Middle school students in grades 6-8 follow a curriculum based on the UK National Curriculum Key Stage 3. They mainly study with their advisory class but are set by ability in English, Chinese and for some maths and social studies classes. On Wednesday afternoons middle school students choose from a range of sports and arts electives. In middle school students study the following courses:
Grades 6-8 have 7 periods of English per weekStudents follow an integrated Cambridge course for English as Second Language learners using the English in Mind series of books. Students develop reading, writing, speaking and listening through a range of interesting and relevant contexts. Each context also has a grammatical focus. Students learn to be active readers and thinkers and express their own opinions clearly and sensitively.
Grades 6-8 have 6 periods of Chinese per weekStudents are placed within 8 levels of Chinese classes. Students take an HSK exam at least once per year to determine their levels and monitor their progress. Students develop reading, writing, speaking and listening through a range of interesting and relevant contexts. Students learn to be active readers and thinkers and express their own opinions clearly and sensitively.
Grades 6 – 8 have 5 periods of Science per weekStudents build on their scientific knowledge and understanding and use these to explain physical processes and events, and to understand a range of familiar application of science. They do more quantitative work, carrying out investigations on their own and with others. They select and use a wider range of reference sources. They communicate clearly what they did and its significance.
MathematicsGrades 6-8 have 5 periods of mathematics per week.Students will calculate the perimeter and area of various geometric figures as well as the surface area and volume of 3 dimensional objects. They will be introduced to ratios, rates and proportions and how it is related to real life situations. They will also be introduced to coordinate geometry and find out the gradient and equation of any linear function. Pupils will also be introduced to statistics and how to graph various sets of data.
Grades 6-8 have 3 periods of History per weekThe middle school history course covers key historical events from the middle ages to the second world war. Students also complete a project on Korean history. The focus is on developing the skills of a historian: making connections between events, analyzing sources and considering cause and effect. Students also develop their critical reading and extended writing skills.
Grades 6-8 have 3 periods of Geography per weekThe geography course introduces key ideas in both human and physical geography. Students learn key terminology and analytical skills. They also learn practical skills such as map reading.
Grades 6-8 have 3 periods of ICT per week.The middle school course introduces students to key skills in using computer technology and the basics of computer science. The course is a mixture of theory and practical.
Grades 6-8 have 1 period of PSME per weekThe PSME course encourages students to consider their own worldview and how they respond to some of life’s big questions.
MUN (Model United Nations)Grades 6-8 have 1 period of MUN per week
The middle school MUN course introduces students to the role of the UN and human rights. Students develop public speaking and debating skills as well as developing and justifying their own opinions about world issues.
PE (Physical Education)
Grades 6-8 have 1 period of PE per weekIn middle school the boys and girls take separate physical education classes. The school follows a British curriculum.
High School students in grades 9-12 prepare for Cambridge IGCSE examinations, which are taken at the end of grade 10 and Cambridge AS and A Level examinations, which are taken in grades 11 and 12. These internationally recognized qualifications prepare students for higher education and are accepted by universities worldwide.
For more information about the Cambridge international examinations go to: www.cie.org.uk.
For an overview of our high school program please see our school profile: School Profile
We have two types of diploma that our graduates can receive on completion of our high school program:
ZKIS High School Diploma
ZKIS Advanced High School Diploma
The IGCSE courses are designed to be studied over two years and build on the knowledge and skills that have been developed in middle school. They are assessed by final examinations in May/June of Grade 10, which are marked by external examiners from Cambridge. Students receive their results in August. IGCSEs provide the foundation of skills required to continue studying these subjects at advanced level, they also allow our students to compare their performance with their peers around the world. Students receive a grade from A*- U.
Cambridge International AS and A Levels are internationally bench marked qualifications providing excellent preparation for university education. They are taken in over 125 countries. Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications are widely recognized and valued by universities and employers alike. Some US universities give up to a year’s credit as a result. Every year, thousands of Cambridge International A-Level students gain places at good universities worldwide – including the UK, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand and Australia.
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