academic excellence

What academic excellence means in Cognita schools

Cognita is a leading community of diverse schools with one common purpose: to enable students to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. Together, our schools provide a truly holistic education that goes beyond grades to develop all-round academic excellence – equipping young people with the agency, adaptability and positive attitudes that prepares them to grow, thrive and find their success in a fast-changing world.

Our curricula

The International Baccalaureate

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

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.

The Chilean Curriculum

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.

The Spanish Curriculum

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

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.

The Brazilian Curriculum

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 Curriculum

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.


Offered in more than 24 countries across the world, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is one of three curricula available at CHIREC International School, India.

Life skills and value-based education is at the core of the CBSE syllabus. Students following this curriculum develop in-depth subject knowledge alongside practical understanding through activity-based, hands-on learning.

Our students progress to over half of the world’s top 100 universities

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.

Personalised learning for every student

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 Southbank International School, Sahara secured a place to continue her studies at the world-renowned Harvard University, USA.

Harnessing EdTech – during the pandemic and beyond

We are prioritising the use of education technologies to focus on the wellbeing of students, unlocking learning in schools and virtual classroom environments.

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An online learning transformation with EdTech at its heart

A four-year EdTech strategy hugely accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic. Every student at St Clare’s School in the UK received a personalised device – pre-loaded with carefully selected learning platforms, apps and safeguarding tools – in just three days to minimise disruption to learning during school closures.

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