Interesting Investigations at SIS

Interesting Investigations at SISThe 2010-2011 school year has seen some exciting new developments in the high school science program at SIS.  Grade 11 and 12 students now have the choice of taking IB Physics, IB Chemistry and/or IB Biology classes. Each of these two-year introductory science courses is designed to prepare students for the study of the natural sciences at the university level.  Each course has a core syllabus that contains challenging theoretical content as well as a rigorous practical program.

Laboratory practicals, commonly referred to as “labs”, reflect topics across the curriculum, ensuring students will have an opportunity to actively explore concepts introduced throughout the course.   The practical program is designed to reinforce theoretical content, increase student’s appreciation of the hands-on nature of scientific work, and help students develop the manipulative skills required to collect reliable empirical data.

One of the distinguishing features of the IB practical program is the requirement that students design a portion of the laboratory investigations themselves.  This feature enables students to move beyond the basic “cookbook” approach to laboratory exercises that are often a part of high school science programs.

In many high school labs, the answer to the question being investigated is known and the data the students generate is merely used to confirm this answer.  However when students are asked to design their own labs, they frequently devise novel approaches to the scientific problem.  Making sense of the data generated by these approaches requires both a deeper understanding of the scientific concepts involved as well as more complex analysis tools to interpret the results.

Despite the challenging nature of the work, lab days are typically the most anticipated day of the week in class.  It is great to see our students fully engaged in scientific discovery!

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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