OECIS prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning
OECIS, designed for 7 to 19 year olds, is unique because of its academic and personal rigour, challenging students to excel in their studies and personal growth. We offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected and in which students strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. We try every possible means to inspire students’ quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy, aiming to help them develop into well-rounded adults with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations. We also help students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success within global contexts.
IB Primary Years Program (PYP)
Our PYP is designed for students aged 7 to 12 with focus on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subjects areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry. The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of our national curriculum and provides the best preparation for students to engage in their studies in IB MYP.
PYP is unique as it
addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being;
encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning;
supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it;
helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.
PYP subject areas include:
personal, social and physical education
The most outstanding features of PYP are the six transdisciplinary themes, namely
Who we are: Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
Where we are in place and time: Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
How we express ourselves: Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
How the world works: Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
How we organize ourselves: Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
Sharing the planet: Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
PYP offers student-centered learning with the provision of an ideal foundation for children to become successful, lifelong learners by developing their:
social and emotional well-being;
independence, as they take responsibility for their own learning;
understanding of the world and their ability to function effectively within it;
attitudes and dispositions for learning;
ability to take mindful, appropriate and sustainable student-initiated action;
language skills: all students study an additional language from 7 years of age.
The Exhibition——an important part of the PYP for all students
In the final year of the Program, students undertake a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. As the culminating experience of the PYP, the Exhibition offers students an exciting opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning. During their preparation for the Exhibition, young learners conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues or challenges, and present their research, investigation and resulting action to the whole school community.
The Middle Years Program (MYP)
The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. MYP is flexible enough to accommodate our national requirements. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in PYP and prepares students to meet future academic challenges, including the IB Diploma Program (DP).
MYP aims to:
provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future;
ensure breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups;
require the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others;
empower students to participate in service within the community.
MYP comprises eight subject groups:
Language and literature.
Individuals and societies.
Physical and health education.
Our approaches to teaching and learning
Teaching and learning in the MYP is underpinned by the following concepts:
▷Teaching and learning in context: Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:
identities and relationships;
personal and cultural expression;
orientations in space and time;
scientific and technical innovation;
fairness and development;
globalization and sustainability.
▷Conceptual understanding: Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically. The MYP prescribes sixteen key interdisciplinary concepts along with related concepts for each discipline.
▷Approaches to learning: A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning (ATL) provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these social, thinking, research, communication and self management skills helps students learn how to learn.
▷Service as action, through community service: Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
The MYP fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are growing up into global leaders.
The Diploma Program (DP)
DP is a two-year international education Program that prepares students aged between 16–19 years for success going into, and throughout, university. The DP offers a holistic approach to teaching and learning with a keen focus on developing intercultural awareness. Students learn to explore and understand the world around them through inquiry, critical thinking and open-mindedness.
DP offers to students:
a challenging academic curriculum that serves as outstanding preparation for university and higher education;
a student-centered approach to teaching, focused on developing students intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially, as opposed to preparation for test-taking only;
a focus on international-mindedness, compassion, and understanding intercultural differences;
respected, reliable and world-renowned academic preparation;
What's unique about the DP curriculum?
DP students complete courses from six subject groups, ensuring a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding. By engaging with a range of subjects, they experience a comprehensive education that encourages them to link their learning to form a more useful way to apply what they've learned. The study of an additional language is also required, as well as the completion of a compulsory Program core consisting of three components:
Theory of knowledge (TOK) challenges students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know.
The Extended essay introduces students to the demands and rewards of independent work prior to entering university, requiring them to produce a self-directed piece of research in an area of personal interest
Creativity, activity and service (CAS) is an experiential learning component where students engage with a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including community service and athletic options.
The six subject groups of DP include:
Studies in language and literature---OECIS offers Language A Literature HL & SL(in Chinese, English and Korea).
Language acquisition---OECIS offers Language B HL, SL and ab intio(English, Chinese and Korea).
Individuals and societies---OECIS offers Business Management Hl & SL, Economics HL & SL (English).
Sciences---OECIS offers physics, chemistry and biology HL & SL(English).
Mathematics---OECIS offers Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches, and Applications and Interpretation, HL and SL (English).
The arts---OECIS offers Visual Arts (English).
语言习得——OECIS提供语言B HL、SL和ab intio课程（英语、汉语和韩语）
Choosing subjects in the Diploma Program
Students choose one course from each of the above-mentioned subject groups and they may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or language course, instead of a course in the arts.
Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.
Assessment and Exams
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the DP courses. DP assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills in fulfilling these goals, for example:
analyzing and presenting information;
evaluating and constructing arguments;
solving problems creatively.
Basic skills are also assessed, including:
understanding key concepts;
applying standard methods.
Student results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student's position in the overall rank order, through a systematic external and internal assessment.
Developing students in the DP
The DP is an academically challenging and balanced Program of education. It addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and is respected by universities across the globe.
Each of the IB’s Programs, namely, PYP, MYP and DP, is committed to the development of students according to the attributes shown in the IB learner profile.