Cognita is an extraordinary family of schools joining forces in an inspiring world of education with one common purpose: building self-belief and empowering individuals to succeed. Together, our schools provide a uniquely global education that goes beyond grades to develop all-round academic excellence – equipping young people with the confidence and resourcefulness that prepares them to grow, thrive and find their success in a fast-changing world.
Offered by a number of our international schools, the IB qualification is distinguished around the globe for the rigour and breadth it fosters in students. The IB offers three programmes. The Primary Years Programme focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside. The Middle Years Programme provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills through embracing traditional school subjects. The Diploma Programme is a demanding two-year curriculum for highly motivated students.
The English National Curriculum provides broadly based, age-appropriate courses of study, designed to build towards GCSE and A Level qualification. Compulsory subjects include English, mathematics, science, ICT, physical education, geography, history, music, arts and design, design and technology, modern foreign languages and citizenship.
Split into three parts according to age, the Chilean Curriculum prepares students for national assessment through the Sistema de Medición de la Calidad de la Educación and equips them with the tools to reach high levels of attainment in the Prueba de Selección Universitaria. Yet within Cognita schools it is our enrichment initiatives that set us apart as we look to give our students a deep understanding of the world alongside academic excellence.
Students obtain IGCSE qualifications before proceeding to Advanced Level or pre-university study. Recognised by leading universities in the UK and globally as the equivalent to GCSEs, IGCSEs are offered in as many as 70 subjects. The course requires less written coursework than the GCSE, thus examination is considered more rigorous and challenging.
Our schools in Spain follow the structure and curriculum of the English National Curriculum and combine this with the obligatory elements of the Spanish Curriculum, namely culture and language. After Year 11, many of our schools offer Bachillerato Modalidad courses as well as A Levels which prepare students for further study both in Spain and internationally.
The American Curriculum is comprehensive and robust, designed to inspire students to become successful lifelong learners and responsible global citizens. This program seamlessly strikes an effective balance between academic excellence and guiding students in their creative, physical, emotional and social goals, and at each stage prepares them for a smooth transition into further study.
Our pioneering schools in Brazil offer a truly bilingual experience, in Portuguese and English, to students following the Brazilian Curriculum. A broad learning experience alongside a rich academic programme ensures students are grounded in the skills needed to achieve strong results in the ENEM and are afforded the opportunity to study at the best universities.
The Australian International School in Singapore is in a privileged position as one of the few international schools that offer the Australian Curriculum alongside the IB. In the younger years, the IB Primary Years programme is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum. In Years 6, 7 and 8, the school offers the Australian National Curriculum which prepares students for IGCSEs in Years 9 and 10. For the final two years of study, students have the option of studying for either the IB Diploma Programme or for the New South Wales Higher School Certificate.
At Cognita schools it’s not just about getting high grades. But an excellent set of results is a natural by-product of our approach. Take Amelia, an IB Diploma graduate from Australian International School who achieved a perfect score of 45, the highest possible in the IB, and has taken up her offer to study at Stanford University.
Our emphasis is on nurturing every child’s natural love of learning and empowering them with skills to control and drive their own education. With the support of her teachers at St. Andrews International School Green Valley, Mo was awarded the Dickson Poon scholarship to read Law at King’s College London.