Senior School at ESM: Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders

Welcome to the Senior School at the English School of Mongolia (ESM). Our world-class education system prepares students in Years 9 to 12 for future success by combining the rigour of the English National Curriculum with the internationally renowned Cambridge IGCSE and A-Level programmes, as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme or Certificate and the Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies. ESM is dedicated to meeting the requirements of the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science and fostering an atmosphere of growth and achievement.

Curricula Structure:

  • Grades 9 & 10: Cambridge IGCSE
  • Grades 11 & 12: IB Diploma Programme or Certificate
  • Grades 11 & 12: Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies

ESM Learner Profile:

We nurture and encourage all members of the ESM community to become:

  • Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. We have a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and our environment.

  • Balanced

We understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for others and ourselves.

  • Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of individuals, groups and communities. We take responsibility for our actions and the consequences that accompany them.

  • Communicators

We understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and various ways. We work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

  • Thinkers

We exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned ethical decisions.

  • Risk-takers

We approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.

  • Knowledgeable

We explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In doing so, we acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of subject areas.

  • Inquirers

We develop my natural curiosity. We acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. We actively enjoy learning

  • Open-minded

We understand and appreciate my culture and will be open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.

  • Reflective

We give thoughtful consideration to our learning and experiences. We assess and understand our strengths and limitations in order to support our learning and personal development.


Curriculum Overview:

  1. Cambridge IGCSE Curriculum (Grades 9 & 10): Our Cambridge IGCSE curriculum offers a variety of routes for students with diverse abilities, including those for whom English is not their first language. With over 21 subjects and nine language options, students can choose subjects most suited to their interests and goals. Our curriculum fosters the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and cultural awareness.
  2. IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11 & 12): The prestigious IB Diploma Programme is a two-year course respected by leading universities worldwide. The curriculum consists of the DP core and six subject groups, allowing students to develop a well-rounded educational experience. ESM offers over 20 subjects for students to choose from across various disciplines.
  3. IB Certificate (Grades 11 & 12): For students not enrolled in the full IB DP curriculum, individual subject IB certificates are available. ESM requires certificate students to choose four subjects from the available pool of IB DP courses, without the need to complete the DP core.
  4. International Foundation Diploma (Grades 11 & 12): For students seeking an alternative to the IB pathway, the International Foundation Diploma provides a pre-university qualification that bridges the gap between high school and undergraduate study. This internationally recognised program is regulated by the English Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
  5. Online Learning: At ESM, we utilise Google Classroom to supplement day-to-day learning. Our teachers are prepared to transition to full-scale online learning at short notice, if necessary, during the school year. All students receive a personal ESM Gmail account to access their Google Classroom.

Enriching student experiences is at the heart of ESM’s commitment to holistic education. Our Senior School offers pastoral care through dedicated form tutors, a strong extracurricular arts programme, a wide range of non-academic and sporting activities, strong student representation, and regular field trips and activities throughout the year.

Join us at the English School of Mongolia and invest in an exceptional education that empowers your child to become a confident and successful global citizen.