For the coming weeks, we will be highlighting local and international schools around Beijing from our upcoming 2014-2015 School Choice Guide, which comes out in early February 2014. Scroll down for more information on how to participate in our annual school choice fair in March 2014.
Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA) combines a US standards-based curriculum with strong Chinese elements (language and mathematics), taught within a vibrant and creative international environment. The school’s modern Shunyi campus continues to expand in response to strong demand for its unique curriculum. In addition to academics, BIBA emphasizes development of the whole student via an array of sports, music, performing arts, and other programs.
Founding date: 2006
School type: International bilingual school with US National and Chinese curricula
Grades offered: K-10 (eventually K-12)
Is the school registered with the Ministry of Education? Yes
Accreditations: BIBA is a WASC candidate school and has applied for IB Diploma accreditation.
Tuition fees (2013-14 academic year*):
- Application fee: RMB 1,600
- Pre-K (ages 2-4): RMB 70,000 plus RMB 10,000 capital levy fee
- Reception (age 5): RMB 80,000 plus RMB 10,000 capital levy fee
- Elementary School (Grades 1-5): RMB 120,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy fee
- Middle School (Grades 6-8): RMB 130,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy fee
- High School (Grades 9-12): RMB 140,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy fee
- Uniform fee: RMB 1,500
- Lunch fee: RMB 24-27/day
- Transportation fee: RMB 7,000-10,000/year depending on distance
*A sibling discount of 20 percent applies for second and subsequent siblings.
Age range: 2.5-15
Number of students: 730
Nationality of students: Over 20 nationalities
Foreign passport holders accepted? Yes
Local Chinese students accepted? Yes
Primary teaching languages: English and Chinese
Class size: 15-20
Teacher/student ratio: Average 1:7
School hours: Mon-Fri 8.05 am-3.40pm, 8.05 am-4.40pm (ASA days)
After-school activities: Tennis, football, choir, band, karate, basketball, and more (offered four days a week). BIBA is also the Shunyi host school for the International Piano Academy of China (IPAC).
Special needs programs offered: Full-time resources and counseling staff
Extra help offered: ESL and CSL classes, and additional tutoring support available
School facilities: Cafeterias, a gymnasium, soccer pitches, basketball and volleyball courts, libraries, science labs, dance studios, art, calligraphy, drama, and music rooms.
Total area: 40,000sqm
School nurse or doctor available? Yes, BIBA has three full-time qualified nurses on staff.
Contact: Monet Garden, 5 Yumin Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District (80410390, email@example.com) www.bibachina.org顺义区后沙峪裕民大街5号
Word from a Parent:
“Having had the opportunity to live in China while our children were young, it was important for us to choose a school that offered a well-balanced education with both a western and Chinese curriculum. We wanted a real bilingual and bicultural experience while ensuring a high-quality, transferrable education. Not only has BIBA given my children a great foundation in both English and Chinese, but they have also been exposed to a global perspective in the classroom. Teachers at BIBA are nurturing and creative, and work with a diverse student body to bring out the best in each individual child. Because of this, my children have tapped into their academic aptitudes as well as discovered their artistic and athletic talents. They have been in kindergarten, primary and middle schoolhere. We are now looking forward to them progressing to BIBA’s high school, which opened this year.”Nicolle LaFleur (US), mom of Téa (age 13) and Chanté (age 5)
For more information on the 2014-2015 School Choice Guide email firstname.lastname@example.org and click here to view the 2013-2014 School Choice Guide on ISSUU. For more information on our upcoming School Choice Fair on March 1-2, 2014, please e-mail email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of BIBA