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 on March 1 and 2, 2014.
Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) is an international school with a variety of curricula drawn from the best elements of both Eastern and Western education. Its Early Childhood Education (Kindergarten) and Primary sections follow the National Curriculum for England (NCE) alongside a researched-based Chinese Language and Culture Program. Kindergarten and Primary classrooms incorporate a co-teaching model with one Western and one Chinese Teacher to create a fully immersed bilingual environment; and Secondary School students follow Key Stage 3 of the UK National Curriculum, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). YCIS Beijing is currently accredited by five accreditation authorities and all YCIS Schools became the first and only schools in China to be awarded the ‘Cambridge Award for Excellence in Education’ in 2012 by Cambridge International Examinations to honor their consistent years of academic achievement.
Founding date: August 1995
School type: International school
Grades offered: Kindergarten 2 (2 years old) to Year 13 (18 years old)
Is the school registered with the Ministry of Education? Yes
Accreditations: Council of International Schools (CIS), The National Centre for Curriculum & Textbook Development (NCCT), New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC). YCIS Beijing is also an International Baccalaureate School (IB) and a Cambridge International Examinations Centre (CIE).
Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year):
Application fee: RMB 2,000
Kindergarten 2 (Half Day): RMB 70,350
Kindergarten 2 (Full Day): RMB 115,500
Kindergarten 3: RMB 154,350
Kindergarten 4: RMB 161,700
Primary Year 1-3: RMB 197,950
Primary Year 4-6: RMB 203,300
Secondary Year 7-9: RMB 221,490
Secondary Year 10-11: RMB 236,470
Secondary Year 12-13: RMB 242,890
Transportation fee: RMB 9,300 (under 10km), RMB 10,960 (10-20km), RMB 12,700 (20-30km)
Lunch fee: RMB 24 per day (ECE-Y3), RMB 25 per day (Y4-6), RMB 27 per day (Y7-13)
Lunch offered: The school cafeteria has four sections: World Kitchen (which offers a variety of food from around the world every day), Salad and Sandwich Bar, Italian Food, and Daily Specials. The Student Cafe offers food for breakfast, healthy snacks and fruit juices. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available. Catering provided by Aramark.
Uniforms are included in the school fee.
Scholarships offered: Overall Scholarship, Merit Scholarship and Music Scholarships
Age range: 2-18
Number of students: 800
Nationality of students: US, UK, Australia, Canada, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and more
Foreign passport holders accepted? Yes
Local Chinese students accepted? No
Primary teaching languages: English and Chinese
Other languages taught: Italian, French and Chinese are offered as after-school activities.
Class size: 16-24 (depends on year level)
Teacher/student ratio: 1:8 in Kindergarten, 1:12 in Primary, 1:24 in Secondary
School hours: 8am-3pm
After-school activities: 40 ASAs in Secondary and in 55 ASAs in Primary, including art, drama, music, sports, Model United Nations, orchestra, interschool sports competitions and more
Special needs program offered: Yes, on a case-by-case basis.
Extra help offered: English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes are offered for non-native English speakers.
School facilities: Primary Library, Secondary Library, Auditorium, Honglingjin Park’s Fields are used for Football and Athletics, 3 Apple Mac Labs, 1 Dell Computer Lab, Music Room, Student Cafe, IB Lounge, School Cafeteria, Roof-Top Golf Course, Indoor and Outdoor Playgrounds, Gymnasium, Parent Room, Art Rooms, Dance Studio, Presentation Rooms, All Classrooms have IQ Filters, Larger Areas have HVAC IQ Air Filters, Violin Room, One-on-One Music Tutoring Rooms, Science Labs.
Total area: 15,850sqm
School nurse or doctor available? Yes
Contact: East gate of Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District (8583
3731, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.ycis-bj.com 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门
Word from a Parent:
“We chose YCIS Beijing because of its bilingual education with an international curriculum, which allows students to take advantage of living here through Chinese learning. Language is so important these days and is something that is much weaker in other schools that follow one country’s curriculum. We pretty much love everything about YCIS Beijing, especially the friendly, family environment. This is a school for those parents who want their children to get the most out of their time here in Beijing whilst meeting all criteria of an international curriculum with strong values and a character-based school community.”
Sharon and Bryan Carr (Australia), parents of Matthew (6) and Amelie (7)
For more information on the 2014-2015 School Choice Guide email email@example.com and click here to view the 2013-2014 School Choice Guide on ISSUU. For more information on participating in our upcoming School Choice Fair on March 1-2, 2014, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To pre-register for the School Choice Fair click here.
Photo courtesy of YCIS