CIP is actually part of a CCA grading system called LEAPS. It awards points in 5 categories, namely Leadership, Enrichment, Achievement, Participation and Service.
CIP comes under Service, where each student is required to perform minimum 6 hours of community service per year.
Over a period of 4 years, points are awarded as follows: 100 or more hours – 5 points 80-99 hours – 4 points 60-79 hours – 3 points 40-59 hours – 2 points 24-39 hours – 1 point
These points will go towards the CCA grade (25 and above to get an A1 grade and therefore -2 points for JC admission).
Generally schools will try to help the students fulfil as many CIP hours as possible. Or for example, some church going students go on mission trips to help teach the less fortunate, or build a new school for them etc – all this can be taken into account.
Here’s what I understand about LEAPS.
1. Leadership The rank determines the number of points awarded in this category. If the child holds any leadership position in school, such as prefect or class chairman, he will also get extra points for this. Maximum of 12 points in this category.
2. Enrichment programmes I’m not so sure about this, but I think the schools will make provision for the kids to fulfil this area. Maximum of 4 points
3. Achievement Representation of the school in interschool competitions, attainment of sports leaders awards, president guides, and achieving good results (top 4 for sports or gold award for performing arts) make up this category. Maximum of 15 points
4. Participation Mainly on attendance, min 75%. Extra points if the child takes part in SYF or NDP. Maximum 10 points
If a child changes CCA halfway through, I understand he will lose his points for that CCA and has to start afresh. Thats why schools do not encourage students to change, and it is very important that a Sec 1 child manages to get a CCA which he enjoys.