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Why choose FIS Secondary?

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Students in the international stream follow a programme based on the English National Curriculum and enhanced for our international setting. Because we believe that students should appreciate and understand their surroundings.

Students are taught in English and are required to study French.

We support students on their journey from kindergarten to secondary school. We are there for them every step of the way, from when they first learn to write, all the way through to their IGCSE and IBDP exams. We also help all our students apply to and prepare for studying at top universities worldwide.  

 

Students learn to be effective and tenacious class communicators and collaborators, expressing their creativity and self-confidence. We equip them with skills and attributes that will take them far in life. This philosophy is encapsulated in our IPROMISE Personal Profile. We also aim to ensure students enjoy the learning experience and receive an excellent, well-rounded education, enabling them to excel in their chosen careers. And we are always proud to see the young adults they become.

Each student is different, and we work hard to provide a supportive community environment in which all can flourish and reach their potential. Ian Clayton, Head of International Stream Deputy Head of FIS

In a nutshell

The International Stream operates as a small school with 50 students per year group. Staff turnover is low; we retain experienced teachers whom students know and trust. Student-teacher relationships are particularly strong.

Our student body is truly diverse, with more than 40 nationalities and by studying alongside French Stream students at the same campus, there is an opportunity to learn in depth aspects of another language and culture.

Our Curriculum offer is strengthened by small class sizes which allow our dedicated teachers to provide more individual attention, emphasis on language acquisition, attention to student wellbeing and development of the whole student by providing as holistic an education as possible.

A great school is not just about what happens in the classroom. Our students can access a wide range of extra-curricular activities depending on their own interests and passions. Our annual CAS trips week at the end of June allows our students to experience trips in Hong Kong or overseas focusing on their personal development through community service, physically demanding activities or creative opportunities.

We also offer many opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills throughout secondary via the Student Voice Council and Student Ambassadors elective bodies. I would encourage you to come and see our wonderful school in action for yourself. I look forward to meeting you in person and answering any questions that you may have.

We put students’ growth at the heart of everything we do. During their time with us, we nurture students’ special and unique talents, skills and strengths to support them in the best holistic way along their academic learning journey.

Five reasons to choose the international stream

One multicultural school for your child’s entire education

The French International School is innovative in spirit. We are the only school in Hong Kong to offer the IEYC, IPC, IGCSE and IBDP curricula. We were one of the first international schools in Hong Kong some 55 years ago. And, around 20 years later, we became the first school in the region to receive International Baccalaureate accreditation. We accompany students throughout their school journey, from Nursery (ages 3 – 4) to Year 13 (ages 17 – 18) and up to their entry to university. We are global in community and outlook. Our 2,700 students hail from over 40 different countries and by the time they leave, the majority have mastered two languages, with some proficient in three or four.

Student wellbeing 

The wellbeing of our students is a priority. During their time with us, they benefit from lots of personal attention from their teachers, as well as access to support from counsellors and external organisations.

Academic excellence

We aim to ensure that all our students perform at their best. For many, this means gaining entry to Russell Group and Ivy League universities. But at FIS, it also means pursuing careers in diverse fields, such as fashion, photography and art.

A modern approach to teaching

We adopt a modern approach to teaching, using assessments of learning outcomes, neuroscience and harnessing student motivation to help each student do their best.

You do not need to be French to join the international stream and benefit from a French experience

Neither you nor your child need to be French or speak French to join us. Classes are taught in English, while French as a foreign language (FLE) is gradually incorporated into your child’s curriculum. International stream students share campuses with students from the French stream, which helps to create a cohesive school community. The various activities on offer also give them the opportunity to learn from and mix with students from across our diverse community, providing cultural enrichment and improving their French language skills.

International stream programme

Lower secondary and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

In lower secondary, our aim is to provide students with the foundations for academic success and personal growth. Our dedicated and experienced staff work to ensure that students are happy and engaged in this excellent learning environment. We aim to instil in them a love of learning and the importance of self discipline as well as respect for all members of the school and wider community.

Students begin their secondary schooling in Year 7.

Here at FIS, we work hard to develop the whole student, and while our academic record is excellent, we also place great value on the personal development of our students, who are encouraged to discover the world around them and explore their own potential. Mark Williams, Head of Secondary, International Stream

Introduced in 2020 to Y7 and gradually implemented in Y9 by Sept. 2022

The Cambridge International IGCSE examinations are offered across 20 or so subjects in Y10 and Y11

At FIS, learners strive to be: 

I : INQUIRERS
P : PRINCIPLED
R : RISK-TAKERS
O : OPEN-MINDED
M : MINDFUL
I : INNOVATIVE
S : SMART
E : EMPATHETIC 

  • Core subjects

    Mathematics, English and Science. In Year 9 combined Science splits into the three separate sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Biology) to prepare students for this aspect of the IGCSE curriculum.

  • Humanities

    History and Geography are introduced as separate subjects, while Computer Science classes strengthen students’ knowledge of technology, preparing them to adopt the innovative mindset that is increasingly required in our ever-changing world. 

  • Wellbeing

    PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) is held once a week and aims to look after the social and emotional needs of our students, with a strong focus on pastoral care. All students also participate in regular physical education classes, gaining exposure to a variety of sporting disciplines and games.

  • Language acquisition

    French is compulsory. 

    There is also a choice of Spanish, Mandarin or Latin from term 2 of Year 7, after students have been introduced to all three languages through a carousel system of taster lessons.

  • Creative arts

    We promote as holistic an education as possible, with Art, Drama and Music forming an important part of weekly lessons.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a comprehensive two-year programme for Year 10 and 11 students. It is a universally recognised qualification among international schools and universities worldwide which aims to provide learners with a broad and balanced mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge. 

At FIS, students are required to take four compulsory and five optional examined subjects.  Personal, Social and Health Education classes are also compulsory but are not examined. IGCSE options are selected in Year 9.

Compulsory subjects
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • French – as a first language OR as a foreign language
Options
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Humanities: Economics, History, Geography
  • Languages: Mandarin, Spanish
  • Creative: Art and Design, Computer Science, Drama, Music

All IGCSE courses at FIS are assessed by Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge ICE award

All FIS students qualify for the Cambridge ICE award, which recognises learners who pass examinations in at least seven IGCSE subjects from five different subject groups (including two different languages). This prestigious award sets our students apart from others around the globe.

 

IS stream brochure: IGCSE & IB

Super curriculum

With entry to the top universities increasingly competitive, we want to give our students the skills, knowledge and confidence to improve their chances of being accepted into their first choice university.

So we have introduced the super curriculum, an opportunity for students to enrich their academic studies. It is a flexible hour per week in Year 10 where we help students work on a specific skill or project, such as a personal research project, presentation and public speaking skills, a media literacy course, accessing international competitions or coaching and mentoring younger students.

Upper secondary and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The focus of these final years is to provide students with a holistic education, with students benefiting from excellent academic teaching and guidance to prepare them for the future.

The school’s unique learning experience culminates in the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. We focus on developing a desire to learn through a range of linguistic, cultural and educational experiences and exposure to diverse intellectual, social and global perspectives, which will prepare them well for adulthood.

Students are encouraged to reach their academic potential during these important examination years, as well as continuing to develop the skills and qualities needed for their future career.

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a comprehensive and challenging two-year course designed to foster a positive attitude to learning. The programme aims to provide learners of different cultures, languages and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social and global perspectives that are vital for their higher education and career development. 

With over 30 years of experience in teaching the IBDP, we offer an enhanced programme including a unique opportunity for proficient English, French and Mandarin speaking students to earn the IB Bilingual Diploma, a prestigious and highly valued qualification which gives our students an advantage when applying to their chosen universities.  

During the two-year course, students receive a great deal of support from their subject teachers, guidance from form tutors, the IBDP Coordinator, university counsellors and head teachers through regular meetings both as a group or individually.  

Students are required to study six subjects (one subject from each group) with three subjects studied at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). IBDP options are selected in Year 11.

In addition, the curriculum includes three core requirements that aim to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

 

Core requirements
  • The 4,000-word extended essay requires students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the Diploma Programme subjects they are studying. 
  • Theory of knowledge provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.  Students must be able to successfully communicate their findings through a balanced essay and presentation that shows awareness of diverse perspectives.
  • Creativity, activity, service involves students in a range of experiences alongside their academic studies. Creativity is about exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance. Activity involves physical exertion that contributes to a healthy lifestyle. And service is about collaborative and reciprocal engagement in the community in response to a genuine need.

 

Subject choices

Students can choose from the following IBDP options:

GROUP 1: Language and Literature

  • English Literature and Language (HL/SL)
  • English Literature (HL/SL)
  • French Literature (HL/SL) 
  • Mandarin (HL/SL)

GROUP 2: Language acquisition

  • Mandarin (B) (HL/SL) 
  • French (B) (HL/SL) 
  • French (Ab Initio – for beginners) (SL) 
  • Spanish (B) (HL/SL)

GROUP 3: Individuals and societies

  • Economics (HL/SL) 
  • Geography (HL/SL) 
  • History (HL/SL) 
  • Psychology (HL/SL)

GROUP 4: Sciences

  • Biology (HL/SL) 
  • Chemistry (HL/SL) 
  • Computer Science (HL/SL)
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (SL) 
  • Physics (HL/SL)

GROUP 5: Mathematics

  • Applications and Interpretation (HL/SL) 
  • Analysis and Approaches (SL)

GROUP 6: The arts

  • Visual Arts (HL/SL) 
  • Theatre (HL/SL) 
  • Another subject from Group 2, 3 or 4