An AP/IGCSE School
Woodstock's choice to use the Cambridge IGCSE and the College Board AP exams is a considered one that allows us to serve a mixed ability group of students who come to our programme with a variety of intelligences and gifts that go beyond the academic.
These curricula form one piece of a balanced and coherent high school program that best meets our students' needs. They also give us benchmark data to guide our teaching and learning. By offering these options we offer students choice and variety in their Woodstock experience without undue exam pressure. At the same time it gives the students a strong high school foundation in skills and concepts as well as the needed credentials for further education around the world. Woodstock is an official Cambridge International Examination Centre and offers the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams in various subjects. The IGCSE exams are widely acknowledged as providing a clear assessment of students' attainment at the Grade 10 level. They are also helpful as indicators of likely performance in AP courses and in assessing aptitude, in addition to their usefulness as recognised qualifications in India and abroad.
The English IGCSE exam is compulsory for all grade 10 students, while other IGCSE exams are available to students on a voluntary basis
Woodstock is an authorized testing center for the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations.
Woodstock offers 20 AP courses which are U.S. college-level courses available to students in Grades 11-12 (with the exception of AP World History in Grade 10). These externally audited courses offer students the chance to study at an advanced level of critical thinking and prepare for external AP examinations in May of each year.
AP exam scores are increasingly used as criteria in university admission decisions worldwide, and scores of "3" or higher on a 1-5 scale can be recognised for college credit at many North American universities. Students are limited in the number of AP courses attempted each year in order to balance their workload with factors also important to university admission, such as grades, extracurricular activities, and community service.
The AP International Diploma is a voluntary scholarly distinction students may achieve by scoring "3" or higher on a prescribed set of 5 AP examinations. The Fordham Report in November 2007 rated the AP and the International Baccalaureate exams (not offered at Woodstock) as basically equivalent in quality of curriculum and assessment, acknowledging that the greatest benefit for students is being in a rigorous, challenging class regardless of which curriculum is used.
Following are reasons that Woodstock is proud to offer the IGCSE and AP programmes:
Our programme of IGCSE and AP offers a tried and tested alternative within the range of options among international schools M
Both IGCSE and AP are widely recognised and understood worldwide
APs are recognised by universities in Britain, Europe, Australia and North America for college credit and/or admission
The IGCSEs ensure a sound foundation in core subjects at the grade 10 level; the APs broaden the approach at the grade 11 and 12 levels
Students can choose which APs they wish to do based on their preferences, strengths and plans; the exams they sit for are not prescribed for them, allowing for exploration
The APs are broad enough to serve the variety of subjects and activities which Woodstock seeks to promote
As a mixed ability school serving India and the international community in India, we can engage students on the levels and areas they are able to excel without undue exam pressure
Woodstock maintains its educational autonomy rather than following a completely prescribed curriculum (May 2008) In addition, Woodstock School serves as an authorized testing center for SAT and ACT examinations.