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International Schools: China
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8th Apr, 2009 | Source : Newsweek Showcase

Right now, everyone wants to be in China. And the quality of International Schools there reflect the massive growth in demand for the best education. Here we highlight some of those, which can be considered 'The Best'.

Yew Chung Education Foundation, established in 1932, is a vertically integrated international school offering educational services in areas of Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education. The educational philosophy of the Foundation is committed to educating the whole person in cooperation with the parents, family and community through a holistic approach. The Foundation, since its inception, has established Yew Chung International Schools (YCIS) in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao and Silicon Valley in the USA. YCIS produces students capable of adapting to Eastern and Western cultures in order to bring about greater understanding between all cultures and to create global citizens for this emerging 21st century global village.

YCIS follows the National Curriculum for England to offer the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and IB Diploma Programme, whilst uniquely integrating a highly successful Chinese programme. The curriculum of YCIS ensures a smooth transition from Key Stage Levels to graduation, focusing on the development of students’ skills, abilities and to work independently and cooperatively with critical thinking.

With the co-teaching approach and bilingual programme, YCIS students are well-equipped with the best of both Eastern and Western cultures, and accepted by prestigious universities worldwide.

Shekou International School ( www.sis.org.cn ) is Shenzhen's oldest international school. Founded in 1988, SIS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school follows an American/International curriculum and serves students from 32 nationalities. Parents play an active role in the partnership between the family, student, and school. Located in the green and gated Jingshan Villa community, convenient to both Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the facilities are by far the best in the area. Featuring swimming, tennis, outdoor playfields and playgrounds, a climbing wall and more, the treed environment is a haven in this part of bustling China.

The resource-rich college preparatory program provides rigor across the grades. Literacy and complex thinking is a focus for all students. Throughout the school, technology is emphasized, and in the state-of-the-art high school, each student has access to a personal laptop. SIS also boasts the largest English library in Shenzhen with over 12000 volumes. The preferred choice by expatriates from major corporations including BP, IKEA, Samsung, Wal-mart, Microsoft and others, SIS is clearly the leading international school in Shenzhen.

Beijing City International School (BCIS) is one of the leading international schools located in central Beijing. As an IBO World School (we are authorised to offer the Diploma Program, and have candidate status for the Middle Years Program and the Primary Years Program), we offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum to students from Nursery through to Grade 11 (we will open Grade 12 in August 2008).

The focus for BCIS is offering a nurturing and supportive environment through its dedicated faculty and support systems. We achieve this in a number of ways.

Enjoying a purpose-built campus in the heart of the city, we are situated on a 51,000 square metres campus, close to the diplomatic compounds and accessible to various expatriate residential developments. We boast a comprehensive range of modern facilities, such as an outdoor running track, indoor swimming pool, 300-seat theatre, indoor rock climbing wall and music studios.

Dulwich College China is a co-educational school currently offering a first rate education to over 1500 students in Shanghai and Beijing. In Shanghai we offer programmes from Pre-School to Year 11 studying the English National Curriculum (ENC) followed by IGCSEs and the IB Diploma. We offer Pre-School to Year 10 in Beijing, with our youngest students studying a Montessori curriculum prior to the ENC. We will roll up to Year 13 in both schools in the coming years.

Dulwich College is a partner of Dulwich College London, one of England's most prestigious independent schools, giving us access to over 400 years experience in education.

If you would be interested in finding out more about our outstanding academic, sporting and co-curricular programmes please contact our Admissions Offices in Shanghai or Beijing. www.dulwichcollege.cn

The Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) is an international school with a difference. Through a fusion of its mission, philosophy, values and the enthusiasm and commitment of its staff, WAB provides a truly international education that prepares young people for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. WAB provides a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among its 1,400 students from 56 countries, with the mission to "educate each child to reach his or her full potential in a warm and caring community that fosters excellence and responsibility."

The Council for International Schools (CIS) has acclaimed WAB "by any standards, a remarkable school [that] has developed an enviable and richly deserved reputation for offering a vital, stimulating and challenging education to its very international student body."

The school follows the IB PYP, MYP and Diploma Programs from Nursery - Grade 12, emphasizing active, enquiry-based learning for the development of the whole child. The integrated curriculum develops attitudes of respect and responsibility, and provides opportunities for leadership, action and service.WAB is recognized internationally as a model IT school and provides a 1:1 wireless laptop environment for students and staff.

Embracing its host country, the school offers extensive Chinese language programs and unique experiential learning opportunities, including field trips throughout China.

WAB believes in balancing students' educational needs with their intellectual, social, emotional, physical, moral and aesthetic development. Extra curricular activities include sports, cultural, academic and leadership programs, and exchanges with other students across Beijing, China and the world.

Spread across a park-like campus, school section buildings are designed to provide welcoming, stimulating and age-appropriate learning environments. Facilities are extensive and include libraries, IT labs, arts studios, sports fields, gymnasiums, a swimming pool, climbing wall and an experiential outdoor education center located in the mountains on the outskirts of Beijing.

WAB is accredited by the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the NCCT (Chinese Accreditation) and is authorized by the International Baccalaureate organization.

As a recognized leader in international education, ISB offers nearly 1,900 students from over 50 countries exceptional resources in a state-of-the art facility. ISB in partnership with parents educates and inspires students to reach their unique potential and contribute positively to society by providing a world class education that is enriched by our diversity and the Chinese culture in which we live. The School provides a rigorous and exciting educational experience in what is an English-language day school. ISB provides education to the Lower Elementary School (PK 3-4 year olds – grade 2), Upper Elementary School (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12), with a principal for each division. ISB was established in 1980 by the embassies of the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand.

Located in Shunyi and just a short distance from Beijing International Airport, ISB offers a 600-seat professional theater, a six-lane competition swimming pool, four gymnasiums, two libraries, two cafeterias, 12 science laboratories, extensive outdoor sports grounds including a 400 meter track, stadium, baseball fields, tennis courts, numerous soccer fields and an outdoor learning environment.

At Dalian American International School, excellence is a standard, an expectation, and a state of mind. Nestled in a valley of the Golden Pebble Beach Resort, the school is committed to providing an academically challenging and developmentally appropriate learning environment. Encouraged by the Dalian local government and companies establishing a presence in the area, DAIS serves both the existing and the growing expatriate community relocating to this rapidly expanding region.

The recently completed purpose built facility provides over 8,000 sq. meters of learning space and enhances the delivery of high quality programs in the Arts and Sciences. The second phase of school buildings, to be completed in 2007, will include a gymnasium, swimming pool and a track and field complex.

DAIS is managed by International Schools Services (www.iss.edu), a non profit corporation dedicated to educational excellence for children attending international schools worldwide.



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