Secondary school comprises Grade 6 to Form VI and in all years the emphasis is placed upon individual progress through inquiry, active thinking and self-expression. Pupils develop skills such as being able to offer a coherent argument, give a personal opinion, participate in a discussion and present reasoned analysis.
In the lower years of Secondary school – Grade 6, Form I, Form II – pupils follow a broad-based, bilingual English - Spanish curriculum with French as a third language. These three languages plus Mathematics are taught in three broad ability bands: lesson content is the same for all but the grouping structure allows for adjustment of pace and depth of inquiry.
In Grade 6 and Form I, Science is a general course, splitting into the three separate sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics In Form II. Geography and Geografía del Perú are taught in combined courses but History and Historia del Perú are taught separately. The curriculum of these three lower years is completed with Computer Studies, Religion, Art, Personal and Social Education, Music, P.E. and O.B.E. (student orientation).
In Form II, pupils are asked to choose their optional subjects for the Cambridge University IGCSE courses taken in Forms III and IV and examined externally in November of the latter year. Four optional subjects complement obligatory IGCSE courses of English First or Second Language (and Literature for some groups), Mathematics, Spanish First Language (and Literature for some groups) and Combined Science. Depending on her choices a pupil can take up to 10 IGCSE courses.
The provision of options allows pupils to choose an individualised programme, catering for their strengths and interests, with the emphasis on a broad-based general education. At the end of Form IV two possibilities are available to a pupil:
- The Form V Internal Programme
- The International Baccalaureate Programme