CHHS Pre-Leadership Incubation Program Courses

Why choose CHA?

Chung Hsin Academy (the junior high program of CHHS) is a focused effort to ensure students a bright and meaningful high school experience. Here are a few reasons that should compel you to join us:

  • Our class size is small and approximately under 35 students per class, as we want to ensure that each student gets the attention he/she deserves.
  • We provide the best modern facilities to students. Our classrooms are equipped with projectors, speakers, cameras and microphones. Each student is provided with a personal chromebook to facilitate learning via self-regulated discovery learning.
  • Our teachers are extremely experienced and highly qualified with international teaching licenses so the students are in safe hands.
  • We use textbooks aligned with the Common Core standards from the USA so the students learn as consistently as native speakers.
  • We effectively supplement our teaching with the usage of technology in our classrooms. We use classroom management systems like Google classroom, 1Know to assess and track student progress.
  • We prepare students to perform successfully in standardised tests like the National Comprehensive Assessment Program for Junior High School (5A), the GEPT(Intermediate) and the TOEFL Junior(745+).
  • Our program is especially beneficial for students who want to study abroad or enrol in one of the many elite Taiwanese universities.

Welcom to CHA!

7th Grade Mathematics

Core Textbook: Spectrum Math

Course Objectives:

  1. Grade-7 Math is designed to develop the students’ ability to use the English language in the context of mathematics while promoting a deeper understanding of mathematics, especially applications in mathematics in solving real world problems.
  2. It begins to prepare students for various standardized tests in mathematics like the PSAT/SAT and ACT.

Course Description:

This course is NOT a course that exclusively teaches the concepts of algebra. It is a course that prepares students to use math-related English language skills to discuss Grade-7 concepts in algebra and geometry and solve mathematical and real-world problems in English, by which the students’ understanding of the subject can be deepened and critical thinking skills in math can be improved.

Grading:

  1. Homework & Assignments 30%,
  2. Quizzes & Assessments 30%,
  3. Research-based Projects 30%,
  4. Attendance & Participation 10%

No cheating will be tolerated. Students attempting to submit plagiarised work for a grade will receive a 0 on that assignment.

Homework & Assignments: Homework/assignments consisting of word problems and/or reading materials will be given after each class, which helps students reinforce their understanding and application of particular concepts in algebra and geometry.

Quizzes & Assessments: Quizzes/assessments focusing on testing students' understanding of concepts and problem-solving ability will be given weekly/monthly.

Research-based Projects: Projects that are based on students' self-driven learning and research will be regularly assigned throughout the academic year. Projects often take the forms of oral presentations, pair work, and group work, and focus on developing students' deeper understanding of mathematics and solving more complex problems.

Attendance & Participation: Class attendance and participation are imperative for improvement of language skills and effective learning. Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and assignments. In particular, students will regularly be given reading assignments after class, which are highly important for students to participate in informative discussions in class.

Course Schedule:

(N.B.: This schedule is for providing a general outline and subject to be adapted and adjusted accordingly by the teachers in the process of real teaching and learning)

7th Grade Social Studies

Core Textbook: Contemporary’s World History, McGraw-Hill Education

Course Objectives:

The 7th Grade Social Studies is designed to:

1. promote the students' civic competence;

2. help students develop historical thinking in knowing the past and predicting the future;

3. develop students' ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good;

4. help studetns be citizens of a culturally diverse society

Course Description:

In the course of Social Studies we will be covering five aspects that are closely related to the development of humans: history, geography, economics, civics, and culture. In detail, we will learn:

1. the history of various people, cultural groups and movements that shaped the world from 1300 up until the present;

2. the geographic factors that influenced the emergence, expansion and decline of civilization, societies, and regions over time;

3. the economic activities of various civilizations, societies and regions;

4. the development of government in various civilizations, societies and regions; and

5. the behaviors and practices of individuals and groups that influence societies, civilizations, and regions

Attendance & Participation:

Class attendance and participation are imperative for improvement of language skills and effective learning, as the purpose of this course is not only to improve the students’ understanding of history, geography, economics, civics, and culture, but also to improve their general mastery of the English language. Also, in order to be able to actively participate in class discussions and assignments. students have to make efforts to self study the reading materials provided by the teacher after class.

Assignment Descriptions:

Mini Quizzes Once or twice a week

Reading Responses as writing summaries and/or reflections

Presentation to present an opinion/argument and/or to teach the rest of the class about an assigned topic

Midterm/Final: Half way through the course and at the end of the semester, students will take exams that test their understanding of the materials taught up to that point. Part of the test will be multiple choice and the other part will be descriptive.

Grading: Mini Quizzes 15%, Reading Responses 15%, Class Presentation 20%, Midterm 20%, Final 30%.

No cheating will be tolerated. Students attempting to submit plagiarised work for a grade will receive a 0 on that assignment.

Course Schedule:

(N.B.: This schedule is for providing a general outline and subject to be adapted and adjusted accordingly by the teachers in the process of real teaching and learning)

7th Grade Science

Core Textbook: Spectrum Science

Course Schedule:

(N.B.: This schedule is for providing a general outline and subject to be adapted and adjusted accordingly by the teachers in the process of real teaching and learning)

Course Objectives:

Grade 7 Science is designed to

  1. enable students to understand and communicate basic scientific concepts, phenomena, and changes in the English language;
  2. help students express and apply basic scientific methods and procedures;
  3. develop students' higher-level thinking skills; and
  4. prepare students to succeed in future standardized testing such as SSAT, and ISEE.

Course Description:

In the 7th Grade science, you will be travelling in the physical world, the earth and beyond, as well as the living world.

In the physical world, you will understand the concepts of force, motion, matter, energy, and so on, and know the relationships between force and motion, as well as the interactions of matter and energy.

In the world of Earth and beyond, you will learn weather patterns and phenomena and to predict upcoming weather events.

In the living world, you will understand how organisms perform functions necessary for life (plants and animals) within an ecosystem.

In a science class, we will use a variety of methods: readings, group projects, presentations, listening activities, writing assignments, vocabulary quizzes, and tests to accomplish the course objectives and to facilitate your learning. We understand that all students are not equal and therefore try our best to differentiate classroom instruction. A large majority of our focus will be on developing the vocabulary skills for you to communicate orally and in writing.

Participation

Participation in class will be essential for success. The more you are willing to read out loud, complete assignments, ask questions, answer questions, and use newly-learnt English vocabulary in class, the more prepared you will be to utilize the acquired knowledge and skills. There will also be many reading/video materials and resources for you to read/watch after class, so that you can have productive discussion and idea-sharing in class.

Grading: Grades will be determined as follows:

  1. Vocabulary quizzes 15%
  2. Group projects 15%
  3. Oral Presentations 20%,
  4. Assignments 20%,
  5. Exams 30%

No cheating will be tolerated. Students attempting to submit plagiarised work for a grade will receive a 0 on that assignment.

7th Grade English Language Arts

Core Textbook: Spectrum Reading

Course Objectives:

Grade 7 ELA is designe to

  1. develop students' integrative, interactive ways of communicating through English reading, writing, listening, and speaking;
  2. help students receive information, think logically and creatively, and express ideas articulately in spoken and written communications;
  3. develop students' ability to organize, evaluate, and apply information; and
  4. prepare prepare students to succeed in future standardized testing such as the PSAT, SAT, TOEFL and TOEIC.

Course Description:

In a 7th Grade ELA class, literature and informational texts appropriate for the level will be provided. The material is a mix of short stories, poems and passages in diverse genres for facilitating students' reading comprehension. Great authors like Langston Hughes, Shel Silverstein, William Carlos Williams etc., whose works are extremely revered, are also explored in this course.

The pedagogy of a heuristic approach will be applied when students' reading, writing, and speaking skills are focused on. We encourage students to exercise their higher order and critical thinking skills by means of classroom discussions, debates and text analysis etc. We will focus on developing a broader understanding and transfer of knowledge including new vocabulary, proper grammar, style, and tone.

Participation: Participation in class is extremely important. The more you are willing to read out loud, complete assignments, ask questions, answer questions, and use newly-learnt English vocabulary, the more prepared they will be to utilize your English knowledge and skills in future testing situations.

Grading:

We will use readings, writing assignments, vocabulary quizzes, group projects, presentations, listening activities, and assessments to accomplish the course objectives and assess students' performance and progress. No cheating will be tolerated. Students attempting to submit plagiarised work for a grade will receive a 0 on that assignment.

Grades will be determined as follows:

  1. Vocabulary quizzes 15%
  2. Reading Comprehension 15%
  3. Projects and Presentations 15%
  4. Writing Assignments 15%
  5. Exams 15%.

No cheating will be tolerated. Students attempting to submit plagiarised work for a grade will receive a 0 on that assignment.

Course Schedule:

(N.B.: This schedule is for providing a general outline and subject to be adapted and adjusted accordingly by the teachers in the process of real teaching and learning)