THESE students will soon be getting the best of both the Integrated Programme (IP) and O-level tracks.
In a joint reply to The New Paper's queries, Cedar Girls' Secondary School (CGSS) and Victoria School (VS) said students in their O-level programmes would be able to "benefit from IP teaching approaches" which would be used in selected elements of the O-level programmes.
Next year, CGSS and VS will be offering the six-year Victoria-Cedar Alliance IP (VCA IP). But both schools will also continue to offer the O-level programme.
Students in the VCA IP will spend their first four years in either CGSS or VS while participating in joint programmes between the two schools, and complete their final two years at Victoria Junior College (VJC).
The schools' reply added that besides teaching approaches, students in both the O-level and IP tracks will also have access to the different school programmes and facilities offered by the three schools in the VCA.
Said the schools' spokesman: "For instance, O-level students will be given the opportunities to offer electives at VJC and VS; and VJC students from the Track and Field teams will be using the sports facilities at CGSS.
"All these will value-add to the students' learning experiences."
The VCA IP's dual-track structure differentiates it from some other IP schools, which offer just one track.
Added the spokesman: "This structure allows for more porosity as good students in the O-level programme will have the opportunity to apply for transfer to the IP in Year 3."
There have been discussions in local newspapers recently about the pros and cons of the IP.