Enrichment Programs

Hone your skills and enhance your knowledge!

ARCH offers an array of enrichment programs to enhance students’ ability to THINK, SPEAK, READ & WRITE.

Our exciting and engaging courses are created by talented, experienced educators in-house and all our programmes are delivered by qualified teachers from top US and UK universities, including Ivy League and Oxbridge graduates. Come and dive in to a love of learning at ARCH. 

The Programs

Socrates is our flagship program which aims to instill key transferrable skills in students who wish to excel in the IB, as well as those looking to transition from local to international and boarding schools. 

The program enhances students’ critical, lateral and thought structuring skills; as well as developing a full range of learning modalities including research, synthesis and presentation skills. Top schools, universities and employers are looking for worldly individuals who can reference information and develop their own ideas when faced with open-ended challenges. Through engaging in discussions, debates, and task simulations, Socrates gives students the skills and the confidence to tackle such challenges in a holistic and creative way.  Contents include current affairs exposure and a critical understanding of everyday phenomena. 

FOUNDATION (ages 9-10) 
Are you choosing your hobbies or are they choosing you? Pull back the clever veil of branding and explore the controversies of various video games, sports, toys and their advertising campaigns.
Course Projects Include: Create and pitch your own advertising campaign for a product or hobby of your choice!

 

JUNIOR (ages11-12)
Open both your eyes and minds with ARCH as we delve deep into everyday controversies. Create and justify arguments about issues like representations of women in the media, clothing and education.
Course Projects Include: Pick a controversy and justify your point of view! Convince us with your views on how the world should change. 

 

INTERMEDIATE (ages 13-14)
East and West! How does one affect the other? Travel with us as we move through China, Russia and the Middle East. From the One Child Policy to weapons trading, we’ll be sure to have your attention. 
Course Projects Include: Relate the Unrelated! Challenge yourself to connect the dots between historical events and trending themes today.

ADVANCED (ages 15+)
Arm yourself with critical thinking skills and unravel a range of crises facing our world today. From the Brexit vote to censorship, corruption and inequality across the world; how do these global issues affect you day-to-day?
Course Projects Include: MUN! Take an issue, pick a country and construct your best argument to impress at our MUN session.

 

*Socrates Programs are not available for this term. Please stay tuned for latest update.

Public Speaking and Debate Programs focus on improving students’ communication skills at different levels. 

PUBLIC SPEAKING LEVEL 1 (ages 9-10)
In Public Speaking level 1, students will crawl under the skin of a character. By learning the basics of posture, volume, fluency, students will present interactively and engage the audience. They will improve their skills by presenting a monologue, followed by a personal story.

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING LEVEL 2 (ages 11-12)
In Public Speaking level 2, students will become broadcasters. In the first unit, they will create a news broadcast and present news items and informative stories. Then, students will make an infomercial trying to persuade the audience to buy a product. In the process, they will learn the basics of posture, volume and tone.

 

Fall Term 2018 Term Schedule Duration
From Sep 07 to Dec 18 15 lessons
1 lesson per week

1.5 to 2 hours per lesson
(dependent on level)

Our Critical Reading program guides students to develop stronger transferable skills in analysing literary texts. Perfect for all who wish to develop and build on a love of literature whilst strengthening their skills of analysis!

FOUNDATION (ages 7-8)
Students will join in the fun and engage with classic fiction such as “The Adventures of Pinocchio” and “Beauty & the Beast”. They will explore themes and morals while strengthening their vocabulary base and comprehension skills.
JUNIOR (ages 9-10)
 
Wander into the countryside through an exploration of the novels “Wuthering Heights” and “A Long Way from Chicago”. Students will expand their vocabulary base through reading whilst producing critical and creative responses to these renowned novellas.
INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)
 
Step into survival mode and find hidden critical skills of text exploration! In this course students will discuss, intepret and analyse the enthralling themes of Survival and Growth through reading “Hatchet” and “A Single Shard”. 

ADVANCED (ages 13+)

Intimate friendships, invaluable life lessons and self-defining moments: coming of age novels are the key to understanding other cultures and perspectives. Students will be immersed in the literary style of Bildungsroman through “The House on Mango Street” and “The Kite Rider”. 

 

Fall Term 2018 Term Schedule Duration
From Sep 06 to Dec 18 15 lessons
1 lesson per week

1.5 to 2 hours per lesson
(dependent on level)

Our Writing program guides students to develop varied writing styles and greater fluidity in their use of language. 

Students are exposed to a range of writing genres, including descriptive, narrative and expository. These are explored through text analysis and in-class practice. Submodules focus on key skills required for the different writing tasks, and build on previous work to ensure students’ progress. Proofreading and editing activities are incorporated to help students internalise their learning while building essential strategies for correcting mistakes and improving their own writing. 

FOUNDATION (ages 7-8)

Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel – What are their hidden morals? This class aims to provide an understanding of narrative and descriptive writing through the form of fairy tales. Students will also be exposed to an array of literary skills and devices.

JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

Now is the perfect time to reconnect with nature, so join us as students will be exposed to personal narrative and expository writing while exploring the plethora of stunning national parks all over the world.

INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

Glue readers to their seats this term by producing an essay to rival any other using the skills of comparison. Students will do more than putting pen to paper as they create an original narrative with action, suspense and impact!

ADVANCED (ages 13+)

Emerge as a confident and expressive writer through the study of personal narratives and persuasive writing. Students will hone their use of diction, syntax, motifs and imagery, giving them the edge in both style and accuracy of the written word. 

 

Fall Term 2018 Term Schedule Duration
From Sep 06 to Dec 19 15 lessons
1 lesson per week

1.5 to 2 hours per lesson
(dependent on level)

MINICAMP @ ARCH

MiniCamp will provide a week of intensive enrichment experiences for students to learn about interesting and unique subjects that are not readily offered in Hong Kong. Using American designed curriculum, students will engage in stimulating and creative classes to apply real world applications such as STEM projects, demonstrating the perfect illustration of STEM education brought to life. 

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US BOARDING SCHOOL ESSAY WORKSHOP

Applying to boarding school in the United States? Do you want to WOW the admissions committee? Come ready to get a workout as we coach you through the steps of actively brainstorming essay topics, conducting writing sprints, and knocking out some bad grammar habits.Through the process of critique, students will be exposed to successful essays from the beginning stages of brainstorm to final submission. By the end of the camp, students will come away with a compelling draft of a personal statement essay and feel fit with their writing skills. We will complete the workshop with a session for parents and students by our Director of Boarding School Consultation to help parents and students better understand the application process. Group instruction will be utilized. Students are required to bring their own laptop computer.

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UK APTITUDE TEST PREP | MMI & INTERVIEW SKILLS WORKSHOP

Applying to UK universities for 2019 entry? Looking for aptitude test and interview preparation?

Our global admissions guidance team has helped students prepare for the increasingly competitive admissions process, while our students received offers and scholarships from their dream schools! Get top tips from our expert consultants on how to prepare for the tests now! The workshops will cover key exam techniques to tackle common question types! 

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PRIVATE TUTORING LESSONS SPECIAL OFFER

For the lessons scheduled for June to August 2018, you will receive an instant discount of up to HK$4,000! Wish to boost up your academic performance during the summer break? We are delighted to offer you a special deal on our private lessons! Sign up for private lessons with our experienced tutors now before their available slots are taken! 

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"This is not only 'thinking outside the box' but also making relationships between events, elaboration and judgemental skills.These skills will not only help with my studies but with the rest of my life! These topics are surely not taught at school. "
Alison
CIS, Year 11, Socrates
"I learned a lot of different kinds of writing and lots of techniques that I haven't developed before. The course is awesome! I liked learning with friends and the teacher was very confident and nice. I loved being in this lovely environment.  "
Joseph
(Writing Junior)
"I have developed how to read between the lines, infering hidden messages or themes and voicing out opinions and thoughts. I enjoyed discussing the books with my classmates. "
Serena
SPCC, Form 3, Critical Reading
"I have learnt about how to organize my writing and mostly about precision. My vocabulary choice improved a lot after this course. I enjoy writing essays and hearing what other classmates have to say about my essay. "
Jennifer
CIS, Year 8, Writing
"I like how we were given quizes in between the modules to see if we truly knew the meaning. I learned how to write feature articles, blogs and literary pieces and I also learnt more about writing personal statements and the differences and aspects between the US and UK applications.  "
Rahul
(Writing Advanced)
"In secondary school, there will be liberal studies and the Socrates Program has helped me to think. It has aroused my interest in debates and helped me improve my rebuttal skills. "
Charlotte
DGS, Primary 6, Socrates
"I enjoyed the short free time during the teacher’s judging, because we continued to arguing with each other even when the debate was over. We learnt about a lot of court etiquettes and how to crack the oppositions’ case. "
Stephanie
DGS, Year 9, Debate
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