The academic qualifications we offer are rigorous and include a variety of subject choices to cater for all interests.
In Grades 9 and 10 this provides students with the foundations they need to enter any one of the the courses offered in Grades 11 and 12.
Our Senior students benefit from following options, which are recognised at universities across the globe.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme - IBDP
- IB Careers-related Programme - IBCP
- Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
- AP Capstone Diploma
- US High School Diploma courses
- LAMDA Level 3 Qualification
We have high expectations of all our students, while offering support to ensure that students are able to achieve their full potential.
A choice of programmes, tailored to each student
In grades 9 and 10, students take eight separate courses, working toward the upper grades where students will study the International Bacalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma, High School (HS) courses or a combination of these.
These courses include Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, World Languages, English, Visual and Performing Arts, and Humanities.
Before entering grade 11, students choose the academic path they want to follow for the next two years; the IB Diploma Programme, Advanced Placement courses, High School courses or a mixture of these. All students have the opportunity to earn an ACS Hillingdon High School Diploma regardless of the academic pathway chosen.
The Global Citizen Diploma (GCD) sits across each of these academic paths, contributing to the student portfolios in the AP Capstone Diploma and the IBCP Diploma.
HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM CHOICES
IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)
Reassuringly independent and rigorous, the IBDP is a premium entrance qualification to universities around the world, recognised for its academic integrity, range, and the high level of study skills each student must develop to succeed.
IB Career-Related Programme (IBCP)
The IBCP incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a stand-out programme specifically developed for students who want greater career-related learning.
Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma
The AP Capstone helps students develop key academic skills useful in college and beyond as they become more self-confident, independent thinkers and problem solvers.
High School Programme Guide ACS Hillingdon
Global Citizen Diploma
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is essential to identify opportunities for student engagement and action beyond the traditional curriculum. Inspiring individual pathways for global awareness and encouraging students to think beyond their immediate context gives authenticity to their learning.
The Global Citizen Diploma is an additional high school credential, which is earned alongside and complements the IBDP, IBCP, AP Capstone or the ACS High School diplomas. Through the GCD, students identify and validate the range of learning they have done, creating a platform for publication of these achievements with an audience beyond their immediate context. The various elements of the GCD encourage students to move outside of their comfort zones and foster a sense of self-awareness and self-directedness in relation to their experiences locally and globally. Ultimately, the learning journeys that students capture through the GCD demonstrate authentic engagement and action, and celebrate personal growth and change. By identifying their passions, each student who earns the GCD becomes more inclined to act in an ethical and responsible way as a global citizen.
ACS Hillingdon will introduce the Diploma from August 2020 in grades 9 and 10.
Private Music Tuition
In grades 9 and 10 there is an opportunity to take private music lessons on campus. The programme is available to students for violin, viola, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, bass guitar, guitar, drums, voice and piano. The private music lessons are 30 minutes long and take place during regular classes on a rotating basis.
Outreach and Service Opportunities
At ACS, our core values state we will “engage in community” and “drive positive change”. In keeping with these values, we run faculty-led service projects to enhance a student’s community awareness and sense of responsibility towards others.
During the year, students take trips, learn about a global issue linked to our curriculum, and create a community service action plan.
All students in the high school are encouraged to participate in an activity that inspires them to give back to the community. Students document their participation and reflections and participate in programmes that are both local to the Greater London area and international in nature.
More subjects to explore
As the arts are a crucial part of school life, we make sure our students are exposed to the widest range of participation opportunities.
Music & Performing Arts
ACS Hillingdon offer a wide range of opportunities for the whole community to engage in music and the performing arts. A new partnership with one of the oldest drama schools in the UK, London Academy of Music and Dramati
At ACS Hillingdon, with over 40 clubs and 60 sports teams, there are no shortage of opportunities to get involved. We are lucky to have 14 acres of sports fields so close to London; something our parents and students really appreciate.