Avalon High School

When developing Avalon High School model for education we identified two issues to support our Steve Jobs primary philosophy. We implemented curriculums that would support each student in their educational journey, and that would prepare students for their life choices after school.


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Avalon High School therefore offers students and parents the unique opportunity to follow a curriculum that is best suited to the student.


Foundation/Checkpoint (Gr 8 and 9)

Foundation / Checkpoint is a one year programme, leading to internal and externally marked and certificated examinations from the University of Cambridge. Foundation is the 8th and/or 9th year of schooling and is the equivalent of Grade 9. Our Foundation course is designed to give students a firm grounding in the concepts of Mathematics, Combined Science and English and is aimed at students from 13 to 14 years of age who have usually completed grades 7 or 8. Students must take 7 subjects, three of which are required to complete “Checkpoint” however Cambridge examinations are optional for these subjects. All other subject exams are marked locally at the Academy.

Compulsory Subjects are:

  • English Language (1st Language)
  • Afrikaans (2nd Language)
  • Mathematics
  • Co-ordinated Science (a combination of Chemistry, Biology & Physics)
  • Computer Studies
  • Geography
  • History

Cambridge Secondary 1

The Cambridge Secondary 1 is the equivalent of grades 8 and 9. The course is well rounded, exposing students to a variety of subjects with particular emphasis on mathematics, sciences and English. This ensures that students have adequate grounding to comfortably manage the IGCSE and later the AS level mathematics and sciences.

Cambridge IGCSE

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, attracting over 900 000 subject entries every year from 140 countries.

Cambridge IGCSE helps students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in subject content and intellectual enquiry. Cambridge IGCSE has been designed for students worldwide, including those whose first language is not English.

We offer students the flexibility to choose from over 70 subjects at Cambridge IGCSE, meaning they can study the subjects they enjoy and are best at.

With the Cambridge Pathway, your child is joining a global community of learners from more than 10,000 schools in over 160 countries, with an aim to equip them for success in the fast-changing modern world.

Cambridge International AS & A Level

Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications are taken by over 175 000 learners in nearly 130 countries every year. They are typically for learners aged 16 to 19 years who need advanced study to prepare for higher education.

Cambridge International A Level is typically a two-year course, and Cambridge International AS Level is typically one year. Schools can choose to offer Cambridge International AS Level qualifications in their own right, or as a way to progress to Cambridge International A Level.

Students can choose from a range of 55 subjects, meaning they can study what they enjoy and are good at.

They develop a deep understanding of the subjects they study, as well as independent learning and critical thinking skills – abilities that universities value highly.

University of Cambridge International Examinations

We prepare school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning.

Avalon British International Accredited Study Centre


The Avalon Accredited Study Centre offers supervision of Cambridge studies to students. Students further have the social interaction of studying in a group and/or the academic support of some face to face tuition. Students have the option to study independently or in groups and can book tutoring classes at an additional cost in key subjects as required.

The Accredited Study Centre:

  • Accredited with British International Distance College. Parents can be assured the centre is operated ethically and legally.
  • Liaises with BIDC to ensure student success in their selected programmes.
  • Distributes information/updates pertaining to Cambridge Assessment International Education.
  • Offers a comfortable and supportive learning environment conducive to learning.
  • Designs a personalised study programme, for each student, taking into account the amount of study hours available and also the student’s preferred pace of learning.
  • The School’s Study Centre Manager will review the student’s progress according to their program and any difficulties experienced with a subject will be reported and addressed immediately.
  • Monitors submission of assignments and administrative documentation.
  • Communicates set tutorial dates at BIDC prior to the examination.
  • Job shadowing and community service is also arranged.
  • On Campus tutors and teachers can be booked through the School’s Study Centre Manager or Core Teacher when a student requires support in a subject (additional costs apply).