Kang Chiao International School authorization and accreditation
- authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
- a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme
- authorized to offer the AP Capstone Program
- accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
The curriculum of Kang Chiao International School - Taipei Campus is a reflection of the school's mission outlined in the School-wide Learning Outcomes (SLOs). IB World Schools share a common philosophy-a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision**.
Kang Chiao International School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. The curriculum for grades 7 to 10 follows the IB Middle Years Programme framework in the organization of courses, delivery of the content and skills, and the assessment of students. It has been designed to cater to the needs of KCIS students in compliance with national requirements and to prepare them for the rigorous programs of high school, grades 11 and 12.
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
**Mission Statement from the IB 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.
KCIS Curriculum Framework:
Middle Years Programme for Grades 7 to 10
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is a challenging framework designed for students aged 11-16, a period that is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development. The programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in an interrelated, complex and changing world.
The Middle Years Programme is composed of eight (8) subject groups:
- Language acquisition
- Language and literature
- Individuals and societies
- Physical and health education
The courses' content is driven by American-based standards taken from the Common Core, Next Generation Science, and selected state standards, whereas the skills, instruction, and assessments are delivered using the International Baccalaureate Programme Framework.
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Language Programmes Overview
KCIS recognizes that language development incorporates Halliday’s (1985) core concepts of
○ aims to enhance basic interpersonal communication through interaction with teachers and peers, as well as through early literacy development
- learning through language
○ aims to equip students with the cognitive academic language skills needed to construct new meanings and knowledge of the world
○ aims to empower students’ metalinguistic awareness to cultivate an understanding of the relationship between language and meaning and how language works across the curriculum, often through literary analysis and critical literacy
The following is an overview of language courses offered at KCIS for Grade 7 to 10 and an articulation of phase placements/honors placement. In order to meet the language requirements outlined in Language and Learning in IB Programmes (2011), all students will either fulfill two different language and literature course tracks or one language and literature course track and one language acquisition course track.
- English as a subject is taught through
○ English Language Acquisition - Subject group 2
○ English Language and Literature - Subject group 1
- Chinese (Mother Tongue) is taught through
○ Chinese Language Acquisition - Subject group 2
○ Chinese Language and Literature - Subject group 1
All KCIS students are required to take the Chinese Language (either Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) or Chinese Language & Literature (CLL), swimming classes, as well as participate in the required exploration activity in each grade level.
Assessment and Reporting of Grades
The primary aim of assessment at Kang Chiao International School is to support student learning. The KCIS community understands that assessment is a powerful learning tool that assists in assessing how well a student is progressing in a course, and for gathering accurate information on whether learning outcomes have been met. It is an ongoing process, based on multiple sources of evidence, designed to inform both teachers and learners, allows students to take responsibility for their work, and to support their growth as lifelong learners.
Assessment at KCIS is an ongoing process and categorized into three (3) types
- Formative - assessment for learning (ongoing throughout each unit)
- Summative - assessment of learning (every end of the unit)
- School-based - KCIS uses NWEA MAP, a computer adaptive interim assessment given three times a year. The data enables teachers to differentiate instruction based on a student’s RIT scores, and the scores are also a criterion in placing students in appropriate levels.
The grading system for middle school (IB MYP) & high school (IB DP) is criterion-based using a 7 point scale following the assessment principles of the International Baccalaureate, whereas the AP Program and regular high school program follow the GPA system. KCIS provides a conversion table to a student’s future schools so they may be able to translate the IB number grade if necessary.
Student performance in KCIS will be reported in two separate ways:
- Academic Grades - overall evaluation of a student’s achievement
- Interim Grades
- Final Grades
- Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills attainment (behaviors that promote learning). This is framed using the IB ATL skills aligned to KCIS student learning outcomes.
- ATL skill attainment is reported by four indicators
- Exceeding Expectations (EE)
- Meeting Expectations (ME)
- Approaching Expectations (AE), and
- Below Expectations (BE)
KCIS High School Diploma Program
High school students from Grades 11-12 who choose this program will have a wide variety of courses that will prepare them for their chosen major/career. Grades 11 and 12 students have three different academic programs to choose from - International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Advanced Placement Program, and the KCIS High School Program. These programs are taught in self-contained classrooms with departmentalization for high school students.
To this end, KCIS offers
- 19 IB Diploma Programme courses
- 22 AP courses, and
- 18 elective courses.
AP Capstone Program
The AP Capstone program is a rigorous program that requires students to take the two AP Capstone courses, AP Seminar, and AP Research, together with four other AP courses. To get the AP Capstone Diploma, students need to earn a score of 3 or higher in all of their AP classes. With careful planning, AP Capstone students can get AP International Diploma if they take AP courses in four different content areas as specified by the College Board and earn a score of 3 or higher in all of these courses.
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The IB Diploma Programme is a structured program offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). Students choose six subjects from different subject groups, as well as the components of the IB Core - Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS), and the Extended Essay (EE). Students have two years to prepare for the external IB exams and complete their IB core requirements to be eligible for the IB Diploma.
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