High School Academics

High School Academics

Hillel Academy High School has over 360 students in grades 7 -13 (Form 1 to Upper 6th). Our curriculum is based on the highest international standards. It includes the Cambridge Intenational General Certificate of Secondary Eduation and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programmes.

Class sizes are small with a maximum of twenty-five students per class. Teachers qualifications exceed required levels of preparation in all subject areas. Class periods are fifty-five minutes long. 

In Grades 7 and 8, students take the core subjects: Mathematics, English Language and English Literature, French and Spanish, Natural Sciences, Information Technology (including Robotics), Geography, History, Art, Music, Drama, Life & Study Skills and Physical Education. At this level the curriculum aims to develop learning skills, vocabulary and the knowledge needed for advanced study. 

Grade 9 students may add Business & Management and the Sciences are expanded to differentiate the disciplines of Chemistry, Biology & Physics.

In Grades 10 and 11 in preparation for the IGCSE students normally study 8 subjects. First Language English, English Literature, and Mathematics are compulsory. Students then choose further subjects from: History, Geography, Economics, Business Studies, Environmental Management, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Additional Mathematics, French Foreign Language, Spanish Foreign Language, Art & Design, Economics, Information Technology, Computing Studies. Students must also take at least one foreign language, a subject from the humanities, and a natural science.

In Grades 12 and 13 all students follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. All courses are honors courses. The IB Diploma Program is a widely respected, comprehensive and rigorous two year curriculum consisting of six subject groups: Language A1 (language of instruction or mother tongue); Language B (foreign language); Study of Individuals and Society; Experimental Sciences; Mathematics and an elective group. Full Diploma students must pursue three subjects at the Higher Level (HL) and three at the Standard Level (SL), follow a course in Theory of Knowledge (TOK), engage in a minimum of 150 hours of CAS activities (creativity, action and service), and complete a significant piece of research entitled the Extended Essay. Students are tested through written and oral examinations, prepared and evaluated by an international team of examiners.

The following subjects are offered: English A1, Spanish B, Spanish ab-initio, French B, History, Geography, Economics, Business and Management, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems & Societies, Mathematics, Mathematical Studies, Information Technology (ITGS) and Visual Arts. All subjects, except Environmental Systems & Societies and Mathematical Studies are available at Higher and Standard Levels.

Our College Counselor offers PSAT and SAT preparation classes as well as careers guidance using Centigrade and Probe testing. In 2011 forty one (41) IB Graduates received 136 offers from 70 different colleges and universities in the West Indies, U.S.A and Canada. These students were awarded US$750,000 of scholarships for their first year of university alone.

Director: Mr. Nick Hazell
HS principal: Mr. Lloyd Holmes (interim)
IGCSE Coordinator: Mrs. Lorna Igbe
IBDP Coordinator: Mr. Lloyd Holmes
University Admissions: Ms. Donna Preston
CAS Coordinator: Ms. Tenessia Francis
Grades 7-9 Coordinator: Ms. Pauladene Steele
Guidance Counselor: Mrs. Joan Frazer

CEEC: 866298
IGCSE centre number: JM 819
IB School Code: 3311
UCAS number: 45835

What makes us unique?

We have an outstanding track record of academic achievement in external examinations, with IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and International Baccalaureate exam scores among the top in the world.

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