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Introduction to Cambridge A-Level Centre

The Community  
Established in 1964, Hangzhou Foreign Language School (HFLS) is the only high school in Zhejiang Province of 50 Million people, granted the right to send 20% of their graduates to college exempt from the national college entrance examinations. This model public school occupies 405-acres and hosts the Cambridge A-Level Centre (an independent program within the school). The Centre is run in concert with the Chinese Education Ministry. English is strongly emphasized in addition to the science and liberal arts college prep studies in the Centre. 100% of students attend universities and colleges abroad. Both schools are boarding with most students leaving on the weekends.


HFLS was accredited in 2008 as an International Examination Centre by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). Advanced Level courses and General Certificate of Education (GCE) were introduced to HFLS. This qualified the high school to host one of the Cambridge Advanced Level Programs in Zhejiang Province. English is the Center’s language of instruction and British A-Level courses are offered. Admission is selective through HFLS strict admission tests and interviews. International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is 10th grade, Advanced Subsidiary (AS) is 11th grade and 12th grade is the Advanced Level (A2).


Centre faculty includes highly qualified and experienced professionals from UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Jamaica and China. The student to faculty ratio is approximately ten to one.


10th Grade
5 IGCSE courses - Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, English as a second language; all these subjects are taught by English speaking teachers. Information Technology and P.E. instructors are Chinese teachers.


11th Grade
5 courses of 8 choices –AS Language and Literature in English, AS Physics, AS Chemistry, AS Biology, AS Accounting, AS Economics, AS Business Studies and A-Level mathematics as a one-year course; students also take Information Technology and P.E. The instructors are foreign teachers from English speaking countries.


12th Grade
3-5 A2 courses of 8 choices – A2 Language and Literature in English, A2 Physics, A2 Chemistry, AS Biology, A2 Accounting, A2 Economics, A2 business studies; Further Mathematics; P.E. is also provided to students. The instructors are foreign teachers from English speaking countries.


Note: Starting from 2017 graduating class, students are going to take Chinese high school courses from Grade 10 to Grade 12. Besides Chinese, Information Technology and P.E., students are also required to take Arts and Music, Chinese History, Geography, and Political Science.


Extracurricular Activities
Student organizations include: Student Council, International Business Enterprise, Chinese Culture and Literature Club,Film Club, French, Model UN, Music Band, Debate Club, Earth Watch, Tick Tock Magazine, Volunteer Association, Habitat for Humanity, Cisco Hope School, Year Book, Operation Smile.


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