Grade 9 - Grade 12

GEMS Modern Academy Curriculum - Senior School

At GEMS Modern Academy, we put in a concerted effort to raise the standards of student performance at this level. Emphasis is placed on the development of a spirit of collaboration and leadership in our students including social outreach and there are multiple avenues for students to explore and experience. 

Students receive vital information on learning options and routes of progression through different streams of choice in Grades 9 and 10 at the ICSE level and later in Grade 11 and 12. Planned activities within the curriculum enable students to identify their strengths, skills and ambitions so they may make informed choices that are best suited for them. 

  • Meet The IBDP Coordinator
  • Meet The Vice Principal - Senior School
Dr. Sunipa Neogi

IBDP Coordinator

Meet The IBDP Coordinator

Sunipa has been associated with GEMS Modern Academy for the last 18 years. Before taking over as the IBDP Coordinator in 2018 she was a Biology teacher in Senior School, Head of Science, Assistant Dean and Assistant DP Coordinator...

John Gomes

Vice Principal - Senior School

Meet The Vice Principal - Senior School

John joined GEMS Modern Academy in September 1990 as a Math and Chemistry Teacher in the senior school. Over the past 29 years, he held various positions at Modern, that of a House Master, Afternoon Activities coordinator, Supervisor of the Middle and Senior school, Dean of Studies...

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Ages 14 - 17

  • Curriculum Overview

    A rigorous ICSE and ISC curriculum prepares students with strong concepts and thorough knowledge base.  This ensures that they gain access into the best universities and academic programs around the world. 

    Striking a balance between academics and co-curricular activities is important and key in sustaining the holistic development ethos at Modern. We put a concerted effort to raise the standards of student performance at this level supplemented with interesting opportunities to participate in a range of activities for students to develop their talents and leadership qualities in a safe environment. 

    Activities like Project Prism aim to develop inter-disciplinary links between subjects, enhance the spirit of innovation and help develop a research mindset. Through participation in Generation Global Video Conferences, student develop their global literacy skills thus preparing them to live and work in an increasingly globalized world.  Community Service learning provided through the SUPW programme offers students the opportunity to develop empathy, compassion and use their qualities to resolve real-world challenges. Leadership opportunities abound in senior school. Student initiatives range around Health and Wellness campaigns, Mentoring, Environment Sustainability, and others. 

  • Subject Choices for I.C.S.E. (Grades 9 and 10) 

    GEMS Modern Academy is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School  Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, India and The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for Grades 11 & 12, the details of which are given in the last section. 

    The Council for the Indian Certificate conducts two examinations: 

    • The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (I.C.S.E.) at the end of Grade 10 
    • The Indian School Certificate (I.S.C.) at the end of Grade 12 

    The I.S.C. Pass Certificate awarded by the Council is recognized by all Indian universities including reputable engineering and medical institutions and is accepted by colleges and universities abroad. 

    A. Subject Options for I.C.S.E. (Grades 9 & 10) 

    Students are expected to study six subjects for the I.C.S.E. Examination. As per the requirement of the Ministry of Education, UAE, all students must study Arabic as an additional subject up to Grade 9. All Muslim students are required to study Islamic Education. Check our subject streams, including details of compulsory subjects for I.C.S.E below: 


    Students opting for Science in Grade 9 should have secured an average of 65% in science in Grade 8 exam. 

    Group I          


    1.              English – Language & Literature 

    2.              Second Language (Hindi or French or Malayalam) 

    3.              Social Studies (History-Civics and Geography) 

    Group II         


    4.              Mathematics 

    5.              Science (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)  

    Group III (Any one subject) 

    6. Computer Application / Economic Application/     

    *Environment Application / *Art / Western Music / Home Science  *Physical Education / Drama / Spanish 

    *These subjects will only be offered provided sufficient number of students opt for them 


    Group I (Compulsory) 

    1.              English – Language & Literature 

    2.              Second Language (Hindi or French or Malayalam) 

    3.              Social Studies (History-Civics and Geography) 

    Group II (Compulsory) 

    4.              Mathematics 

    5.              Economics 

    Group III (Any one subject) 

    6. Computer Applications / Commercial Applications/  

    *Environmental Applications / *Physical Education/*Art/  

    *Home Science /*Western Music / Drama / Spanish    

    *These subjects will only be offered provided sufficient number of students opt for them 

  • Subject Options for I.S.C. (Grades 11 & 12) 

    The subject choices that a student makes in his/her last two years of school can have a significant impact on the course options available at Universities. The combination of subject choices caters to the requirement for eligibility of a specific program/course and hence it is important that the individual subject selection complements the combination allowing the student to pursue their passion for a specific field.  

    The right I.S.C subject combination accommodates individual passion and future academic or professional needs. Wider subject choices instead of streams allow for academic diversity opening up a variety of opportunities for the future.  

    • Select five subjects in all from each group given below. 
    • English from Group 1 is compulsory. 
    • Students who have taken Commerce in Grade 10 are not permitted to choose Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 
    • Students will be eligible for Computer Science only if they have taken Computer Application in Grade 10 
    • Students opting for subject choices of Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology / Computer Science/ Mathematics should have secured 65% marks in each of the subjects, in the Grade 10 Preliminary Examination. 

    Group 1 

    English [ Compulsory ]   

    Group 2 

    Physics, Accounts, Pyschology, Economics 

    Group 3 

    Business studies, Chemistry, Commerce, History, Computer Science, P.E & Art 

    Group 4 

    Biology, Computer Science, Economics Political Science & Sociology, Art 

    Group 5 

    Mathematics, Environmental Science, Economics, Psychology Art & Music 

    Evaluation at the end of Grades 9 &11 is done internally by the school, while evaluation at the end of Grades 10 & 12 is conducted by the Council. The I.C.S.E & I.S.C examinations are held in March and the results are usually declared in the last week of May of the same year. 

  • Subject Choices for IBDP (IB 1 and IB 2) 

    IB Diploma Programme students are required to select one subject from each of the six subject groups listed below. The sixth subject may be an Arts subject chosen from Group 6 or another subject from Groups 3 or 4.  

    Students may register as “Diploma” candidates or as “Diploma Course” candidates.  

    Both are equally recognized by universities across the world and all students receive the IB Diploma Programme credential upon graduation.   

    The distinction between each category is briefly outlined here, followed by the DP subjects on offer at Modern.  

    Diploma candidates must complete three compulsory Core components in addition to their 6 subjects. Diploma Course students participate in CAS. However, Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay are optional (by consultation). 

    Compulsory Core components for Diploma candidates: 

    • Theory of Knowledge 
    • Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) 
    • Extended Essay 
    • Diploma candidates study three subjects at Higher Level (HL) and three subjects at Standard Level (SL).  
    • Diploma Course candidates have no mandatory requirement for three Higher Level subjects. With consultation, they often select one or two that play to their strengths.  
    • Subject choices will be offered provided specific prerequisites are met. This will also be subject to sufficient minimum number of candidates opting for them.  
    • The IB team will evaluate each application carefully and make recommendations for admission.  

    Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature 


    English A: Language and Literature 


    English A: Literature 


    Group 2: Language Acquisition 


    Arabic B 


    Arabic ab initio 


    Hindi B 


    French B 


    French ab initio 


    Spanish ab initio 


     German ab initio SL

    Group 3: Individuals and Societies 






    Business Management 




    Digital Society




    Global Politics 


     Social and Cultural Anthropology HL/SL  

    Group 4: Sciences 








    Computer Science 


    Environmental Systems and Societies 


    Sports Exercise and Health Science 


    Group 5: Mathematics 


    Analysis and Approaches 


    Applications and Interpretations 


    Group 6: The Arts 




    Visual Arts 


    Or an additional subject from Group 3 or 4 


    In accordance with KHDA criteria all Muslim students are required to study Islamic Education and pass in the annual examination. 



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