The New Secondary School Curriculum of Metro School will be implemented in Academic Year 2017-2018. This curriculum is patterned after the Primary Curriculum but has its own special characteristics and features.
The curriculum is made in line with the school’s vision of developing globally competitive learners, the school’s existing National Curriculum will be complemented with an International Curriculum that centers on the aim of developing highly motivated learners who are equipped with the following life-long skills: critical and reflective thinking skills, problem solving skills, effective communication skills in three languages (Bahasa, English, Mandarin) collaborative working skills and skills for self-directed learning. Along with these skills, the curriculum aims to develop learners into well-rounded individuals with exemplary values and attitudes functioning as global citizens.
With the existing National Curriculum which is comprised of the following subjects Bahasa Indonesia, Matematika, IPA, IPS, Agama, Komputer, P.E., SBK and MULOK, the International Curriculum will be added. With this step Metro School is hoping for the realization of its vision of developing Globally Competitive Learners.
International Curriculum Content:
- ENGLISH & LITERATURE
The Syllabus focuses on the intensive study of the English Language to develop the students to become reflective, critical and functional listener, speaker, reader and writer. An introduction to literature is included in the syllabus to develop knowledge and appreciation of the different forms of literature. The subject will be taught 5 times a week in a 40 minute period.
- SOCIAL STUDIES
Social Studies in the Secondary is concerned in the study of: Geography for Secondary 1 & 2 and World History for Secondary 3, wherein the learners are expected to develop knowledge and skills as well as positive values and attitudes toward the subject. The syllabus in Geography aims to provide a holistic understanding of physical-human relationships. Learners are expected to develop into informed citizens concerned about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat. Secondary 3 will study World History which will provide a perspective and understanding of history to be able to analyze the complexities of today’s global interdependency.
The subject utilizes a 40 minute period and will be taught 2 times a week.
Science Curriculum in the Secondary deals with the study of three areas of Science: Biology for Secondary 1; Chemistry for Secondary 2 and Physics for Secondary 3. The aims of the Science Curriculum are the same for all learners in all levels. The aims include providing well-designed studies of experimental and practical science, a worthwhile educational experience for all students, developing skills and abilities that are life-long and relevant in everyday life situations, stimulating interest in and care for the global environment, promoting awareness of their responsibility to Mother Earth. The subject will be taught 3 times a week for a period of 40 minutes each period.
Mathematics in Secondary 1-3 aims to develop numeracy, reasoning, spatial visualization, thinking skills and problem- solving skills through the learning and application of mathematical concepts. Learners are taught to develop positive attitude towards mathematics and develop abilities to reason logically, communicate mathematically and learn cooperatively and independently. The subject will be taught 3 times a week in a 40-minute period.
- VALUES EDUCATION
The Secondary Values Education Syllabus aims to support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner. The syllabus aims to build a strong foundation of very important core values such as honesty, respect, responsibility, happiness, tolerance and peace among others. These core values will be addressed directly through lessons and meaningful activities. Through this syllabus, students will be encouraged to consider these values, thereby developing knowledge, skills, attitudes that will enable them to function as reflective learners and to grow to be stable, educated and civil adults. Values Education will be taught twice a week for 40 minutes each period.
- MANDARIN LANGUAGE
The syllabus focuses on the study of the special features of the language to enable the students to become well-versed in using the language both in oral and written communications. The subject is taught twice a week or a period of 80 minutes each week.
*The core subjects in the international curriculum will all be handled by Expatriate Teachers. A variety of teaching approaches and strategies such as Cooperative Learning Strategies, SAIL (Strategies for Active and Independent Learning), Practical Work, and the use of a wide range of instructional materials such as transparencies, slides, photographs, CD-Rom’s, films, videos and a lot more will be utilized.
Multiple types of assessment will be employed to assess students’ progress. Assessments may include a variety of formats: written, oral, practical, can be closed or open-ended, real life or abstract; completed individually or as a group. Observational strategies such as anecdotal record keeping, annotated class lists and checklists will also be used to gather feedback on students’ performance. Students may be asked to produce written reports on projects, deliver presentations, make portfolios, journals or diaries.
The Secondary 1, 2 and 3 Curricula are incorporated with extra-curricular activities every Friday. The Secondary 2 and 3 Curricula are incorporated with Review Sessions for the National Exam (UN) every Friday.