Course Options

Course Options

When your children reach Grade 9 and Grade 11, they'll be faced with some important decisions about their future. It's not always easy working out which path to take in your education, especially when you're 13 or 15 years old, but whatever their aptitudes, we'll help them make the right choice. 

At GEMS Akademia, we support and advise all our students as they decide which direction their educational journey will take.

Pre – Primary School – Nursery to K.G. II

The GEMS Akademia International School, with a homely atmosphere and a low child-teacher ratio, offers an exciting early learning experience for children aged between 2+ to 5 years. We strive to provide a safe and happy environment in which children are encouraged to develop social, emotional, cognitive and motor skills through play.

Even while maintaining students' natural curiosity and confidence in them as learners, we develop behaviors that will enable them to become active and focused learners in a classroom setting. The curriculum is Play-based and Child-centered; recognizing students' multiple intelligences. A day at Kindergarten involves much free play, both indoors and outdoors, and structured time. Indoor free play is based around a series of activities: Dramatic Play, Blocks / Building, Sensory, Art and Discovery/ Science. Outdoor play is available on the playground. Structured learning takes place at Circle and Music Times as well as during Art and Craft activities. All these activities integrate the Theme of the Week. The themes are developed based on the interests of the children and emphasis is laid on fun and enrichment. Children's progress is monitored closely by our committed staff through a planned developmental continuum for each area.

The following formal areas of learning are addressed in a structured manner:

  •          Phonetics, Reading and Language Arts 
  •          Mathematics-Numeracy
  •          Science
  •          The five senses
  •          Development of inquiry and thinking skills
  •          Health Nutrition
  •          Safety
  •          Social Studies
  •          Music, Movement, Drama
  •          Drawing and sculpture

Primary School - Grades 1 to 5

The Primary School at GEMS Akademia, Kolkata covers a period of five years wherein the scope and depth of learning increases gradually, while opportunities for play and creative expression continue to complement learning. The emphasis in the first two years (Grades 1 and 2) is on language with the introduction of a second language, on mathematics in practical terms and on the environment, encouraging observation and discovery. Children also use the computer as a tool for learning and communication.

In the Upper Primary (Grades 3 to 5) children begin to use their acquired skills in language and mathematics to take the initiative in learning, and teaching is designed to this purpose. Care is taken by teachers to ensure individual attention and the purpose of assessment is to reflect the quality of the students’ understanding. There is a broadening of the curriculum in Grades 4 and 5 as well as an increase in cognitive challenge.

Middle School - Grades 6 to 8

During the three years of Middle School education, the student's intellectual, aesthetic, physical and cultural growth and development are intensified and extended to a foundation course designed to suit children from an international background.

The Curriculum aims to produce confident and competent learners, who are able to communicate effectively. Our teachers encourage group interactions such as developing learning communities, stimulating student/faculty discussions, and encouraging electronic exchanges. Opportunities are also sought beyond the classroom to broaden the experience and learning of each child through visits and field trips.

Subjects at the Middle Level

Scholastic Co- Scholastic
1st Lang : English Physical Education
Mathematics Art/Craft
2nd Lang: Hindi/Bengali Music
3rd Lang: Hindi/Bengali/French/Spanish Dance
Social Studies Club Activity
ICT SUPW & Comunity Work
Science Life Skills

Secondary School

Grades 9 to 10

During this critical phase in their lives, we help students stay focused on their goals as they advance and further their knowledge, skills and abilities. It enables students to fulfill their potential and develop social skills to become confident, responsible citizens who set their goals high in order to meet the challenges of a changing world.At the end of this stage, a strong and comprehensive educational foundation equips students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of subjects enabling students to continue their onward education in different subject combinations and curriculum.

Subjects at the Secondary Level

SUBJECTS ON OFFER FOR ICSE Curriculum (9 & 10)

Group I (Compulsory)

English (Language & Literature)

Second Language

History , Civics and Geography

Group II (Any one of the second and third options)

Group II 

Mathematics (Compulsory)

Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

Economics

Group III ( Any one of the subjects )

Group III 

Computer Applications

Art

Commercial Application

At the end of this stage, a strong and comprehensive educational foundation equips students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of subjects enabling students to continue their onward education in different subject combinations and curriculum.

SUBJECTS ON OFFER FOR ISC Curriculum (11 & 12)

SCIENCE

      GROUP A

   (Compulsory)

            GROUP B

        (Compulsory)

         GROUP C

         (Any One)

      GROUP D

      (Optional)

      English

Physics

Biology

    Second Language            (Hindi/Bengali)

Chemistry

Computer Science

          Art

Mathematics

 

 

COMMERCE

        GROUP A

     (Compulsory)

              GROUP B

          (Compulsory)

            GROUP C

            (Any one)

          English

          Accountancy

Second Language

(Hindi/Bengali)

         Commerce

               Art

         Economics

 

         Mathematics

 

HUMANITIES

        GROUP A

     (Compulsory)

              GROUP B

             (Any Five)

          English

          Second Language    (Hindi/Bengali)

       History/ Sociology

         Geography

         Economics

         Mathematics

          Art

SUPW is compulsory

 

In addition to English (Compulsory), five elective subjects have to be chosen in both the streams. 

Provisional admission to Grade XI will be considered for confirmation after the declaration of Board Results.

ADMISSION CRITERIA: REQUIRED MINIMUM PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST EXAMINATION OF THE SCHOOL FOR ISSUE OF FORMS

 Science: Aggregate 60%

Commerce: Aggregate 50%

Note: For admission to UG (General Stream) courses, Second Language should be one of the electives as per university norms.

SUBJECTS ON OFFER FOR Cambridge Curriculum IGCSE (9 & 10)

Compulsory
English
Mathematics - Core - Extended

Science Subjects
Physics
Chemistry
Biology

Commerce Subjects
Business Studies
Accounting
Economics

Optional Subjects ( any two can be selected)
Physical Education
Art & Design
Information & Communication Technology

SUBJECTS ON OFFER FOR Cambridge Curriculum A LEVEL (11 & 12)

Compulsory
English
Mathematics - Mechanics - Statistics

Science Subjects
Physics
Chemistry
Biology

Commerce Subjects
Business Studies
Accounting 
Economics

Other Subjects
Physical Education
Art & Design
Advance Information & Communication Technology