We teach the curriculum of Cambridge at Silk Road International School since 1999. Cambridge IGCSE levels are internationally acknowledged certificates of secondary education.
Silk Road International School is a …
Cambridge International School
Our curriculum is based on Cambridge Pathways
At SRIS we use books endorsed by Cambridge and follow the Cambridge curriculum, which ensures international standards. The Cambridge syllabuses are rooted in modern education research and systematically develop students to be ready for today’s work environment. This concept of systematic and age-specific development is called Cambridge Pathways. Silk Road International School has been a certified Cambridge school since 2016. Due to the change in ownership we got recertified this year (2020).
Results are externally tested by Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE) to ensure each school is in compliance with the standards set by Cambridge.
What does it mean to be a Cambridge International School
Cambridge is an international education system. It consists of standardized teaching plans (syllabuses), endorsed school books and teaching materials and, last but not least, a standardized test system.
Cambridge Assessment International Education, so the official name, is part of the University of Cambridge. It works like a franchise system. Cambridge provides the standards and procedures for quality teaching. They use quality control to make sure the schools meet their minimum standards. They also control and maintain the assessment system, which is the basis achieving any of the Cambridge certificates.
SRIS became one of the first certified Cambridge schools in Bishkek in the year 2016. By deciding to teach the Cambridge curriculum at Silk Road International School, we help your child stand out from the crowd and access the best study opportunities to achieve their dreams.
SRIS Bishkek follows international standards since the beginning
At Silk Road International School we have been using the British curriculum, defined by Key Stage, since the beginning of the school in 1999. Five years later SRIS moved to Cambridge curriculum, which provides a Key Stage program for an international audience. The Cambridge Curriculum sets out targets to be achieved in various subject areas at each of the Key Stages.
In 2016 Silk Road International School became a certified Cambridge partner and Cambridge test center. SRIS got recertified in 2020 due to the change in ownership of the Silk Road International School.
Why SRIS uses the Cambridge Curriculum
Cambridge has always been popular within the diplomatic and expat community, since it allows mobility between schools and countries, while ensuring a high educational standard for students.
SRIS has never been the only school to offer Cambridge programs in Bishkek and that is part of the appeal of the Cambridge system.
Not only do students have the ability to continue with the same curriculum after moving to another country. Families also have the choice to move to another school within Kyrgyzstan. Not being locked in puts Cambridge schools in Bishkek in competition, pushing them to be better than their peers and delivering more then minimum standard.
Worldwide more than 10,000 schools are part of the Cambridge learning community. The Cambridge curriculum is available in 160 countries across all continents. Cambridge schools are available in North America, Latin America, UK & Europe, Africa, Middle East and all over Asia.
As of today there are seven registered Cambridge schools in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Our approach to teaching the Cambridge curriculum.
At Silk Road International School we understand that just following the Cambridge Pathway is not enough. To train excellent students that perform with high scores in Cambridge Exams, we need to give them a wide and deep understanding of each subject.
Here at SRIS we achieve that by keeping classes small and hiring great and experienced international teachers. We use the newest materials and modern technology in our classrooms to make our lessons interesting and get our students to engage in the subject.
This is why Cambridge students at Silk Road International School can develop a passion for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and other subjects.
Cambridge English Qualifications help children around the world learn English.
In today’s business world english is key in many businesses and international projects. Also most of the scientific research is published in English first.
So to succeed in today’s world children need to develop all four language skills in English: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
This is a long, step by step journey and we provide the perfect environment to give your child the best start. The earlier your children start learning English the natural way, the higher their level develops giving them a near native language level when they are adults. This enables them to effortlessly communicate complex concepts in English and take part in international projects or do business with partners from all over the world.
The most important thing to develop that high level of fluency in English is early immersion and consistent development of both the language skills and the knowledge of the world around them. Our Cambridge approach provides all that.
Cambridge Education brings opportunities that last a lifetime.
Who is Cambridge Assessment International Education
Cambridge Assessment International Education, so the official name, is part of the renowned research University of Cambridge, established in 1209 (811 years ago) as the second oldest university in the english speaking world.
Over 150 years ago the University of Cambridge formed the ‘Local Examinations Syndicate’, later referred to as Cambridge International Examinations, now known as Cambridge Assessment International Education, or ‘CAIE’ for short.
For the first time in 1858, 370 school candidates in 7 English cities sat exams set by the University of Cambridge. Today this has risen to more than 8 million candidates a year in 160 countries.
Today Cambridge programs and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research.
The research used includes valuable input from the Cambridge university’s Faculty of Education. Cambridge has been at the forefront of education research for the last 150 years. However CAIE is a valuable resource for research itself. With each international exam they also collect valuable data about the performance of students. Some of their insights are published to Cambridge schools as ‘examiner report’ after each assessment cycle. These reports give our teachers at SRIS valuable information about what students understand easily and with what kind of questions they struggle with.
To keep the fees for the final exams low, CAIE is efficiently organized and operates as a not for profit organization.
How do Cambridge Assessments work?
When looking at applicants from all over the world, universities face a big challenge. They can not know for every country which curriculum is taught, nor do they know how rigorous the testing at any given high school is. Comparing applicants from different countries and making a fair decision would be impossible.
Cambridge Assessment addresses this problem by providing worldwide testing, three times a year. They produce around 8 million question papers each year. These Cambridge examinations are marked by around 10,000 highly skilled examiners which are anonymous to the partner schools and located worldwide.
This ensures that the exams are held everywhere under comparable circumstances and that the school can only influence the grades by preparing the students well.
How are the Cambridge Exams conducted at SRIS
The exam procedure is the same for every Cambridge school worldwide. Our Cambridge assessments at Silk Road International School are conducted by the same procedures.
Our exam officer receives the Cambridge exam papers in sealed envelopes – one for each test. These papers are directly deposited in a dedicated safe, so no one can get access to them.
For each test at least one of the school’s teachers is assigned as an invigilator. The invigilator makes sure that no cheating occurs in the room during the Cambridge exam.
Right before the exam, the exam officer delivers the sealed package. The invigilator inspects that the package is untempered with and testifies this towards Cambridge, by signing a dedicated form. Only now, in the presence of the exam officer and at least one invigilator, the question papers are unpacked and handed out to the students. This two-man rule ensures that no one can get an advantage by knowing the questions before the official Cambridge exam time.
Using the same two-man rule at the end of the exam, the candidate’s papers are immediately sealed and sent back to Cambridge Assessment and Education for grading.
Since the exam papers do only contain candidate numbers, both the student and the examiner stay fully anonymous. This guarantees that each candidate is measured solely by his/her knowledge and the quality of his/her answers.
How does Cambridge ensure that tests in different years are comparable?
Cambridge exams are so valuable to universities, because they allow them to compare students from different regions and backgrounds. However it is impossible to create every exam equal.
Cambridge Exams are conducted in three different series, which themselves are conducted with three different timezone variations, to make cheating close to impossible.
Of course even these timezone variations of the same Cambridge test may be slightly different in how challenging they are to students.
However, So many Cambridge schools act as test centers and there are thousands of Cambridge students for each test series, that result into a vast data set for Cambridge International.
Cambridge Pathway is designed for students aged 5 to 19. Cambridge Pathways offers a wide range of subjects that follow the demand of the labour market as well as the interest of Cambridge students. This variety gives Cambridge schools the flexibility to build their curriculum based on the local context and demand. We use that flexibility to shape the curriculum at Silk Road International School, so that it is exciting and relevant for our Cambridge students at SRIS.
Cambridge Pathway students at SRIS have the chance to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to achieve here at Silk Road International School, and later at the university of their choice and in their career beyond.
The four stages lead seamlessly from primary to secondary and pre-university years. Each stage – Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Lower Secondary, Cambridge Upper Secondary and Cambridge Advanced – builds on the learners’ development from the previous one, but can also be offered separately.
Five elements lie at the heart of a Cambridge education: international curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment, international recognition and global community.
Supporting and training the Cambridge teachers at SRIS
Cambridge Professional Development provides professional development for our teachers at Silk Road International School. They provided teach-the-teachers courses and helped our international staff to improve their performance and practice throughout their careers. At SRIS we encourage state of the art teaching practices that develop the ability of our Cambridge students to reflect on their learning and develop an understanding far beyond just memorizing the book.
The Cambridge professional development supports Cambridge teachers to become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.
Cambridge supports us with training, events, and teaching and learning resources to help teachers develop successful learners and improve their professional practice. CAIE also offers Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications for teachers and trainers.
International General Certificate of Secondary Education
Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is taken in over 150 countries and in more than 4800 schools around the world. There are over 800,000 subject entries for Cambridge IGCSE exams each year.
Its academic worth is comparable to many secondary school curricula worldwide, such as England’s GCSE, the North American GED or high school diploma, Hong Kong’s HKCEE, Singapore’s O-Level, and the Indian CBSE or ICSE courses. The IGCSE prepares students for further academic study, including progression to A Level and BTEC Level 3 study, Cambridge Pre-U, IB Diploma Programme and other equivalents. It is recognized by academic institutions and employers around the world and is considered by many institutions as equivalent to the standard GCSE.