Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)

Our Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers Academic Programs to help students develop a stronger academic foundation and provides a platform to advance students’ learning through Passion Projects and Competitions Training.

Our Academic Programs include private tutoring across all subjects in IB, A-Level, Pre-U, AP, I|GCSEs and standardized tests and exams preparation (UK pre-university aptitude tests, Common Entrance; and ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, AP).

A select group of students work with our experienced faculty to explore their individual academic passion through Passion Projects. Past projects include topics like Stolen Art, Maths and Superheros and more!

Through Competitions Training, we encourage talented youth to challenge themselves and grow intellectually by participating in international and local competitions in STEM and humanities.

Reach your academic goals with ACE!  

The Programs

We offer 1-on-1 and group classes (onsite and online) for on all public exam curriculums including IB, A-Level, Pre-U, AP and I|GCSEs. Speak to our faculty to ascertain your needs, set goals and track progress.


Engage in 1-on-1 tutoring with highly experienced teachers who write regular reports to monitor student progress and areas for improvement. Teachers will share ARCH proprietary materials and mock tests written up by subject specialists and/or former examiners.


ARCH Online Tutors is a premier online tutoring service that matches top tutors in UK and US with students in Asia. We cover a range of subjects including pre-tests, 11+, 13+, 16+, SSAT, SAT, ACT, i/GCSE, A-Level, AP, IB and more. Since our launch in 2015, we have provided 400+ students with 10,000+ hours of tutoring with amazing feedback from students and parents alike!

Subjects include:
Chinese Business Management
Chemistry English Language Geography
Physics English Literature History
Calculus AB/BC French Micro/ Macro Economics
Mathematics German Politics
Further Mathematics Latin Sociology

Our UK Test Prep Programs specifically prepare students to sit entrance exams for top schools and universities in the UK and international schools in Hong Kong.


UKiset (for ages 8-16)

  • Skill-based courses that help students improve on the four skills tested by UKiset: Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English skills.

Pre-Test & Common Entrance (for ages 8-16)

  • Covers both English Comprehension and Composition tasks
  • Vocab building and grammar foundation
  • Periodic mock tests to assess and track progress

Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Tests (for ages 9-13)

  • From spotting word patterns to decoding puzzles, students are exposed to the types of questions in these assessments

Boarding School Maths (for ages 11-13)

  • 1-on-1 and small group sessions to bridge the gap between curriculums!
  • ​Exposure to GCSE/ A-Level standard materials in preparation for select schools' 6th Form / 16+ entry


  • We offer skill-based courses and 1-on-1 classes to cover BMAT, ELAT, HAT, LNAT, PAT, STEP, TSA, UKCAT and the recently introduced Cambridge admissions tests.

Our courses are carefully designed to address students’ aptitude and standardized test preparation at all levels.


  • Building vocabulary to improve your English and SSAT score! 
  • Rigorous and effective methods to learn 1,800+ words 
  • Academic and fun quiz activities to help improve reading, writing and speaking all at once!
  • 3 levels – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • 600+ words per level, 20 hours of instruction

SSAT (FOR AGES 11-13) 

  • All courses are provided by curriculum specialists
  • Review & practice core topics extensively
  • Foresee the difficulties of the coming exams
  • Strengthen conceptual foundations and refine higher-order skills

SAT & ACT (FOR AGES 14-17)

  • ​Teaches strategies necessary to ace the test: how to read actively, how to find main ideas, how to eliminate wrong answers, etc.
  • Daily teacher demonstrations of each of these skills
  • Interactive mini-practice sessions (5-10 minutes at a time) to inculcate each skill
  • In-class emphasis on test theory; review and practice of test theory at home


  • For students who have already demonstrated strong familiarity with test theory
  • Exposes students to thousands of SSAT/SAT/ACT questions, which they do in class
  • Deep emphasis on learning from mistakes with instant feedback from instructor
  • Condenses months of test practice into two weeks

*​SATII Subject Tests and AP are available. Please see under Academic Tutoring.

We offer training to students interested in the following international competitions. For others, please speak to our education consultants.


  • Olympiads – Maths, Sciences
  • UK Maths Challenge
  • American Mathematics Competitions

Passion Projects provide students with an opportunity to explore their intellectual passions and develop skills and confidence to engage in independent inquiry, an ability that not only prepares them for learning at top boarding school and universities but also distinguish them in the admissions process.

Our talented faculty, comprised of experienced teachers and mentors across disciplines, work closely with select students to explore their individual academic passions. Students interested in Passion Projects must be invited to the program.

Our students have produced research and projects on intellectually stimulating topics, such as:

“The Ownership of Stolen Art” – M.L. (17 years old)
The 20 page research essay investigates stolen artworks throughout history, from the stealing of the Mona Lisa by Vincenzo Peruggia in 1911 to works stolen during the Holocaust. Who owns stolen art? What are the benefits of stolen art? Does ownership really matter?

"Maths and Superhero Reality" - W.H. (12 years old)
Superman, Flash, Spiderman, the Incredibles - these all time favourite superheroes with acts of unnatural physics have captured our hearts and imagination in a world of fantasy. By combining the student's fascination for these characters, we explored a series of fun and educational application of scientific and mathematical theories such as as Newton's Law and Pythagoras theorems! By looking into the mysteries that we often encounter in film, we bring maths and science alive!

“The Future of Transportation in Shanghai” – A.K. (14 years old)
A.K. tackles the traffic congestion problem in Shanghai through a design thinking project where he worked with an MIT graduate mentor over 5 months. From conducting field research on idle and parked times of cars, to statistical analysis on population growth, pollution and roads design, A.K. developed the idea of “Smart Pods” which is an automated shared car ride system that allows users to call up a “pod” (i.e. automated car) via an app for pick up and passengers traveling to similar destinations are carpooled together.