As students enter the secondary School, they move away from their earlier interest in collecting facts to developing their skills in abstract thinking. Thus, they learn how to organize information and make links and connections that will provide them with a comprehensive view of a world where everything is but a fraction of the whole. In seventh grade, the theme is the ancient Mediterranean civilization. Eighth graders move on to the Middle Ages, ninth graders to Latin and North American literature while tenth graders study Asian novels. Once again, literature, history and art are taught through the perspective of these settings and contexts.
Adolescent students follow the advance of civilization from ancient to modern times, tracing the development of humanity from relatively simple civilizations to the increasingly-complicated intricacies of the modern world; their own development as thinkers progresses in much the same way.
Through reflection and discussion, they learn to express complex ideas with confidence, untangling the mysteries of their environment, maturing in independence and becoming capable of responsible decisions.
Math and science skills are strengthened at this stage, following the European approach where each year the same topics are addressed but in an increasing complexity and depth. Processes are studied rather than the results, to reveal the interconnectedness of components.
The European School places a high value on the fine Arts, encouraging students to express their artistic talents. It has a sculpture workshop, a painting studio, a multimedia room for audio visual presentations. Piano, voice, cello and violin lessons are also made available through the school.
This integrated curriculum prepares students for the greater challenge of the International Baccalaureate program; a two-year course of advanced study that readies them for entrance into university.