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 programs 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. 

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.


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.

DEBATE LEVEL 1 (ages 11-12)

Students will be comfortable discussing their point of view in a controversial issue that is relevant to their lives. By learning the basics of argumentation, rebuttal and debate structure, students will present their arguments in a way that both engages and convinces the adjudicator and audience. They will learn by practicing and discussion with their classmates on issues such as the use of electronics in schools or whether student councils should be elected or chosen by teachers.

DEBATE LEVEL 2 (ages 13-14)

Students will broaden their world view and present arguments that they might not personally believe in, but would be able to 'sell' to an audience. By using enhanced skills of rhetoric and advocacy, students will learn the art of truly persuasive speaking while working in a team unit. These skills will prepare them to join and be successful in tournaments with their school teams or in open tournaments. 

DEBATE LEVEL 3 (age 15+)

Students will learn and discuss advanced topics that are completely removed from their personal lives. From discussing how American elections may affect the drug trade in Latin America to considering the micro effects of a great shock such as Brexit, this class is for the elite student that wishes to have an informed opinion on global affairs as well as be able to consider ramifications of policies. The course will be unique in that the debates will be on issues that are currently going on in the world, which will force the students to be well read - and in turn, make them well spoken. 

Students who have exemplary performance in the debate course will be selected to form the "ARCH Debate Team". The team will participate in debate tournaments in Hong Kong and overseas, such as The Kyushu Cup in Fukuoka, The Thailand Debate Open in Bangkok and The Debate Open in Hong Kong*.

*This is not an exhaustive nor guaranteed list as tournaments may change from year to year.


Fall Term 2018 Term Schedule Duration

Public Speaking: 

From Sep 07 to Dec 18


From Sep 08 to Dec 15

Public Speaking:15 lessons
1 lesson per week

Debate:11 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 6 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 6 to Dec 19 15 lessons
1 lesson per week

1.5 to 2 hours per lesson
(dependent on level)

"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. "
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.  "
(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. "
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. "
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.  "
(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. "
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. "
DGS, Year 9, Debate
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