Chinese International School
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|Chinese International School|
|1 Hau Yuen Path
Braemar Hill, North Point, Hong Kong
|Type||Reception-Year 13 (ages 4–18), private, international, mixed-sex|
|Head teacher||Dr. Theodore S. Faunce Ph.DS.|
|Enrollment||Approximately 1560 to 2000|
|Colour(s)||Red and Blue|
Chinese International School (漢基國際學校, pinyin: Hànjī Gúojì Xúexìao) is a private school offering the years Reception–Year 13 (K–12) in Hong Kong. It has a bilingual programme taught in English and Chinese (Mandarin). Students come from diverse backgrounds, with over 30 nationalities represented. At the Secondary level, students pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years and Diploma programmes. The school's IBDP average is consistently ranked as one of the highest in the world. The campus is located in the residential neighborhood of Braemar Hill in North Point, adjacent to country park green areas. It is a member of the prestigious G20 Schools.
The school was founded in 1984, and had its first intake of 75 students in Years 1 to 3 in September 1983. Its first location was at 7 Eastern Hospital Road in Causeway Bay.
The school is overseen by a Board of Governors of approximately fifteen members, chaired by Geoffrey Mansfield. Dr. Theodore S. Faunce joined the school as Headmaster at the start of the 2006-07 school year.
The school's campus consists of 7 "blocks" connected by open-air walkways. Facilities include:
- Specialised labs and studios for the sciences (8), information and design technology (12) and the arts (9)
- A 200-seat auditorium
- Classrooms with computers available for students to work on. Students and teachers are able to save files on network drives and access them at home via a "NetStorage" service. Students, parents and teachers can share important information and documents at a module named "Moongate". Also, students and teachers are given a Gmail-based e-mail to send and receive homework and assignments online.
- LCD televisions displaying high-tech features while providing students information on the school curriculum and global news
- Four gymnasia
- A 25-meter indoor swimming pool, fitness room and outdoor climbing wall
- An outdoor sports field sharing with The Hong Kong Japanese School containing Football, tennis, basketball, volleyball and netball courts
- Smartboards/Interactive Whiteboards
- MacBooks (Primary only)
- MacBook Pros (Years 7-11)
- Pencils and pens
Students are organized into separate Primary and Secondary "schools" but share a campus, similar school day and linked curriculum. The Primary division has approximately 600 students aged 4 to 11 in Reception to Year 6, while the Secondary division has approximately 800 students aged 11 to 18 in Years 7 to 13.
A defining characteristic of the school is the fact that all students pursue a single program taught in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English - that is, there are no separate language streams. The Chinese-language component continues up until graduation in Year 13, although the main language of instruction remains English.
The Primary curriculum is designed to encourage early development of personal responsibility, mutual respect, and freedom of expression.
CIS has adopted an innovative approach to the teaching of the Primary curriculum in English and Chinese. This approach involves collaborative teacher-partnerships, ensuring that students receive close teacher attention while also learning both two languages in a balanced and integrated way.
Every homeroom is led by a pair of teachers with combined native language abilities in both English and Mandarin, and at every year level, teachers of the two languages collaborate to plan and teach outcomes from the school's inquiry-based integrated program.
Subjects are taught through age-appropriate units of study that fit into broader categories, such as "Understanding Our World" and "Understanding Ourselves".
The school has recently placed a large investment in the primary school. Starting in the school years 2010-2011, the school has put substantial backing into the technology infrastructure and has adopted Apple MacBooks/MacBook Pros as its Digital Toolkit.
In the Secondary school, the International Baccalaureate's Middle Years (IBMYP) and Diploma (IBDP) programs have been adopted as the framework for the CIS curriculum because of their convergence with the school's mission, which places a strong emphasis on critical thinking and inter-cultural understanding, as well as the internationally recognized qualifications those programs confer.
All students in Years 7-11 pursue the Middle Years Program (IBMYP) and all students in Years 12-13 pursue the Diploma Program (IBDP). At the end of Year 13, students sit internationally administered exams. To complete the MYP, students are assessed internally based on their work throughout Years 10 and 11, including the hallmark "Personal Project"—a year-long undertaking involving research, reflection and writing about an area of interest selected by the student.
CIS was one of the first schools in Hong Kong to offer the IBDP, having done so since 1992, and in 2002, was the first school in Hong Kong to offer the MYP. Chinese International School has consistently produced spectacular MYP graduating grades, with an average grade of 6.03 most recently. In addition, 2 students received full achievement levels. In IB, it achieves exceptional results annually, with both top marks obtained by individual students as well as consistently strong average point scores, well exceeding the world average, achieved by large cohorts of students. More than 36% of the graduating class of 2010 achieved grades 40 or above and 37% achieving a bilingual diploma, securing a placement in the leading universities in the world.
Serving as chief representatives of the student body are the Head Boy and Head Girl, who are selected annually from among applicants from the rising Year 13 class. The Head Boy and Head Girl are supported in their roles by an elected Secondary Student Council. In the primary school, students in Years 5 and 6 elect a Primary Student Council, one representative and one deputy from each class.
International Mathematics Competitions
Chinese International School students have also fared well on International Mathematics Competitions such as the 2012 Raffles Invitational Mathematics Olympiad and the South East Asian Mathematics Competition. Thomas Ronda Li '13 won a bronze medal at the 2012 Raffles Invitational Mathematics Olympiad and Chinese International School placed first in the 2012 South East Asian Mathematics Competition with student Charles Meng '15 winning the individual round.