Our Programmes

Famlang International School offers education in English to 4 to 18 year-olds, with options of Bilingual Classes (English/French, English/Spanishg, English/Italian, English/German, English/Chinese)

As we follow the British National curriculum, our academic programme is divided into 4 sections: Early Years, Primary, Secondary, and A-Levels.

All three sections follow slightly different timetables in order to allow us to effectively manage the challenge of having 4 age groups on one campus.

Primary Section

…in which children grow their wings

In years 1 to 6, children follow the curriculum outlined in Key Stages 1 and 2 covering a wide range of subjects including Mathematics, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Science, Humanities, ICT (Computers), Visual Arts, Music and Physical Education. View full syllabus details.

These first years of a child’s education are vital for developing their critical thinking and problem solving skills and, as such, we have created an environment in which our young students feel empowered to ask questions, safe to meet challenges head on, and accompanied on their journey towards reaching their full potential.

This is a time in which to instil a love of learning that children will carry with them throughout their lives. Our small class sizes permit our teachers to tailor their lessons to suit individuals’ abilities and learning styles. The positive and supportive environment throughout our school and the personal attention each student receives form the basis of FIS’s difference and are cornerstones of our success.

Students will graduate from Primary school with a solid academic foundation upon which to build and the confidence and curiosity to strive for ever greater academic heights.

All those successfully completing Year 6 with us are guaranteed a place in the Secondary programme.

Secondary section

…in which children take flight

In the first three years of Secondary school (Years 7 to 9 known as Key Stage 3), all students follow a broad curriculum of general academic subjects. This core curriculum consists of: Mathematics, English, French,
Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Science, History, Geography, ICT (Computers) and Physical Education. View full syllabus details.

At the end of Year 9, the curriculum content becomes more specific as students begin a two-year programme (Key Stage 4) leading to IGCSE examinations (www.edexcel.com). Students at this stage study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, French/Spanish/German/Chinese and ICT and optional subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, History and Geography.

Our Secondary programme provides increased focus on core skills such as reasoning, analysis, research and leadership, which are fundamental to students’ continued success. Our teachers are not only watchful over academic results but also provide pastoral care assisting students’ emotional development on their path towards the later stages of their education. Again, our small class sizes foster a truly supportive and personalised environment that is critical during these decisive years.

In these more senior stages, our students demonstrate an increasing openness to and appetite for the world around them. At FIS, we encourage their enthusiasm for learning and assist their development through cultural projects which make the most of their natural setting, leverage our the city’s geopolitical importance and explore the diversity of its people.

Students successfully completing Year 11 with us are guaranteed a place in the A-Level programme.

A-Level College

…in which young adults begin to soar

Our A-Level college is a natural stepping-stone for students following the English curriculum and IGCSE programme. Students must select 4 subjects which are studied in modules.

Subjects are offered according to student preferences and include English Language and Literature, French, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, History, Geography, Economics, Art, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Modern foreign language such as German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Chinese can be requested for a moderate additional fee.

A solid performance in 3 A-Levels represents a passport to entry into UK universities, European Union universities, Swiss universities and many North American universities, including those with European campuses.

For students with clearly identified areas of strength or interest, specialising in fewer main subjects is a better fit than programmes with numerous compulsory subjects such as the International Baccalaureate, the French Baccalaureate or the Swiss Maturité.

The A-Level programme is a transitional phase from a structured secondary school environment to the relative freedom of university life. Accordingly, students are encouraged to explore their passions and achieve excellence in their chosen subjects, while benefitting from the necessary tools at their disposal in terms of personalised support from teachers, counsellors and school directors. Particular attention is paid to the refinement of increasingly called-upon time and workload management skills.

As classes sizes are deliberately small, we are able to offer intensive individual care and on-going tutorial support. The maximum class size is 14. Regular meetings among students, parents and staff are a critical factor in the success of the A-Level programme at FIS.

This is an exciting time in young people’s lives and one in which their choices will largely determine their future. We understand the importance of attentiveness to students’ results and the need to guide and support them in selecting their next challenges.