Our high school program’s foundation is based upon the College Board’s SAT and AP curriculum specifications. High school students at Concordia who are preparing themselves for university or college in the United States or elsewhere including Hong Kong can qualify for admission by writing and excelling in the SAT Reasoning, Subject Tests and the TOEFL-iBT test in English proficiency.
Students with good AP scores are generally admitted in preference by universities all over the world. Successful completion of AP courses always places a student in a more advantageous position in college application.
High School students at Concordia write the following tests and exams annually:
Grade 10-11 Students:
Grade 11-12 Students:
Grade 11 Students:
Preparation for the above stated tests/exams is built into our regular High School curriculum. Therefore, students are prepared for university/college entrance upon completing Grade 12 with our Graduation Diploma.
The following paragraph illustrates the admission requirements for a government funded University in Hong Kong for students from an American-patterned school system. These requirements serve to exemplify how our High School students ought to plan their study at Concordia for their next stage of education, be it in the United States or other overseas locations.
The formal and informal curriculum of the school is represented in our academic programs as well as through the experiential learning and service projects that extend learning beyond the school walls. A minimum of 30 hours of service learning through our Global Leadership Program is expected of every student.
Global Leadership activities organized in recent years include:
Cultural Exchange Trip to Kansai Japan organized by Youth Overseas Exchange Centre
Service Learning Trip to Cambodia organized by Concordia Welfare & Education Foundation.
It is school’s policy that students whose English is weak in academic study are strongly recommended to join the school’s ESL Program to improve their English skills. New students admitted with lower WIDA scores OR a student who scores a grade less than 60% in his/her regular English Course in a school term or scores a Lexile reader measure which is below the grade’s cutting range, is also recommended to attend the ESL Program until his/her English proficiency has reached the required standard for the grade.
The ESL Program specifically targets to improve students’ English and literacy in their core subjects. These classes consists of small groups so the ESL teacher is able to address each student’s weaknesses and make immediate improvements.
Students who fail a core subject in a school term may attend a 20-hours after-school revision course on the subject to improve and to earn the credit missed. Such tutorial courses are provided by an outsourced learning centre, but conducted on campus.
The Physical Education program is designed for the students:
Besides the regular P.E. program offered to grades 7-10 students, they also have sports activities at the King’s Park Centenary Centre of YMCA every Friday afternoon.
At CISHK students are divided into four Houses for competition – Water, Air, Earth and Fire. Various club activities are organized on Wednesday afternoons by students.
To further enrich our regular PE program, distinguished guests on sports are invited to the school to provide demonstrations from time to time.
As well as developing the diverse skills of all students, our extra-curricular activities have provided students the chance to enrich their school life in Concordia.
Our student body is multi-national and multi-cultural. They come from different ethnic backgrounds, which is something we are proud of at Concordia. Since Putonghua is an important world language, it is our policy that learning Chinese is mandatory for all students.
In the Chinese language class, non-Chinese students are streamed separately from their ethnic Chinese classmates. Ethnic Chinese students naturally follow a more demanding school curriculum which is based upon the curriculum framework of the Education Bureau of Hong Kong for local schools. Non-Chinese students, on the other hand, have to follow a school curriculum which places more emphasis on speaking and listening skills. The curriculum we adopt is from the Californian Department of Education for Foreign Languages.
Our Putonghua courses prepare Concordia students to write the SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listening or the AP Exam in Chinese Language and Culture when they move up to Grades 11-12.