ICHK will this year unveil a new curriculum strand, as we proudly push forward the boundaries of assessment.
From August we will be offering senior students the opportunity to attain the ICHK Mastery Transcript, developed and structured to meet the provisions of the Mastery Transcript Consortium.
The Mastery Transcript, offered as an additional qualification to the IB Diploma, features no grades, is not standardised, and yet can be processed by the best university admissions officers within two minutes.
The aim is to value and recognise graduating students for all their attributes, capabilities, passions, achievements, and interests, not just for their academic abilities.
Backed by the Mastery Transcript Consortium, it brings together like minded schools and universities from around the world in seeking a meaningful alternative to standardised testing.
ICHK will be one of a growing number of schools globally which are gearing up to offer this qualification, and, to our knowledge, the first school in Hong Kong.
Our intention is that all our current Year 9 students will have the opportunity to attain a Mastery Transcript alongside their diploma by the time they leave us in 2023.
The genesis of this qualification marks a significant point in the development of ICHK, as we openly and honestly search for better ways to help young people learn and attain their ambitions and aspirations.
It is the culmination of an approach that we have been developing and refining for a number of years, through our innovations to timetable, curriculum and pedagogy. These include Free Learning, Human Technologies, Deep Learning and outdoor learning, all of which serve to offer our students more choice, more flexibility, different work practices and more opportunities to develop skills and attributes which are not addressed by examinations.
The journey towards Mastery will begin in Years 10 and 11, when students will be offered opportunities to become a ‘journeyman’, through engagement with projects, activities, internships, and other learning experiences.
Successful completion will result in credits, which will be mapped across three domains: Ideas, Actions and People. All of these are encompassed within a Values framework.
Credit-worthy engagements could include leadership activities, work experience, project management, teamwork initiatives, public speaking, class work, service to others, and other examples of learning which demonstrate the skills and attributes needed to lead a successful life.
In Years 12 and 13, students will build on this work to the point where they become Masters and credits can be awarded for substantial, self-directed, verifiable achievements. A combination of credits from one or more of the domains will qualify students for the award. The mix they achieve will be a unique and individual to them – and will be a reflection of the person they are becoming; and of the efforts and energy that go into that project of growth and consolidation.
By the summer of 2023, we plan that committed Year 13 students will be leaving school with an ICHK Mastery Transcript, tailored to their own needs and interests, in addition to the IB Diploma.
Our longer term hope is that the efforts of a growing number of schools, of which we are proud to be one, will come to promote a wider view of learning. It will be a view that helps bring about a world where the complexity of human potential is genuinely valued and nurtured in the teenage years, and where young people graduate to university or to useful employment having been fully known and recognised by the schools in which they study.
In the meantime we have already awarded our first ICHK Diploma which aligns exactly with the aims of the MTC.