Academics & Programs
Huamao International School (HIS) is a truly international school being an authorized IB World School teaching the IB DP to students aged 16-19 years old. IB DP program provides a challenging and comprehensive education that would enable students to understand and manage the complexities of our world and provide them with skills and attitudes for taking responsible actions for the future. The IB DP program is often considered as the “gold standard” in international education and has a high reputation for its excellent graduates.
In line with the goal of educating the whole person, the IBDP curriculum requires that students study a range of disciplines, rather than specialising in only one or two. The IBDP combines a balance between breadth and depth through selective specialisation, and is explicitly coherent within itself.
The DP Curriculum model consists of a hexagon with six academic discipline areas (Groups) surrounding a core. Subjects are studied concurrently and students are required to study a range of subjects representing all the major disciplines. As the course is scheduled over the full 2 years of years 11 and 12, Year 11 is commonly referred to as DP year 1 and Year 12 as DP Year 2.
All DP Students are required to do three core subjects: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay, Creativity, Action and Service（CAS）as well as six subjects (3 at higher level (HL) and 3 at standard level (SL)) of six groups of academic disciplines. All subjects have Internal Assessment (IA) (marked by the school and moderated externally) and External Assessment (exams that are sat at school and marked externally).
The three core subjects
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. It is mandatory for every Diploma Programme student; it adds coherence to the programme. TOK should involve at least 100 hours of teaching time spanning the programme’s two years.
Extended Essay(EE) is an externally assessed, independent research assignment of 4,000 words (4,800 Chinese characters）in one of the six subject areas. This is one of the ways in which IB Diploma Programme students can specialize in a certain subject area and prepare for University studies.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requires a minimum of 150 hours of participation over the two years in creative, physical and service activities in the local community. The essence of CAS is not the number of hours completed however – it is the spirit in which they are done. The CAS
requirement allows students to gain real-life experience beyond the classroom.
Creativity is interpreted broadly to include a wide range of arts activities as well as the creativity students demonstrate in designing and implementing service projects.
Action can include not only participation in individual and team sports but also taking part in expeditions and in local or international projects.
Service encompasses a host of community and social service activities. Some examples include helping children with special needs, visiting hospitals and working with refugees or homeless people. Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities for the equivalent of at least three to four hours each week during the two years of the DP program. A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of CAS participation to themselves and to others, and to evaluate the understanding and insights acquired.
The six groups of academic disciplines
Group 1: A first modern language：Language A
This is usually the student’s native language. For Chinese students it will be Chinese. The international students may study their mother tongue language.
Group 2: A second modern language: Language B
Students who have previously studied a second language for a number of years will study that language as Language B. HIS will be offering English or Chinese as a second language.
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
HIS offers :
● Economics or
● Business & Management
Economics can be either at SL or HL, Business &Management can only be at SL.
Group 4 : Experimental Sciences
The subjects available in our school are:
These can all be completed at either SL or HL.
Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science
Students must study Mathematics. They could choose Mathematics at HL, at SL or Mathematical Studies at SL.
Group 6: The Arts/Options
Our School offers: Visual Arts
Options: Instead of a group 6 subject, a student may select a subject from group 3 or 4.
Each Year, the Year 12 Students take written examinations in May of their senior year. These exams are sent to external IB examiners and results are available at the beginning of July. Students are also required to complete class work over the two years at school. These exams are marked by the student’s instructor and then moderated by external examiners.
IB Staff & Faculty
HIS is responsible for the quality and assessment of its IBDP curriculum. We have developed a vibrant work experience for experienced and dedicated staff who has high level of commitment, energy and stamina. Homeroom bubbles with creativity and enthusiasm with the guidance of homeroom teachers both from China and abroad. The school community has witnessed the promotion of critical thinking, inquiry-based learning and international mindedness of our students.
IBDP Exchange Programs
Currently we offer one-on-one exchange program with St. Philips College in Australia, including English-immersed learning, home stay and extra-curricular activities.
Year 12 graduates can apply to go on exchange or to be involved in service projects and GAP program of our sister schools , either in Sidcot School, U.K or in Salem Academy, Germany. These programs enrich the students comprehension of cultural diversity and their linguistic growth.
IBDP CAS Program
All DP students have one hour per day in CAS( Creativity-Action-Service) Program. All activities are initiated and organized by themselves. In this program, there are basketball, volleyball, American football, tennis, bicycle-riding, yoga, dance, defence, chess, band, debating club, reading/guitar tutoring to PYP students, environmental club, flashmob etc.
Our sister schools are as follows:
Sidcot School in the U.K. which was established in 1699;
Salem Academy in Germany, which was built in 1772 and
St. Philips College in Australia.
Josie, the 1st Chairman of Huamao Students’ Union is in gap year in the U.K. Our students are doing Living laboratory activities with the ones in Sidcot School.
Excellent Year 11 students can be designated to attend IB World Conference. They could discuss global affairs with students worldwide.
Students are also available to attend Round Square conference, a worldwide association of schools on five continents sharing unique and ambitious goals.
HIS seeks to offer educational opportunities to all eligible junior middle school graduates who aims to choose international education pathways with a range of nationalities, languages and cultural background and abilities. We are to enroll 50 students to IB DP program in 2015-2016 academic year.
Huamao International School
Add: No.2 Yinxian Dadao( Middle) Ningbo PR China 315192
Tel: +86-574-88211388 +86-574-88211399
Admissions Office: 1st Floor of Admin building (across from Financial Office)
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