The Mastery Stage (MS) is a four-year stage. With rigorous training leading to this stage, students are expected to show the ability to consolidate and integrate what they have learned and make preparations for competitive university entrance examinations.
Concurrently, they have plenty opportunities to further develop their leadership skills in becoming executive members in clubs, societies or the student union. In the first two years of this stage, students will follow an integrated curriculum which bears the main overlapping features of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) curricula. In the last two years, some students will follow the HKDSE curriculum with the aim to fulfil the matriculation requirements for entering the local universities in Hong Kong. Others will enroll in the highly esteemed IB Diploma Programme and prepare to participate in the IBDP examination. Students with outstanding results in these public examinations will enter local or overseas universities of their choices.
i) HKDSE Programme
Students following the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) curriculum will be required to study four core subjects (English Language, Chinese Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies) plus two to three electives from a great variety of subject choices including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography, Information and Communication Technology, Music, Visual Arts, History, Chinese History, Chinese Literature, Literature in English, Business, Accounting and Financial Studies as well as the Extended Modules of Mathematics.
The Academy believes in all-rounded education and has always been encouraging students to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities so that they can learn beyond classroom settings and after formal school hours.
Apart from being an integral part of our school life, these activities will also contribute to the requirement of the “Other Learning Experiences” (OLE) in the HKDSE curriculum.
Internal continuous assessment strategies have been employed in the earlier stages of our curriculum as diagnostic tools to assess students’ academic performance. The experiences and skills acquire are invaluable in fulfilling the requirement of “School Based Assessment” (SBA) in the HKDSE curriculum.
ii) IB Diploma Programme
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is the alternative curriculum of senior secondary education offered by Logos. It complies with the requirements of International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a recognized international diploma examination well acclaimed by local and overseas universities, including prestigious ones.
The IBDP curriculum contains six subject groups together with the “Core”, namely, the Extended Essay (EE); Theory of Knowledge (TOK); and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS). The six subject groups are:
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Group 2: Language Acquisition
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Group 4: Sciences
Group 5: Mathematics
Group 6: The Arts
To receive all-rounded education, students need to select one subject from each Group in principle (alternatively, an additional Group 3 or Group 4 subject may be chosen instead of selecting a Group 6 subject). In Logos, all students will study Chinese in Group 1, English in Group 2, and Mathematics in Group 5. Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics are offered as Sciences in Group 4. Group 3 subjects include Economics, Geography, Psychology as well as History. Music and Visual Arts are offered in Group 6. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects at standard level (150 teaching hours).
The core of the IBDP curriculum comprises CAS, EE and TOK. CAS requires students to initiate numerous projects and act. EE requires students to have an in-depth academic study in one subject, supervised by a teacher specialized in that area, of their academic interests.
TOK requires students to appreciate the richness and interconnection of knowledge in different disciplines through a lot of questions and reflections. Subjects from the six groups contain both External Assessment and Internal Assessment of various weighting. Students are required to write a lot of essays and express ideas in English. Good time management is a key to success.
The learning and teaching approaches in the IB programme in Logos Academy follow closely the missions stipulated by the IBO. Students in the IB stream strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. The IBDP encourages students to ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate and understand people from other countries and cultures.