Quality International Education

ORLI, the Origins Research and Learning Institute has developed the Origins Curriculum which is based on the philosophies and framework of the International Baccalaureate® Programmes, incorporates the requirements of the Chinese National Curriculum for basic education (Grades 1-9) and is benchmarked against international standards.

It also has a strong emphasis on supporting students to develop future work skills, needed in a world where the nature of work is rapidly changing due to the impact of technology.

These are identified as high-level thinking and problem-solving skills, creativity and innovation, and a wide range of ‘people skills’ including collaboration, cooperation, communication, emotional and intercultural intelligence.

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Innova Academy nurtures your child’s creativity and innovation.

Innova Academy’s future-focused curriculum Innova Academy is informed by and incorporates the International Baccalaureate, the Chinese National Curriculum, and International Curriculum Standards. Taking a holistic approach to education, Innova is committed to ensuring our students receive a well-rounded and learner-informed education.

Our student-centred teaching philosophy is informed by the pedagogical approaches of Inquiry-based Learning, International Baccalaureate, and Reggio Emilio. The themes in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the future-skills highlighted by the World Economic Forum ‘Future Work Skills’ are interwoven throughout Innova Academy’s educational offerings and influence both what and how we teach.

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Image: High-level overview of the development of a Future-Focused Curriculum at Innova Academy

The International Baccalaureate®

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is recognized and valued for providing high quality, academically rigorous, globally-focused, progressive international education programmes that are highly valued for gaining entry to and succeeding at university.

IB programmes have a profoundly positive overall impact on young people, giving them academic knowledge and skills, a love of life-long learning, and the values and attitudes needed for success in gaining university entrance (including advanced placement), and indeed later in life and work.

High School student experimenting in Chemistry lab

Innova Academy students develop skills in complex problem solving

The IB is more than its educational programmes, diplomas and certificates. At its heart is the motivation to create a better world through education. The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, life-long learners who appreciate the uniqueness of other people and value opinions different from their own. They also promote intercultural understanding and respect as an essential part of life in the 21st century.

The International Baccalaureate Programmes:

  • Are recognized and valued for providing high quality, academically rigorous globally focused, international education programmes
  • Are highly valued for gaining university entrance
  • Make a difference to the lives of young people, giving them the academic knowledge and skills as well as the love of life-long learning and the values and attitudes needed for success in life and work in the future
  • Promote intercultural understanding and respect as an essential part of life in the 21st century

Innova Academy offers all 3 separate IB Programmes which serve the needs of students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12.

The IB Primary Years Programme (Kindergarten to Grade 5):

  • English (bilingual)
  • Chinese (bilingual)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Individuals and Society
  • Art, Music, Drama
  • Physical Education

IB Middle Years Programme (Grade 6 to 10):

  • English (bilingual)
  • Chinese (bilingual)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Individuals and Society
  • Art, Music, Drama
  • Physical Education

IB Diploma Programme (Grade 11 and 12):

The Diploma Programme curriculum is made of three core key elements and classes from six subject groups.

Core Elements
The three core elements are:

  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Extended Essay
  • CAS (Community, Action, Service)

Subject Groups
Students choose from six subject groups, with Standard and Higher Level course offerings, subject to availability. The six subject groups are:

  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts

An IB Learner is:

  • an Inquirer
  • a Thinker
  • a Communicator
  • a Risk-taker
  • Knowledgable
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

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