School-Based Gifted Education (SBGE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

ACS (Independent) has been offering the gifted education programme since 1988 when it became the third secondary GEP centre.

The School Based Gifted Programme (SBGE) for Years 1 – 4 allows for differentiation and enrichment of the curriculum. Class lessons are characterised by enrichment options and offer greater breadth and depth in terms of content coverage. Students are encouraged to explore more advanced topics across different disciplines.

ACS (Independent)’s SBGE is embedded within the Integrated Programme and the SBGE students are placed in classes with students who have similar academic abilities. They also have teachers who have been specially trained to teach high ability students.

SBGE students enjoy the Edusave Entrance Scholarship for Independent Schools (EESIS).

 

Programmes

ACS (Independent)’s SBGE is embedded within the Integrated Programme and SBGE students are placed in classes with other similar academic ability students.  School and class activities, including CCA, VIA projects and out-of-classroom activities, provide opportunities for social integration and holistic character development.

The school offers various enrichment programmes designed to stretch and develop GEP students and high ability learners. These include:

  1. Accelerated Class for Science (ACS) – a class established for Year 3 & 4 students who demonstrate high aptitude and interest in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The content taught goes beyond the normal IP syllabus.
  1. Advanced Science Programme (ASP) for Year 5 students who demonstrate high aptitude and interest in Physics and Chemistry to learn beyond the Higher Level syllabuses of IBDP.
  1. Humanities Scholarship Programme – an MOE programme for the Year 5 & 6 students who demonstrate high scholastic aptitude in the Humanities. These students are selected by MOE for the scholarship.
  1. GEP Enrichment Camp – an annual event organised at the beginning of Term 2 to provide GEP and high ability students “out of classroom” learning activities. Past enrichment camps have embarked on themes relating to the environment, our heritage and character development.
  1. IP Symposium – an annual event organised in Term 3 to provide all IP students learning activities ranging from service learning to environmental conservation to having some experience at the International United Nations Model Conference and Moot Parliament.
  1. Individualised Study Options (ISO) with various school-based mentorship programmes such as the School-Based Science Mentorship Programme (SBSMP), Business at School, and Environmental Programme (EnvP).

In keeping with the school vision and values, all students work together as a class in community service projects where they visit the homes together and annually embark on two fund-raising activities for the President’s Challenge and for the overseas community service.

Annually, all students embark on the Overseas Enrichment Programme (OEP) in Years 2 and 3, and the Character Development Programme (CDP) in Year 4. These programmes offer opportunities for students to develop teamwork and friendships. In addition, students will embark on at least one service learning project in OEP or CDP They reflect on their impact on the community as catalysts of change and how they can better serve humanity while they are participating in the OEP or CDP.

 

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