Student government offers opportunities for student engagement while building character, augmenting leadership skills and creating positive change.
As part of the educational travel program, high school students have a wide variety of opportunities to choose from that expose them to culture, service and adventure.
Forward planning is necessary to complete a successful high school program at Concordia. Students should keep this in mind when choosing courses and planning their schedules to ensure they are meeting all the requirements for graduation.The handbook for students and parents provides a comprehensive look at the high school program, from homework to communication methods and child protection policies. The daily schedule and high school map can be found in the student planner.
The high school program has several applied learning courses that allow students to find a topic they love, go deep and make learning personal. In these courses students further develop their academic personality. Applied learning is inherent in virtually all areas of the curriculum, from science to visual arts. Additionally, students find opportunities to apply learning outside the classroom through educational travel and co-curricular activities.
During the last two weeks of school, G9 and G10 students experience a unique educational program known as X-Plorations. Choosing from extensive offerings, students partner with teachers to pursue their passion or explore new interests. X-Plorations is a sort of curriculum incubator from which current course such as Big Data Analytics, Aerospace Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship.
We are proud to offer an internship program each year as a part of Grade 11 curriculum. Working side-by-side with practicing professionals provides each student a unique opportunity to integrate theory with practical learning. During their internship, students will confront challenges and issues similar to those that they will eventually encounter and have the chance to put their classroom learning to the test.
Each spring, we are proud to host the World University Fair, which invites around 150 higher education institutions to our campus. This is an excellent opportunity to gather information about various universities from around the world and ask questions that will determine how well they match your educational goals. The fair is open to non-Concordia students, and no registration is required.
This event has students vying for internships through face-to-face interviews with reps from multinational companies and organizations. Students receive feedback from their interviewers, which provides valuable insight for future job interviews.
College guidance at Concordia provides a personalized, student-centered program that informs and supports both students and parents.
Concordia has the exciting opportunity to pilot a Character Skills Assessment (CSA)-a pioneering tool in school admissions. Students can opt to take a 30-minute questionnaire (no individual results will be seen by students, teachers, admissions staff, and other school employees). By taking the questionnaire, students gain experience answering the type of questions often used by employers and other institutions to gain a better understanding of potential candidates. Students will receive an email to get the link to take the questionnaire. As an added incentive, if 80% of High School students take the questionnaire, the HS will get a free dress day. We hope everyone participates. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Evelyn Chaveriat, Concordia's Director of Admissions.
CISSMUN is a 3-day Model United Nations conference, one of the largest in Asia, that is hosted at Concordia International School Shanghai. This year the conference was held from January 20th to January 22nd with around 1000 participants, over 50 schools, and the theme "Responsibility to Protect". Over these three days, delegates from all over the world gathered to discuss, deliberate, and formulate policies and resolutions for topics ranging from the militarization of outer space to the spread of the Zika virus. This year's conference was the biggest one yet and a huge success, with fruitful debate in every committee and a variety of charity fundraisers for various global issues as well as local sustainability projects.
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and came out to see our auditioned talent show, "Concordia Cabaret" on Friday, February 10. Thank you to our 12 acts who performed superbly! Ticket sales exceeded our expectations and we raised RMB 7053 for Granny Han's Special Education School Brass Band in Xuzhou, China. The Brass Band will use the money to repair old and purchase new band uniforms. Thank you to our officers for their excellent planning, execution and hard work:
Kate Kim, President
Sophie Ideker, Vice President
Katrina Stellick, Secretary
Dakota Ma, Treasurer
And thank you to our 35 members for all their efforts to make this a wonderful event! Granny Han's students will be so pleased to receive repaired and new uniforms!
Nine Concordia High School singers will be traveling to Abu Dhabi, UAE, to perform on the AMIS High School Honor Choir Festival hosted by the American Community School of Abu Dhabi. The singers are:
Sopranos: Jane Fang, Irim Jeon, Sunny Park
Altos: Vanessa Aldstadt, Nicole Leung, Leanna Tang
Tenors: Elijah Burin, Justus Hsu, Marley Lagares
Over 200 singers from around the world have been selected by audition to perform in one of three choirs:
Mixed Choir = 100 singers
Women's Choir = 60 singers
Men's Choir = 40 singers
Our Concordia Singers will be part of the Mixed Choir, singing under the baton of Mr. David Squire of the New Zealand Youth Choir (Wellington).
Concordia HS Choir Concert
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7pm in the Rittmann Theatre
Our high school singers will be presenting a concert full of Gospel music on Tuesday, February 28. Our four curricular choirs: Concordia Singers, Collegium, Bel Canto and Chamber Singers will join together to sing Robert Ray's "Gospel Mass" and Keith Hampton's "Praise His Holy Name". The singers will be accompanied by Ms. Yifan Shi, piano; Nick Law, bass guitar and Jarita Chen, drum set.
Our before school choirs: Women's Ensemble and Men's Ensemble, will also be performing some great gospel charts. They will be accompanied by Mrs. Mary Nurre on piano.All are welcome. No ticket needed. Open seating.
On Feb 11th and 12th, Concordia took two teams of high school students to the World Scholars Cup in Suzhou. Our students competed against approximately 60 high school students from schools around Shanghai and performed very well. Our two teams captured 5th and 1st overall and swept every team 1st place trophy available (Bowl, Writing, Debate, and Challenge). We had 4 students finish in the top ten individually, including 4th, 3rd, and 1st place over all. Good job Concordia! If you are interested in information about the upcoming World Scholar's Cup competition in Shanghai on April 22nd and 23rd, please contact Mr. Richmond in the high school. Information is also available on http://www.scholarscup.org/.
Mr. Johnston has organized a number of student volunteers from Student Media Services (SMS) to work on a documentary film project in Kuliang. Kuliang is a town near Fuzhou in Fujian province with an interesting history. It is an international summer settlement which brought together Chinese and American/European families and cultures more than a century ago in a spirit of peace and friendship.
Students Kevin Jin, Charlie Kong, Nick Ho, Emily Huang and Anna Wei returned from the first trip to Kuliang just prior to the Chinese New Year. Mr. Johnston wrote "It was a truly wonderful experience. We received a very warm welcome from residents in the neighborhoods we explored and the leaders of the local government were very grateful for our efforts." Mr. Johnston's students are doing this project to produce a number of short documentary films about the primary families and select historic sites in Kuliang. The objective is to help to transform this historic location into a living museum, by producing and suggesting a number of possible ways for educational media to be integrated into the locations and shown in the already very successful tourist visitors center in Kuliang.
Students Aron Teh, Grace Wei and Hunter David, along with teacher Peter Tong from the Big Data Analytics class of 2016-2017 presented at the 4th International Big Data and Analytics Educational Conference, University of Derby, UK in January 2017. Their topics were Beyond the Elo System: Predicting the Result of a Chess Game using Watson Analytics, Big Data Analytics for Middle School, Flight Delays for Detroit Metro Airport using Watson Analytics and Evolving Big Data Analytics in the K-12 Education respectively. This is the third consecutive year Concordia students are presenting at theinternational Big Data Edcon conference. Well done Concordia!