Secondary School Curriculum at ETU School


As an integral part of ETU’s curriculum design, the secondary school curriculum is based on the SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) theory to create a safe environment and trusting relationships. Social and Emotional Learning is not a standalone course at ETU Secondary School, but rather an atmosphere co-created by teachers and students. In such a setting, every student can engage in various courses and activities with a sense of security and well-being.


In grade 7-8, taking into consideration the special circumstances of middle school students, the secondary school provides a mentorship program, specialized and personalized support in core competencies. All teachers prioritize guiding students’ personal development in their daily educational activities, using tools like OKR (Objectives and Key Results) to help students achieve deep self-awareness. This enables students to navigate adolescence smoothly while growing into their best selves.

In grade 9-12, we continue to incorporate social-emotional learning (SEL) into various domains, building upon the collaborative school environment between teachers and students. Our teachers, based on acceptance and empathy, strive to help students develop methods to embrace potential conflicts between personal inner growth and the external environment. We aim to assist students in finding suitable learning strategies and directions in their academic pursuits, guiding them to enhance their abilities to undertake individual or team projects that closely resemble real-world scenarios.

To ensure students can enter a university that suits their interests, we have introduced a growth theme of “discovering oneself as an interesting soul” and designed corresponding courses below.

1.Core Competency Course

“Self-awareness” and “Learn to Learn”: We have upgraded the G7-G8 holistic education course to two courses: “Self-awareness” and “Learn to Learn”. We aim to help students develop their learning methods based on a deep exploration of themselves.

2.Subject Course

To cultivate students’ international perspectives, starting from the high school level, we have introduced the IGCSE and A-Level curriculum.

Courses offered in G9 and G10 include: IGCSE Mathematics, IGCSE Physics, IGCSE Biology, IGCSE Chemistry, IGCSE Economics, and History.

Courses offered in G11 and G12 include: A-Level Mathematics, A-Level Further Mathematics, A-Level Physics, A-Level Biology, A-Level Chemistry, A-Level History, A-Level Economics, A-Level Business Studies, A-Level Computer Science, and A-Level Art.


In G9-G12, subject courses are divided into five major categories:


(1) Mathematics and Language: We have grouped the core subjects of Mathematics, Chinese, and English because we believe that these three subjects serve as language tools for students to understand the objective world. Chinese and English are undoubtedly important, and Mathematics is considered the language for expressing scientific theories. Therefore, in the teaching of these three subjects, we emphasize the integration of subject knowledge into real-life scenarios, enabling students to recognize the immense value and significance of these subjects.

(2) Humanities and Social Sciences: Corresponding to History, Geography, and Ethics courses, we focus on cultivating students’ sense of time and space, promoting critical thinking through the exploration of universal social phenomena, and avoiding simple memorization often associated with these subjects.

(3) Science and Technology: Corresponding to Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and STEM subjects, we incorporate more hands-on demonstrations and experimental activities in the classroom, providing students with ample opportunities for exploration and helping them experience the first-hand process of scientific discovery. This approach aims to cultivate students’ thinking as scientists and engineers.

(4) Sports and Health: Our physical education classes exceed the national curriculum requirements. Through ample physical exercise, students not only improve their physical fitness but also develop their willpower. At the same time, our mental health curriculum is tailored to students’ age characteristics, effectively assisting them in achieving coordinated physical and mental development.

(5) Arts and Aesthetics: Corresponding to Music and Fine Arts subjects, we balance the cultivation of artistic literacy with the exploration and development of students’ interests and talents, allowing each student to experience the charms of art.

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