MCI International Dual Diploma
CIA First International School
CIA First International School (Cambodia) and MCI (United States), inspired by the extensive possibilities offered by cooperation, recognize the need to develop new partnerships and share intellectual, material and human resources, with the aim to
- Promote educational understanding;
- Contribute to the pool of national and global educational knowledge;
- Foster student development; and
- Offer dual diploma options for middle and high school students
In the spirit of this challenge and responsibility, CIA First International School and MCI appreciate the benefits to their respective organizational systems from the established academic links therefore join together in the following Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The purpose of the MOU is to develop academic and educational understanding between the two parties. Each party agrees to develop the following collaborative activities in the academic areas of mutal interest, on the basis of equality and reciprocity, including:
- Dual Diploma
- Gap Year Plan
- Service Learning Program
- Faculty and Student Exchange
- STEM Summer Camp
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MCI and EQIQ proudly collaborate on the implementation of the MCI curriculum for Grades 10, 11 and 12 for the students enrolled in the EQIQ School. MCI provides training and any supplemental materials that assists teachers in the EQIQ school in implementing the curriculum. Each student who attends the EQIQ School and enrolls as a student using the MCI curriculum and demonstrates successful completion of the MCI grade 10, 11 and 12 curriculum will receive transcripts from MCI each year. At the end of the grade 12 year, these students will earn a high school diploma from MCI.
MCI-Taiwan Dual DIploma--Scope and Sequence
Scope: The American Diploma in the Joint Diploma program is the highest educational award students can gain at MCI, providing an internationally recognized credential that provides a strong foundation for the future, whether students wish to pursue tertiary qualifications, vocational training or employment. Participants in the program will access course modules during the traditional academic year. These modules, designed and implemented by MCI, allow students to incorporate rigorous American independent school coursework into their current Taiwanese academic program. Evaluation will align with MCI standards as students will be enrolled as MCI students. Students earning the joint diploma secure coveted credentials for application to the most competitive universities worldwide and improve scholarship opportunities.
* ESOL courses--interdisciplinary (science, humanities, art/music, current events, etc.) in content, English skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) are the focus.
** Summer--students attend one summer @ MCI in Maine, USA, before grade 12.
*** MCI electives--if qualified and if enrollment meets the minimum requirements, students can select from an abbreviated list of mainstream courses. This varies year to year based upon registration, which will occur in June/July, 2022.
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MCI engages a multicultural student body with diverse abilities and interests in a rigorous and comprehensive college and career preparatory experience. In a safe and nurturing environment, students develop self-esteem, academic skills, and social responsibility to be thoughtful global citizens and lifelong learners.
Unlike international schools, who have no government obligations regarding courses to be taught, our partner Vietnamese schools are classified as bilingual schools. This means that they have the responsibility to teach the government curriculum, but they also have the opportunity to add courses once those requirements have been met. And with the exception of one or two courses, they can teach the MOET (Ministry of Education and Training) courses in English.
This allows for approximately 25% of the day to be dedicated to the “international tract” of courses should the students wish to see an outside diploma for a foreign school. They can also take courses on the weekends at their home school or a partner site. For us, College Scout has agreed to work with us for additional courses off home school site on weekends and/or during the week.
College Scout website: http://en.scout.edu.vn/
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has two additional campuses – one in Spain and one in Indonesia. However, all students attending these campuses do have to do academic work at the Cambridge campus at some point before they graduate. This, too, should be a model adopted for the MCI Vietnam program where we require any participants seeking an MCI diploma to spend either a summer in a custom camp exclusively designed for them or at least one semester on our campus during the academic year.
Regardless of which entry point, the cost of the program will be $30,000 USD. Spread out over five years, the cost is $6,000 per year. We would also agree that these costs would NOT increase throughout the program. There would also be an approximate fee of $5,000 for the summer experience as previously mentioned.
- Ideally, students should enter the program at grade 6. Thus, the cost would be dispersed over 6 years at $500 USD per month, or $6,000 per year.
- Students can also enter at grade 10, the beginning of high school in Vietnam. Students entering at this point would have to spend 1 semester abroad in either the 1st or 2nd semester of their grade 11 year. The cost for this would be prorated and calculated NOT to exceed the $36,000 cost for the entire program.
Recommendation from home school administrators and teachers
Report card marks an 8 average or higher.
For grade 10 entry, IELTS score must be 6.0 score or TOEFL equivalent. For grade 6 entry, students will be placed based upon ability.
Student Course Work
A Humanities course with an English Language Arts emphasis.
A STEM course with a mathematics emphasis. As students move into high school, these courses may be Advanced Placement courses within the discipline of their choosing although one would have to be Humanities based and the other STEM. Should a student wish to take more courses than those offered at the home campus, special arrangements may be made through on-line learning platforms of which an extra fee may apply.
Assumptions and Rationale
Students in grades 6-9 may have coursework more heavily weighted in the best practices of ESL until students demonstrate the necessary skills for a full immersion course. These courses were selected to enhance and support the skills required for standardized tests, such as the SAT, and to equip students with an overall lexicon for academic expression in all disciplines.
The courses will be taught on the home campuses, with bi-weekly audits from the MCI academic team using such tools as Google Classroom, Skype, and other programs to enhance communication and transparency.
Extra Student Support
In 11th grade, students will have access to MCI’s International college counselor to help prepare them for the university admissions process and find the best school for each learner.
Students will be provided additional resources for on-liine standardized test preparation.
In summer sessions for 6th through 9th grade, students will experience language enhancement through travel and activity and focus on project-based learning with our STEM-based summer programs. This will serve to enhance their classroom experience in the following years. For high school students entering 10th grade our higher, there will be added focus on the college admissions process, standardized testing, and university campus visits.
Pre-Conditional Letters of Acceptance
In partnership with Shorelight Education Services, MCI college counseling help students with:
- Deciding which of our partner universities is right for you
- Researching majors and degree programs
- Completing your university application
- Preparing for your visa interview
- Providing overview of campus life and student clubs
- Explaining Internship opportunities
Shorelight works with the following colleges and universities:
- Adelphi University
- American University
- Auburn University
- Auburn Montgomery
- Florida International University
- Gonzaga University
- Cleveland State University
- Kansas University
- Louisiana State University
- Mercer University
- University of Dayton
- University of Central Florida
- University of Illinois, Chicago
- The University of Kansas
- University of South Carolina
- University of the Pacific
- University of Massachusetts - Boston
- University of Massachusetts - Amherst
- University of Mississippi
- University of Utah
MCI will offer competitive scholarships of up to $15,000 USD, renewable yearly upon review, for highly qualified students seeking to attend MCI as a full-time student. These scholarships are reserved exclusively for our partner schools.
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