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Easily understand the curriculum of international schools

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Unlike the local HKDSE structure, International schools plan their curriculum around a varied choice of internationally recognized exam boards.

These commonly include the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Levels) at years 11-13; The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) from Years 6-10 and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) at years 10-11.

Even schools under the English Schools Foundation (ESF) like Island School, West Island School, South Island School and King George V School do not share the exact same curriculum road map.

Luckily, We're here to offer you insight on the syllabus structure of some renowned international schools.

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St. Paul's Convent School: With a longstanding history in providing girl's education, this school is unique as its academic structure is formed to provide students with knowledge of both local and international content. Students at SPCS will start their first two years of secondary education being introduced to local and international learning subjects, transitioning to the preparation for the IGCSE exams at secondary 3 and 4. Thereafter choosing between the local Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) stream or continuing to pursue studies in an international perspective through the GCE A-levels.

Kiangsu-Chekiang College International Section: Through years 7-9, KCCIS offers students the Key Stage 3 Programme based on the British National Curriculum to cater to their needs of adapting to the requirements of the IGCSE exams in Years 10-11. Students then transition into the IBDP curriculum in years 12-13.

Stamford American School: Throughout the entire learning process, SAIS combines the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) and Common Core Plus frameworks with an inquiry-based approach to learning based on the qualities and Principles of the American schooling system. To this end, Students will spend years 6-10 in a customized learning curriculum, developing practical skills with theoretical knowledge. All this is done to prepare students for the challenging yet rewarding subject matter of the IBDP in years 11-12.

Island School: Providing quality co-educational learning to students of varied backgrounds, IS commences the first 3 years (years 7-9) of secondary education by following the MYP syllabus alongside exposure to skills based and project based learning programmes. In years 10-11, students develop and apply their learning from previous years into the IGCSE exams. Culminating in the preparation and accomplishment of the IBDP in years 12-13.

South Island School: Between years 7-9, Students at SIS learn through the IB Middle Years Programme where they are able to develop and explore skills in subjects they may enjoy without examination pressure. This is done in order to help students build a deep connection with what they may want to study in Years 10-11 where they sit for the IGCSE assessments and 12-13 for the IBDP examinations.

West Island School: WIS has adopted their own personalized curriculum through years 7-9 to help learners establish a strong foundation from a wide variety of essential disciplines. Students then take what they have learnt into completion of the IGCSE in years 10-11. Unique to WIS is the choice of programmes that they may undertake after year 11 to better prepare themselves for future prospects.

King George V School: At KGV school, students study the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for three years from 7-9. The MYP builds upon and develops skills and attitudes which prepares students to meet future academic challenges, including the IGCSE exams in year 10-11 and followed by BTEC and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in years 12-13. KGV school offers BTEC to advance vocational training education for learners who may be interested in undertaking a practical career.

We currently teach students from a range of schools including the ones mentioned above, providing them with flexible times and lesson arrangements for both face to face tuition or online courses. Aside from teaching, we also commit to other services like assisting students with applying for university admissions or answering questions parents may have for exam boards.

No matter what exam board you choose, we are here to help you succeed in any!


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