Stamford offers students the choice of graduating with either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP)* or American High School Diploma, or both, giving your child unparalleled choice and competitive advantage. Students in Grade 6 through Grade 10 prepare for these pre-university examinations through our rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum based on the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) and Common Core Plus standards. The Secondary curriculum continues seamlessly from Elementary and places a strong focus on social studies, language, the arts, physical education, mathematics and science.
Where: Stamford American School Hong Kong Admissions Office
Two Exchange Square, Level 40, 05-07, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
Stamford offers a choice of over 40 IB courses†, ensuring your child the greatest opportunity of success on their university choice and beyond. The IB DP is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course of study that demands the best from motivated students and teachers. The two-year curriculum is designed to prepare students for entrance to leading universities worldwide and is one of the highest regarded academic programs for students aged 16-19.
Research conducted in the UK reveals that university admissions offices recognize that the skills developed by DP students makes them highly desirable applicants for university. Beyond completing college-level courses and examinations, IB Diploma students are also required to engage in community service, individual research and an inquiry into the nature of knowledge. The IB DP curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts: extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service. The two-year course of study leads to externally-assessed final examinations and a qualification widely recognized by the world’s leading colleges and universities for its high academic standards. For more information, click here.
Each student’s achievements are continually assessed. Teachers use a variety of assessment techniques including testing for knowledge and skills, observations, portfolios of student’s work and analysis of book, project and practical work. Attitude, learning skills, social relationships and effort are considered equally important when looking at the overall development of the child.
Every student will undergo standardized Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessments twice a year in Mathematics, Reading and Science. Administered each Fall and Spring, these results are benchmarked according to U.S. and International norms to determine each student's instructional level, allowing us to deliver individual learning plans and measure students' academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year.
Created by educators for educators, MAP® assessments provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on their unique learning path. MAP® is a computerized test, which dynamically adapts to student’s response as they take the test. If a student answers a question correctly they proceed to a more challenging question and if a student misses a question the test offers them a simpler question. In this way MAP® tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for each student's level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.
MAP® data is used within the school to differentiate instruction. The RIT scores provided for each student allows teachers to identify the standards based developmental level for each student and therefore to construct learning goals based on the next set of standards that are individually relevant. For more information, click here.
*Stamford American School Hong Kong will apply to the International Baccalaureate for program candidacy in December 2017.
†Subject to demand.