The Curriculum Structure
Grade 9: Shanghai and IGCSE Integrated curriculum.
Grade 10: IBDP/A-Level Foundation Year courses.
Grade 11 and Grade 12: IBDP or A-Level program.
Students will be awarded IB diploma or A-Level certificates on satisfying the IBDP or A-Level global examination.
1. In the first and second academic year, Shanghai and IGCSE Integrated curriculum in Grade 9 and IBDP/A-level Foundation Year Curriculum in Grade 10 are offered to students, which mainly adopt IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) courses designed and authorized by Cambridge Assessment International Education. IGCSE curriculum is currently one of the international curriculum systems with the largest number of participants aged between 14 and 16 worldwide, and the corresponding certificate of achievement is widely recognized by many countries and regions. High school students can voluntarily and selectively participate in the IGCSE global examination after the end of the second academic year. A range of IGCSE courses are offered including Math, Economics, Chinese, English, Science, and Art and Design. After the IGCSE examination, students will also need to learn a few school-based transition units as preparation for the advanced study in IBDP or A-Level.
2. In the third (Grade 11) and the fourth (Grade 12) academic years, IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) and A-Level (General Certificate of Education Advanced Level) are offered to students.
IBDP is a unified global standard international program provided by the IB. It is a rigorous, highly academically challenging and balanced curriculum designed to help students aged between 16 and 19 successfully to enter universities and become lifelong learners. It has received high recognition from universities all over the world, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge and other top-ranking universities. After two years of study, all high school IBDP graduates will apply for foreign or Hong Kong universities without taking the National College Entrance Examination in China, commonly known as Gaokao. Students apply for overseas first-class universities with excellent learning abilities, independent development and strong competitiveness.
3. In addition to these international academic programs, ECNUAS also attaches great importance to the well-rounded development of students and enhancement of their overall quality. ECNUAS has invited professionals in all fields to provide music, art, sports, and other school-based courses to all students.
Main features of IBDP:
IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
1. Highly balanced and selective curriculum system.
The IBDP consists of six subject groups.
Group 1: Studies in language and literature
Group 2: Language acquisition
Group 3: Individuals and societies
Group 4: Sciences
Group 5: Mathematics
Group 6: The arts
For more information about IBDP, please refer to the IB official website www.ibo.org.
In ECNUAS, a variety of course are offered within each subject group, all of which fit for Chinese students who consist the main body of our students.
2. DP core—CAS, TOK and EE.
CAS refers to “Creativity, Activity, Service”. It means “Students are encouraged to do activities, being creative and serve others through various activities.
TOK means “Theory of Knowledge”. It is an interdisciplinary course aiming to guide students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know.
EE means “Extended Essay”. In EE, students are required to complete an essay of about 4,000 words according to their own interests and future development directions. It trains students skills of doing academic research and essay writing that are widely used in universities.
Students can not only obtain comprehensive development in various disciplines, but also enhance their activity ability, independent research ability, and reflective abilities by participating in CAS, EE and TOK studies.
3. Highly connected with future studies in universities.
High grades in IBDP could be directly converted into college credits in some universities. At the same time, the strict requirements and high quality of this curriculum are highly recognized by overseas universities, which enable students adapt quickly to the study and life in universities.
Main features of A-Level:
A-Level is an abbreviation for General Certificate of Education Advanced Level, which is the college entrance examination for UK students. A-Level program lasts for two years. The final grades in this examination are reported from A* to E and U. Students usually need to choose 3 or 4 courses to study. Certificates will be awarded after the A-Level examinations. A-level students will mainly apply for universities using the British Education System. They may need to submit other standardized test grades in order to apply for American universities and colleges. Based on students’ educational needs and university application requirements, the A-Level program offered in ECNUAS include Science (Biology or Physics), Mathematics, Business, and Psychology. Meanwhile, it is mandatory that the A-Level students at ECNUAS should also study school-based English and academic wiring courses and meet requirements of extra-curricular activities.
All the teachers of ECNUAS High School graduated from famous universities at home or abroad. The majority of them have Master degree or above. ECNUAS is entitled to recruit expat teachers by Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs. The ratio of local teachers to expat teachers in High School is approximately 3 to 2. The expat teachers are from the United Kingdom, United States, France, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries. At present, 20% teachers in ECNUAS High School are accredited IB examiners. All teachers were trained in workshops recognized by the IB. The ratio of teachers to students is about 1:5. Small-class and fine teaching methods are adopted with no more than 25 students in each class. All courses are taught in English or bilingually except Chinese courses.
Feature Exra-curricular Activities
ECNUAS has created many elective courses and a range of extra-curricular events and activities and community service opportunities for students, which have gradually become part of the school-based curriculum. These activities include:
l Events and activities initiated by four Houses
l Elective courses
l ECNUAS lectures
l Student TV Station
l Fashion show
l CAS Carnival
l Visual Arts exhibition
l Math and Science Week
l Poem Competition
l HS Sports Day
l Drama Festival
l New year concert
l Voluntary teaching and social investigation program in Jiangxi and Qinghai provinces.
l Experiential learning of Chinese traditional culture in Shandong Province.
l Special Olympics Integration School program
l Shanghai Eco-civilization volunteer station program
ECNUAS has a lot of collaboration with schools in America, England, Australia, Canada and Japan. ECNUAS has a committee on international education and has a few sister schools at home and abroad, which include Concordia International School Shanghai and Japan Nagasaki Chinzei Gakuin High School. Teachers and students will pay mutual visits regularly in which East meets West. Students in ECANUS have many chances to participate in study tours, training programs and international competitions.