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Going Beyond Bilingual: Sofia’s Journey


According to global research about 60% of the world’s population can hold a basic conversation in more than one language. One of our core promises at NACIS is that all our students will be able to far exceed the bilingual ability to converse, study, socialize and be an active member of their community in more than one cultural and linguistic setting.


Meet Sofia

Sofia is one of our founding family students who joined us in Grade 1 in 2016. Once a very shy girl who rarely spoke in class, after 5 years of a NACIS education, she has gained a newfound confidence through improving her English and is now competing in English public-speaking competitions. More than this, she also a reading age far beyond her actual age and has top marks in nearly all of her subjects.


Sofia’s mom:

Sofia didn't have much preparation for primary school. She stepped into NACIS with a very basic English language foundation and limited vocabulary. The NACIS English curriculum challenged Sofia right from the start and she always insisted on doing the extracurricular reading according to the teacher's recommendations or going to museums and art galleries at the weekend for extra English learning.


As a bilingual international school, NACIS offers an un-paralleled English education to ensure our students gain  mastery of the language. We have a 50:50 split of international and national teachers, and 100% of Primary Homerooms are led by a native English speaking teacher together in a co-teaching model with their national teacher partner. Our Primary curriculum based on Cambridge English, accelerates our students’ language learning so that by grade 6, when we switch to 70% of subjects taught in English, students are already reading, speaking and understanding the language with ease.




Sofia’s Homeroom Teacher:

As a student, Sofia excels in her studies. She is a bright, determined student who is unrelenting in her pursuit of knowledge and self-development. Eager to participate, highly motivated and delightfully curious, Sofia has really engaged with the curriculum offered at NACIS and as such, reflects the benefits of becoming fully immersed with all that is offered at the school. I’m excited to see her success in secondary and beyond.


NACIS develops strong leaders who are prepared for the world of tomorrow with opportunities for students to lead through CAS, as House captains, prefects and Head Boy/Head Girl.



Whilst here at NACIS, Sofia has transformed into a leader of her grade. She has held the lead role in theatre productions, established herself within the ‘Class Psychology Committee’ – a committee dedicated to a friendly campus environment - and is a top performer across almost all of her subjects.


Sofia’s Homeroom Teacher:

“The education offered at NACIS, along with our ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy, has encouraged Sofia to pursue her interest in public speaking outside of school. Sofia is a prominent member of her English Speech and Debate Pentathlon (E.S.D.P) group. In addition to this, she is currently taking part in the global ‘21st Century Speech Competition’, which invites representatives from major cities across the world to write and deliver a speech in English in front of hundreds of people”.


With over 200 extra-curricular activities (ECAs) on offer, NACIS students can discover their passions and developincredibly powerful new skill sets. Our host of ECAs mean that our students acquire new skills,  while building their confidence and creativity outside of the classroom.






At school, I often help my classmates as a psychology committee member. I also participate in the equestrian club, tennis training and speech competition outside of school. I feel that my life is very colourful.


As part of our “Be Ambitious” drive, we encourage students to explore opportunities outside of NACIS that develop their passions. Sofia has taken this very seriously and sought out an opportunity to use her creativity in a unique way – by creating and handmaking a model of a dress last summer as part of her submission for the Teen Art Program – an artistic exhibition project started by well-known young artist and curator Luo Yier.



Mr. Luo commented that her sharing in the interview was amazing, and the depth and breadth of her thinking exceeded many teenagers. He said: “Sofia’s international outlook and cross-cultural thinking left a very deep and positive impression on me. In her design work, ‘Gone with the Wind’, we saw a girl in a soft dress wearing a strong ancient Greek warrior helmet. Maybe this is the true portrayal of Sofia herself, wise and determined.”


With a market-leading English language curriculum supported by experienced international teachers, NACIS ensures students are able to skillfully master the language, setting them up for success to be the leaders of tomorrow.




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