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X-cel/AP Program Overview: What? How? Differentiator
Designed for motivated, accelerated, and self-actualized learners, the X-cel program is a blended program in every sense. Building upon the best foundational elements of the Vietnamese education system, the X-cel program immerses students in the most challenging elements of the American system in a graduated and systematic way. After years of an increasingly complex curriculum, students will have the opportunity to earn college credit and/or receive a dual enrollment diploma with a top east coast American or Canadian prep school or an on-line American high school—all before graduating from Olympia.
Beginning in the 9th grade year, students will begin using educational resources (textbooks, videos, software, etc.) that have been designed for native speakers of English. This curriculum will mirror the most challenging American schools and move students towards grade level benchmarks and standards as defined by the Common Core standards. In addition, they will continue with some of their traditional Vietnamese studies. Also, by the 9th grade year, students will be at grade level with English native speakers, and they will begin to take integrated courses in Humanities and Math/Science. Designed as college preparatory, these classes travel the globe as students explore current events and culture geographically. Reading will be regional in selection and will involve all genres, from informational texts to the classic novel. Themes and areas of study are as follows: Essential Questions: Where are we now? How did we get here? Where will be going? Why?
Methodology: DOASAPP™ Discover, Organize, Analyze, Synthesize, Authenticate, Predict, Publish
This will culminate in a project-based learning experience in May where students will produce authentic and publishable projects with international partners. By the 12th grade year, students will possess the skills to enroll in Advanced Placement courses while continuing along the college preparatory curriculum continuum, thereby fulfilling credit requirements to potentially earn a dual diploma.
In 2016-17, Olympia will be the only school in Vietnam to offer the AP Capstone program. AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions. (https://lp.collegeboard.org/ap-capstone) Integration will also occur in the math and science curriculum where teachers will plan together and develop contextual projects where the disciplines naturally intersect. Courses in Physics, Biology, and Chemistry will be offered as well as studies in Pre-calculus, Calculus, and Statistics. All courses will be taught in English and aligned with the Common Core curriculum. The only College Board approved SAT testing school in Hanoi, The Olympia Schools not only offers the benefits of this relationship and legitimate Advanced Placement courses, they also have a unique relationship with international partner schools that allow the sharing of curriculum, resources, and the potential for a dual diplomas. The Olympia Schools is the only school in Vietnam offering such exciting opportunities.
AP courses offered 2015-16
Projected AP courses for 2016-17