Welcome to ACZS
International High School
With a mission to educate for the future, the arrival of the International High School at Ardingly College, Zhongshanmay be the most satisfying answer to our parents:
A forward-looking and personalised curriculum, world-class academic and management teams, professional university counselling, and a focus on enrichment activitiesthat will help studentsachieve both academic and non-academic success in their three short years, the International High School laysthe crucial foundation stone for children’sfuture growth as reformers and creators of modern times.
*The International High Schoolis planned toopen in September 2023.
Inheriting the educational genes of Ardingly College, UK (ACUK), the ACZS International High School provides students with the same high-quality education through a student-centred, inquiry-based teaching approach.
With the highest standards of ACUK as our cornerstone, students are offered three graduation pathways: A-Level, AP, and HKDSE, along with a highly integrated international curriculum of world standards fortified with Chinese educational philosophy, developing both into a mutually coherent and complementary programme. With ahighly enthusiastic teaching faculty, outstanding enrichment activities, personalised university and career counselling and pastoral care, ACZS International High School achieves all-round excellence, supporting each student to enter the world"s top universities based on their individual learning choices and desires.
Mission：We are committed to cultivating our students to become global citizens who possess a profound sense of Chinese culture and national identity with the ability to understand and respect other cultures, and through positive aspirations become creators of the future world.
Vision：With a global vision, strong academic support, and abundant resources, Ardingly College Zhongshan seamlessly and deliberately integrates the essence of both Chinese and Western culture and aims to build a world-class modern holistic educational program with forward thinking characteristics and outstanding academic achievement.
Personalised learning fosters a lifelong learner
Our approach to the development of students is holistic and active. We believe that by providing our students with the best academic programme, that provides opportunity to apply what has been learned to real life situations, and by cultivating participation in a broad range of co-curricular activities, the building of internal and external relationships, the sharing of experiences, the understanding of self, and by nurturing a sense of community, we will prepare our students to be Wrold Ready.
ACZS International High School shares, and is informed by, the core values of Ardingly in the UK:
We encourage everyone in the school community to challenge their limits, not limit their challenges and take risks to further their creativity and development.
We encourage everyone in the school community to offer time and help in support of those around them to move forward and grow academically and personally together in harmony.
We encourage everyone in the school community to seek out new discoveries of talents, skills, and interests by embracing new experiences, shared and individual, to learn more about the world and themselves.
We encourage everyone in the school community to investigate, analyse, and pursue the how and why to see the world through multiple perspectives and seek out best solutions to global issues.
At ACZS International High School, we will help students achieve all-round excellence through three core pillars: academic excellence, personalised excellence, and holistic excellence.
At ACZS, we aim to provide our students with the best education and preparation for life in the safest and the best environment possible. We make sure our students:
Develop fluency and literacy in English so that they can succeed in those challenging university courses
Are safe and healthy, enjoying school and developing their abilities to the utmost
Gain the opportunity to apply to the very best university courses for them
Are taught the highest quality and most relevant curriculum by innovative teachers
Extend their learning far beyond the classroom, becoming independent and capable of deep learning
Achieve their full academic potential
Are fully prepared to succeed in life beyond university
Upon successful entry into the International Pathway, students in G10 will complete a Foundation Year comprised of a broad range of courses from disciplines including science, language, humanities, performing arts, and sport alongside their core mathematics, English, and CNC courses. This robust integrated curriculum increases students" exposure to different subject areas, expands their overall educational experience, and allows them the possibility to discover new interests and hidden talents in preparation for their learning pathway selection.
In the 2nd semester of G10, students will decide their own personal learning pathway choosing from A-Level, AP, or HKDSE together with specefic courses they want to study at G11-12 alongside their core mathematics, English, and CNC courses. Whether a student plans to attend university in the UK, USA, or China, the course offerings in each pathway cover multiple disciplines, worldwide university requirements, and learners’ career needs including mathematics, science, humanities, and performing arts. This provides greater efficiency in their senior high school education because students focus on what they want to learn for their university major or career. By offering learners more control over curriculum choices, students concentrate their efforts and attention on what they want to learn, thus providing more engagement and efficiency in their study.
ACZS International High School, builds on the continuum of learning developed throughout the school by imbedding 3 key elements into curriculum design and teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom to develop the academic and personal profifile of learners.
Subject to sufficient demand,
A-Levels are offered in the following subjects:
Art & Design
Subject to sufficient demand,
AP is offered in the following subjects:
Chinese Language and Culture
Art and Design
Subject to sufficient demand,
HKDSE is offered in the following subjects:
Chinese Language (Core)
English Language (Core)
Citizenship and Social Development (Core)
Art and Design
* Language of Introduction
Beyond achieving top scores in high school there is another key element that university admission’s officers around the world look for which makes the applicant stand out among all others: Enrichment. Enrichment is a purposeful decision by students to participate in a wide range of activities that can enhance their skillset and understanding and develop positive character traits. Ardingly College, Zhongshanfocuses on 3 important aspects of enrichment which are Co-curricular Activities, Academic Activities, and Super-curricular Activities.
It is advisable for ACZS students to participate fully in academics activities; take advantage of the opportunity to pursue university major and career related co-curricular activities in school; and devote personal time and effort to exploring Super-curricular activities outside school to ensure that their university application stands out among those of their peers.
International Head of School
Master’s degree in Education
Qualified Level 1 and 2 School Inspector for British Schools Overseas(BSO)
Former Centre Principal and A Level Programme Director of Beijing National Day School, one of the four famous schools in Beijing, where he worked for 9 years
Former Deputy Head (Academic) at Charterhouse College and a core member of the school’s founding senior leadership team
21 years of deep engagement in international education
Specialising in nurturing students" passion for learning to help everyone reach their full potential
Head of Year 10 and English Teacher
Master’s degree in Education
IB Certificate in Leadership Practice
AP Certified Examiner
Edexcel/ CAIE A-Level Certified Examiner
Founding team member of Ardingly College Zhongshan
Former Academic Director and Director of Student & University Pathways Zhongshan No.1 Middle School (International Department)
We are proud of the quality of our teachers. We choose teachers very carefully, based not only on their qualifications and experience, but on their track record at achieving outstanding results and their ability to develop a strong rapport with students.
A Bachelor’s Degree in the subject you wish to teach from an accredited institution. (Essential)
Qualified teacher status or certified teaching license permitting the individual to teach in her/his country’s national education system. (Essential)
Evidence of continuous professional development. (Desirable)
A minimum of 2 years full-time teaching experience. (Essential)
Experience of teaching A-Level/AP/HKDSE in your subject. (Essential)
Evidence of outstanding teaching. (Essential)
Proven record of attaining top A-Level/AP/HKDSE results. (Essential)
Experience of subject planning and development. (Desirable)
Experience of working in an international environment. (Desirable)
Experience of preparing for and supporting students through A-Level/AP/HKDSE exam cycles. (Desirable)
Experience in using digital technology in the classroom. (Desirable)
Support & Management Structure
A well-planned and connected team management and support system will continue to empower children to personalisetheir International High School life.
At ACZS, we believe that there is no end to learning, and that includes all teachers. The school will work with a number of international platforms to provide further education programmes for all staff including training with Cambridge exam board, continuous INSET, and curriculum development researchwith educational elites from around the world to ensure that each of our teachers are at the forefront of the world"s educational workforce.
The curriculum is rigorous, and students are required to have a high level of English competency to succeed. At Ardingly College, Zhongshanspecial attention is paid to gauge each student’s English competency: programmes of different intensity are tailored to suit each student"s individual needs.
These programmes are run by a team of highly innovative English-speaking teachers to ensure their level of English fluency and literacy is adequate to handle not only A Level, AP, and HKDSE exams, but also the challenging university courses students will progress onto. Students will engage in our university preparation programmewhich fully prepares each student to apply to the world’s leading universities.
ACZS ensures that all students achieve an undergraduate level of flfluency andliteracy in English before they graduate from International High School.
All students are thoroughly assessed for their strengths and weaknesses in English.
All students are thoroughly trained in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to an undergraduate level of fluency.
The course is designed to develop complete fluency and literacy in English though we will also
support students to pass their English proficiency exam at the level required.
An Ardingly College international education provides a doorway to a life of opportunity and success. During three years in the International High School, students will engage in a range of college application and career programmes and enrichment activities to support their application to university and career choice.
Ardingly College students will apply to prestigious universities around the world; therefore, our university preparation programme for students is comprehensive. We provide specialised counselling for universities in different regions including China, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia, and we provide personalised application and interview preparation training. Most importantly, we ensure that every student receives personal university and career choice guidance and comprehensive support from the moment they enter the school through to the successful submission of their application to university.
Pastoral Care at Ardingly College, Zhongshansupports the continuous academic, personal, and social development of all its students as individuals and active members of the school and community. The school aims to create an inclusive, safe learning community where all students and staff are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of individual differences including culture, beliefs, identity, gender, appearance, and personal capability. The purpose of our Pastoral Care is to establish a caring, supportive, and safe environment, which values individuals for their unique talents and abilities, and in which all our students can learn and develop to their full potential.
Our pastoral provision is designed to meet the academic, social, counselling, boarding, safeguarding, and health needs of all students by integrating all aspects of the school experience to surround each young learner with total care. The health, safety, and well-being of every student is our number one priority.
If you are interested in our unique educationatACZS International High School, or share our philosophy, please scan the QR code below to registerfor a1-to-1 consultation!