There are four crucial ways that Australian International School ensures its students enjoy a smooth transition and find success in university. Read on to find out more.
One of the primary purposes of school is to prepare children for life beyond it in the real world. For a lot of children, this usually starts with tertiary education in either a university or college. Understanding this, Australian International School (AIS) goes the extra mile to help its students bridge the skills gap (both hard and soft skills) between school and university. In fact, some of its graduates have gone on to attend the best universities around the globe, including Ivy League institutions, the University of Cambridge, and the National University of Singapore.
The school gave us the lowdown on the four areas they focus on in order to help their students find success in university and beyond.
A strong academic foundation
AIS is known for using the Positive Education approach to ensure students’ achieve both academic success and healthy mental wellbeing. The school provides students with a holistic education with a strong focus on academic learning. Students in Year 9 follow the Cambridge IGCSE, a curriculum known for being academically rigorous and challenging. Upon reaching Year 11, students are given the choice to pursue either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the Australian Higher School Certificate (HSC). This allows students to choose the one that best suits their goals: IBDP allows students to study a broad range of subjects, while the HSC allows them to specialise in a chosen subject.
It’s also worth noting that AIS has an impressive track record when it comes to IB results. The average score for AIS’ students consistently exceeds the global average. In 2020, the school’s IB candidates achieved a 100% pass rate, with 70% of them scoring 35 and above.
A variety of co-curricular activities
Did you know that AIS has over 300 co-curricular activities (CCAs) that students can choose from? Providing students with a wide range of CCAs is part of AIS’ holistic education as this allows them to have a well balanced school life. These CCAs range from sports, intellectual, creative, social and cultural based, and more. CCAs play a vital role in nurturing a student’s interest beyond academics, as well as providing opportunities for them to bond and collaborate with the wider school community.
Personalised support in university guidance
In-person guidance is an important aspect of preparing students for university as well. AIS has a dedicated Careers and Pathways Counselling team that provides personalised support to its students from Year 9 onwards. Students can speak to the Career Counsellors in matters relating to school subject selection, application to preferred tertiary institutions, and even answering interview questions as well as writing personal statements. The school also hosts Tertiary Education Fairs so students can speak to university representatives and find out more about their preferred courses.
School environment with a global perspective
With a school community made up of students from over 50 different nationalities, AIS is definitely a culturally diverse learning environment. Learning and growing in such an environment prepares students for a diverse world beyond Year 12. The school celebrates diversity in many forms, one of it being the long-running International Cultural Experience event, where the whole school community come together to celebrate each other’s culture. This can be in the form of cultural clothing, traditional sweets and treats, as well as cultural and sports activities.
AIS helps students succeed in university and beyond
Equipping students with a strong academic foundation, crucial soft skills, and guidance go beyond helping them succeed in university, but in their future careers as well. It’s no wonder that AIS won Singapore International School of the Year in the Singapore Education Awards. Book a tour, or get in touch with AIS’ Admissions Team today to find out more about how the school can help your child achieve their full potential.
This post is in partnership with Australian International School.