Welcome to High School
OCAC Suzhou High School began in August 2020 as a result of dividing the secondary into two divisions, Middle and High School. Our High School Division is comprised of Grades 10, 11 and 12.
The Grade 10 programme is an in-house designed hybrid curriculum which follows the MYP assessment framework and prepares the students for the IBDP. Grades 11 and 12 follow the IB Diploma Programme, which has been authorized since 2018 and will see its first graduating cohort in the summer of 2021.
Pastoral care and student safe guarding is an important feature of student life in high school. To promote well-being and a balanced lifestyle, we offer an after-school Enrichment programme led by students, teachers, and outside providers, as well as a full athletics programme.
Being a young, new division, we will continue to reflect on our programme and plan for improvements and opportunities for our students to thrive and succeed in their educational journey both here in Suzhou and beyond.
Arriving in August of 2018 I worked with a new secondary team to establish a solid foundation of academic rigor that meets the demands of the local education authority (CNC) and the IB Middle Years Programme & Diploma Programme. Our strong curriculum content is enriched by providing students with experiential learning opportunities within a dual-language environment and supported by a strong pastoral team that addresses student and staff well-being. I enjoy and look forward to working with a team of local and international educators who are very keen on “building” a high-quality school that aspires to be a model of Chinese International education both in Suzhou and greater China.
Over my three years at OCAC Suzhou, the school has experienced rapid growth. Throughout the growth, we, as a community, have been working hard to support our growing student numbers. This year has been exciting for me because it is the final year of our first Diploma Programme cohort. As a community, we are multi-cultural, respectful, and international-minded.
I am also teaching the core course of Diploma Programme, Theory of Knowledge. I look forward to the years ahead, and hope to see you in our campus.
I started with OCAC in March 2020 and I look forward to seeing everyone in our dynamic community. I would love to see our DP students graduate and develop into life-long learners and international-minded citizens of the world as they bring the IB Learner Profile and OCAC values wherever they may be.
The homeroom teachers track students’ academic progress and physical, social and emotional wellbeing closely to provide guidance and encouragement. Also, the homeroom teachers maintain high levels of contact and communication with the parents of our students. In this way, parents have been working closely with us and actively involved in supporting their children’s academic and personal development. In the meantime, the high school psychological counselor has been assisting the homeroom teachers in every way possible to support the students all the way through every aspect of their school life.
Our high school advisory program is an essential part of the pastoral care It is an 80-minute session that takes place every other week. The IB Learner Profiles and ATL have been incorporated into each advisory session, where students get to deepen their understanding as IB learners and develop skills to become more independent and principled lifelong learners.