Changsha WES Academy
Changsha WES Academy (CWA) is the first and only international school located in Hunan Province that uses English as the primary language of instruction. Changsha is a bustling, internationally expanding market that provides foreign companies with investment opportunities. CWA was established in order to support this growth by attracting more foreign investors to Changsha City and Hunan Province at large. With the support of the leaders of Changsha City, the Changsha National Economic and Technical Development Zone Administrative Committee (CETZAC) cooperated with Worldwide Education Services, Singapore (WES Group) to establish an international school for the children of expatriate and SAR families.
Currently, CWA offers an international curriculum for children from ages 3 to 19. It approved as an International School by the PRC Ministry of Education and an accredited member of the Council of International Schools(CIS). In May 2014, the International Baccalaureate Organization authorized CWA as a Primary Years Programme, International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. All IB World Schools share a common philosophy of a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education.
CWA brings together leading teachers from around the world with international backgrounds who are all highly qualified and very experience. This mix of teachers from America, Australia, Canada, China, England, Europe, etc., can draw from global best practice to ensure a holistic, effective approach to teaching and learning.
CWA is not just a place to learn but also to a place to grow and play. With more than 20 nationalities represented, students from different countries and cultures meet and mix, creating a sense of identity and belonging.
International Section Curriculum
1.PYP Curriculum Nursery-G5
Teachers provide a guided inquiry-based approach to learning using the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework of five essential elements: knowledge,concepts,skills,attitudes,and action.
English: Language for oral, written and visual communication
Chinese: Language for first and second language learners
Transdisciplinary: Focus on Social Studies and Science
The Arts: Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts
PSPE: Personal, Social and Physical Education
ICT: Information and Communication Technologies
2.Early Middle Years Curriculum G6-G8
The CWA Middle School Programme, designed for students aged 11 to 14,encourages them to become critical and reflective thinkers. It also emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world.
Language and Literature
Individuals and Societies
Physical and Heh Education
3.International High School Program
In Grades 9 and 10 IHSP students follow a range balanced and demanding two year courses leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). This system is based on the British General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) where students are examined in a broad range of subjects at the age of sixteen. The International version of the GCSE originated with the University of Cambridge Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) and is ideal for such a culturally diverse school such as IHSP.
4.The International Advanced Level Examinations
Students are enrolled onto A-level courses in Grade 11 and will complete them at the end of Grade 12. A Levels are an excellent foundation for their applications to a university. Universities value this qualification due to the high standard of content and skills needed to pass the final examinations.
Students normally pick the three (or four) subjects that they are most interested in and then follow an intensive programme of study for those subjects. CWA currently offers 9 different subjects from Mathematics to Art. At the end of the two year period students are entered for the relevant examinations. These examinations are prepared, and marked by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), who subsequently issue the grades. These, therefore, are external public examinations.
CWA is a candidate school for IBDP, and expected to have the first student to start IBDP in August 2019. The IB Diploma Programme has emerged as the single truly international pre-university high school programme, which includes three core courses and six subjects. It is generally recognized as an excellent educational system.
Three core courses:
TOK – Theory of knowledge
EE – Extended essay
CAS – Creativity, activity, service
Six subject groups:
Studies in language and literature
Individuals and societies
6.High School Pre-Examination Foundation Course
To enrol on this course you would be joining CWA in Grade 10. The main focus of this programme is to boost students English level so that they can study at IHSP in English. This course is an excellent foundation for students to prepare for studying A Levels (or IBDP) in Grades 11 and 12. Students who follow this programme will study Mathematics, English, Chinese, Art and Design, and Science. The structure of these courses is such that students will be ready to study a course which is recognised by international universities. At the end of the year students will take for examinations to assess their progress and suitability for which courses in Grade 11.
Address: 8 Dongyi Road, Xingsha, Changsha, Hunan, China-410100
Source: official website of Changsha WES Academy