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.

Public Speaking and Mock Trial programs focus on improving students’ communication skills at different levels. 

PUBLIC SPEAKING LEVEL 1 (ages 9-10)
Turn your nervousness into confidence with ARCH’s Public Speaking Level 1!  Students will explore how to write powerful speeches and present them with assurance. After this course, you will have no problem at the head of the class!

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING LEVEL 2 (ages 11-12)
Are you ready to fine tune your speech skills?  In Public Speaking Level 2 course, students will become a oratorical pro!  By studying rhetoric, linguistic techniques, and different speech types, your next speech will be lifted to the next level!

DEBATING LEVEL 1 (ages 11-15)

Are you ready to learn the art of debate or argument? In ARCH’s Debating Level 1 course, students are introduced to the wonderful world of argumentation. This course has been proven to help students become more articulate, while building confidence in their reasoning. This summer, roll up your sleeves and let the debating begin!

DEBATING LEVEL 2 (ages 13-17)

In Debating Level 2, students learn the basic rules and strategies of debate, giving them the foundation and training they need to compete at the highest level.  Be prepared to analyse, critique, and persuade your opponents in this fun yet challenging course!

Summer Term Term Schedule Duration
From Jun 18 to Aug 24  10 lessons
5 lessons 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)
Race to the finish line in Critical Reading Foundation class this summer as we read “Cliffhanger”. Join us to find out if Tim, hopeless at sport, can survive the adventure camp and all the new challenges he faces.
 
JUNIOR (ages 9-10)
 
Do you want to be the champion of the world? Join us in Critical Reading Junior this summer, where we will read “Danny the Champion of the World” by Roald Dahl and find out if Danny can outsmart mean Mr. Hazel.
 
INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)
 
Imagine floating through space on an asteroid, or exploring the universe with a variety of strange friends. The Critical Reading Intermediate class do this while reading “The Little Prince”.  It will be an adventure not easily forgotten.
 
 

ADVANCED (ages 13+)

Are you interested in culture, law, and justice?  In the Critical Reading Advanced summer class, we will read the classic “To Kill a Mocking Bird” while exploring these themes. It is sure to be a fascinating look into a different time and place.

Summer Term Term Schedule Duration
From Jun 18 to Aug 24 10 lessons
5 lessons 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)

It is summer so it’s time to go on vacation! But where do you dream of going? In Writing Foundation, students will design their own holiday resorts through Descriptive Writing and use impressive, exciting words to design the facilities, décor and activities! What are you waiting for? 

JUNIOR (ages 9-10)

What were the first stories ever to be told? Tell a tale of two cities in your own historical guide! Join us in Writing Junior and explore both Narrative and Expository Writing. Become a better editor and use themes, originality and flair to create your very own writing style. 

INTERMEDIATE (ages 11-12)

What is your dream summer vacation?  In this course, you’ll use Descriptive and Persuasive Writing to design the perfect getaway, and convince your friends it’s a paradise for all. Then, turn this setting into a Narrative poem that will make Shakespeare want to travel!

ADVANCED (ages 13+)

The Advanced Writing Summer Course will focus on developing Narrative and Persuasive Writing. Students will be able to analyze and develop their short story over one week.  The other week, students will learn the fundamentals of a strong persuasive essay.

Summer Term Term Schedule Duration
From Jun 18 to Aug 24 10 lessons
5 lessons 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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