skills, and a Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) programme which involves students taking on new challenges and developing their personal qualities outside the classroom. The ESM Diploma is our alternative programme for students in years 11 and 12, giving students the opportunity to take additional IGCSE subjects and take classes which enable them to prepare for standardized tests (including the SAT, TOEFL and IELTS) and entrance examinations for universities both in Mongolia and globally.