Academic, Personal and University Counseling

As an independent, self-designed, school, CCIS places great emphasis on the full development of our in-house counseling system and our counseling team. CCIS Counseling utilizes the Naviance counseling platform in order to provide the best service possible to our students and their families. Counseling works under the direction of the Principal’s Office and provides independent college application information as part of our whole school approach to academic, personal and university counseling. CCIS encourages students to use critical thinking skills through our life planning and college application process. CCIS Counseling emphasizes students’ life planning instead of focusing too narrowly on college application planning. Counseling works in close conjunction with the CCIS academic staff to help students with their academic and life skills via our University Readiness classes and both small group and individual meetings between students and our counseling team. Counseling’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic Counseling (Example: Individual Study Plan)
  • Personal Counseling
  • University Application Counseling (Example: University Readiness courses)
  • Student Records Retention
  • Parent Education Program
  • Community Outreach

Assessments and Standardized Testing

CCIS Entrance Exam
The CCIS Entrance Exam tests students’ English reading and writing ability and includes an Oral Interview to determine their level of speaking proficiency. This entrance test measures a student’s ability on an international scale of proficiency called the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This scale is used to measure the proficiency of all European languages, including English.

Students demonstrating the required level of English proficiency qualify for direct enrollment into CCIS. Students who fall into the second tier of English skills will be provided additional academic and social English support during classes, during self-study periods and during evening study in order to help them achieve the level of English proficiency needed for success at CCIS and to study abroad successfully.

Students not reaching the second tier of English proficiency of the CCIS Entrance Exam may be referred to the CCIS Bridge Program. Support materials including vocabulary and academic subject resources will be made available to Bridge students. These resources will build the skills and vocabulary necessary to help students qualify for enrollment into CCIS. The CCIS Bridge Program also conducts weekend classes during Spring semester and over the summer in order to provide learning and cultural familiarization opportunities to students considering enrolling in CCIS.

The WIDA Exam is administered to all students enrolled at CCIS. WIDA is the most widely used English proficiency exam in the world for K-12 students and is currently used in thirty-nine U.S. states and territories. Along with millions of K-12 students in North America and around the world, students at CCIS take WIDA one to two times a year to measure their progressive development of skills. WIDA helps CCIS identify students who require additional support and to target specific areas for tiered intervention in order to build these students’ skills in both academic and social English.

MAP Test
CCIS plans to implement MAP testing toward the end of Spring Semester of the 2017-18 academic year. “Teachers use MAP Growth Reports to differentiate instruction and pinpoint individual student needs. Higher-level reports give administrators the context to drive improvement across entire schools and systems. MAP Growth tests begin with a question appropriate for the student’s grade level, then dynamically adapt throughout the test in response to student performance. This progressive refinement allows MAP Growth to challenge top performers without overwhelming students whose skills are below grade level. Common Core MAP Growth data provides you with a clear picture of K–12 student growth term-to-term and year-over-year:

Academic and University Counseling works closely with our faculty and our students to provide students valuable guidance and support in this important aspect of the university application. Universities seek enrollees with strong language skills in addition to strong study skills, therefore CCIS maintains a strong focus on classroom learning, and use, of both academic and social English. The CCIS English Teaching and Learning program supports the skills measured in the TOEFL test. The CCIS TOEFL support courses are designed by back planning from key testing dates to provide students will targeted instruction in TOEFL. We utilize our WIDA Exam and SRA Reading Labs program to ascertain students’ reading and other English skill levels and then provide well-targeted instruction in our Humanities and TOEFL support courses, in particular, so that students build the skills they need in the natural process of learning their academic subjects.

The below table will be revised each year to accommodate newly released testing dates. At the time of this writing, CCIS has only enrolled students up to Grade Ten, so our current focus is on preparing students for TOEFL tests that will take place early in the 2019-20 academic year as these will be the test results entered into their university applications.

Testing Schedule:

Month/Year Test Dates and Locations
Aug-2017 TOEFL/IELTS 08/26 SAT (USA Only)
Sep-2017 TOEFL/IELTS 09/07 ACT (International/USA)
Oct-2017 TOEFL/IELTS 10/07 SAT (International/USA) 10/28 ACT(International/USA)
Nov-2017 TOEFL/IELTS 11/04 SAT (USA)
Dec-2017 TOEFL/IELTS 12/02 SAT (International/USA) 12/09 ACT (International/USA)
Feb-2018 TOEFL/IELTS 02/10 ACT (USA)
Mar-2018 TOEFL/IELTS 03/10 SAT (International/USA)
Apr-2018 TOEFL/IELTS 04/14 ACT(International/USA)
May-2018 AP Exams TOEFL/IELTS 05/05 SAT (International/USA)
Jun-18 TOEFL/IELTS 06/02 SAT (USA)
06/09 ACT(International/USA)
Jul-18 TOEFL/IELTS 07/14 ACT (USA)


AP Exams
CCIS offers courses that prepare qualified students to take the College Board AP Exams. Our instructors follow College Board syllabi. Instructors who have not attended College Board AP Workshops are sent to these workshops to ensure they have the required training in order to conduct their classes effectively. Instructors teaching courses that prepare students for the AP Exams conduct the classes as standard classes instead of test preparation courses. Therefore, the classes begin at the start of the academic year and run until the end of the academic year. Since AP Exams are conducted in early to mid-May, CCIS uses the time after the AP Exams to implement our Project-based Learning Program, continue developing Lab skills and to introduce new topics to students who will take another class in the AP sequence. CCIS students learn the required materials while also engaging in a student-centered classroom, learning how to ask thoughtful questions, learning how to interact with teachers and peers, in addition to developing valuable critical thinking, reading and collaboration skills.

Education Service Providers, Partners, and Referrals

  • Concordia University Summer Programs
  • World Strides Summer /Winter Study Abroad Programs
  • International Student Exchange Program with the Paul Robeson High School for Human Services, Philadelphia, USA
  • American Middle and High School Enrollment Program with Tiandao Education
  • Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)
  • Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)