Orientation Cycle

Secondary years 6 and 7


Students must study at least ten subjects and are examined by means of written and oral examinations and by continuous assessment. There is a core of compulsory subjects which include Language 1, Language 2, Mathematics, History, Geography, Philosophy, Ethics and PE. In addition, if no science subject is taken as an elective subject, students must also take a course in Biology. 

Students must take a minimum of two elective subjects of four lessons per week and may take as many as four. These subjects may include each of the separate sciences, Social Sciences, Latin, Art, Music, Philosophy and Languages 3 and 4. Mathematics can be taken as a 3-lesson or 5-lesson per week course. Additional advanced courses of three lessons per week may be taken in Mathematics, Language 1 and Language 2.

Students may also choose complementary courses of two lessons per week such as practical Science, introductory Economics, Art, Music or Theatre.

Subjects and their tuition languages

Each student’s course of study is based on their subject and language preferences within the European Schools framework. Click to expand examples.

European Baccalaureate Example
European Baccalaureate Example

European Baccalaureate

The European Baccalaureate is the leaving exam for European Schools, and is accepted for university entrance throughout Europe and the world. Students study at least ten subjects in two languages.

ESH has a 98% graduation rate. Our graduates are attending universities around the world, pursuing degrees in a variety of fields including Engineering, Law, Business, Fine Art, Psychology and Science.

Cycle Leader

Each class has a Mentor teacher who meets with students once a week, and is the first point of contact for students, parents and subject teachers.

Cycle Leaders are responsible for overseeing the activities in each Cycle. Any questions that cannot be answered by the student's Mentor teacher, should be directed to the Cycle Leader.