- How is YCIS Beijing unique? What makes the YCIS experience special?
Yew Chung International School of Beijing combines the best of Eastern and Western cultures by promoting fluency in two major world languages, creating a truly multicultural and bilingual learning environment, and by providing excellent role models through our Co-Teacher and Co-Principal models. The Yew Chung international curriculum and philosophy equips children not only to become well-rounded, but also transforms them into global-minded, competitive, appreciative, and caring global citizens.
YCIS Beijing is one of only five international schools in China to hold the prestigious joint accreditations through Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and National Centre for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT). YCIS Beijing is also authorised to offer IGCSE, IBDP, and it is the only international school in China to receive the Cambridge Award for Excellence in Education from the University of Cambridge International Examinations.
- What is the background of your teachers?
Our teachers are fully qualified and come from over 20 different countries. In most cases, our Western teachers are from countries/regions such as England, the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland. We also have teachers from our host country of mainland China as part of our unique Co-Teaching programme.
Both our Western and Chinese teachers are required to have undergraduate degrees and teaching certificates or degrees from their respective countries, as well as at least two years of teaching experience.
- What are your school hours?
School hours depend on the programme the students attend. The following is a breakdown of school hours:
K2 half-day: 8–11.30 a.m.
K2–4 full-day: 8 a.m. – 3.15 p.m.
Year 1–13: 8 a.m. – 3.15 p.m.
- What curriculum framework do you use?
• Early Childhood Education (K2-K4): our learning approach is fully bilingual and based on The Early Years Foundation Stage from England.
• Primary and Lower Secondary (Y1-Y9): an internationalised version of the National Curriculum for England infused with Chinese language and culture lessons, violin instruction, and Character Education.
• Secondary (Y10-Y11): International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
• Secondary (Y12-Y13): International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB).
- Does the school have Co-curricular activities?
Yes, for students in Year 1 and above, YCIS Beijing offers a wide range of Co-curricular activities two afternoons per week. Some examples of activities that have been offered are soccer, basketball, floor hockey, inline skating, Chinese cultural crafts, Lego technology and many more. Many of these activities are free, but some have a cost involved when outside experts come onto campus.
- Does YCIS Beijing require a uniform?
Yes, for students in K3 and above. Each year, a full uniform set is provided free of charge and includes a summer and winter dress set and sport set. Students supply their own footwear: one pair of black, leather lace-up or Velcro shoes and one pair of black or white (or combination black and white) sport shoes.
- What is your discipline policy?
We have a progressive discipline policy that aims to develop the students along a continuum toward becoming self-disciplined, moral, ethical and socially responsible individuals. The discipline system is implemented through a cohesive whole-school approach, and addresses such matters as conduct, behaviour, the uniform, homework, etc.
- Do you accept non-English speakers?
We endeavour to accept students ranging from those with lower English ability to those who are native English speakers. We have an English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme in place to support students who are not native English speakers. The curriculum for Years 10-13 demands an especially high level of English; interested applicants to these programmes should consult the Admissions Office regarding entrance requirements.
- When does your school year start and finish? When are your holidays?
Our academic year starts in mid-August and ends in late June, running on a two-semester system. For details, please refer to the School Calendar.
- Where is your school located?
We have a downtown campus conveniently located at the East Gate of Honglingjin Park. To view maps and details, please refer to the Visit Our School section.
- Does the School provide school bus transportation?
Yes, we have a great number of bus routes available to the campus . The school bus is optional, as some families prefer to make alternate arrangements for transportation. Normally the pick-up/drop-off point is at the main gate or clubhouse of each housing compound.
- Do you accept new students during the school year?
Yes, as a service to the mobile global community, we attempt to accept students throughout the entire current academic year. Some restrictions may apply with respect to certain programmes offered (i.e. the IBDP programme), or limited seating for certain year levels.
- What are the maximum class sizes?
Class (Age) Teacher: Student Ratio for Maximum Class Size
• K2 (2-3 years old) 2:16
• K3 (3-4 years old) 2:22
• K4 (4-5 years old) 2:24
• Primary, Years 1-6 (5-11 years old) 2:25
• Secondary, Years 7-11 (11-16 years old) 1:25
• Secondary, Years 12-13 (16-18 years old) 1:20
From K2 through Y6, students benefit from our unique co-teaching model with two fully qualified teachers in each class. With the deployment of additional specialist teachers in Chinese, English as an Additional Language, Art, Music and ICT, the actual student teacher ratio is quite advantageous. When students break into language classes, they are often in small groupings according to their level.
- Does your school provide hot lunches?
Yes. While students are able to bring home lunches to school, hot lunches are available through an international catering company (Chartwells) that manages the cafeteria for the School. The school lunches are not included in the school fees, except for K2 full-day students.
- What amount of homework should students expect?
The school will ensure that homework is an integral part of the curriculum and is planned and prepared alongside all other learning programmes. Teachers will give homework according to the age, ability, and circumstances of the students, taking into account individual learning needs.
There is no official homework assigned for the Kindergarten students. In the Primary Section, all students are expected to read every night, in addition to Chinese assignments and other subject work, as assigned. Depending on the child, year group, and nature of the homework, times vary between 20 and 90 minutes per night. For the Secondary Section, homework time varies between 90 and 150 minutes per night in Years 7-9, and between 180 and 210 minutes per night in Years 10-13.
- Do you guarantee places for all applicants in your school?
Upon submitting the online application and paying the application fee, a student’s application will be active and Admissions will begin processing. The next steps include submitting the required application documents. In addition to an extensive review of the application materials and previous school reports, there may also be an interview, a placement test, and/or a subject selection process involved (depending on the year level). If the application is approved, an Offer of Placement letter will be issued and a seat reserved upon payment of school fees (by the specified deadline). Existing students have automatic seat reservations for each new school year as long as school fee payment deadlines are met.
- What colleges and universities do your students attend?
Graduates from YCIS Beijing attend a wide variety of colleges and universities around the world, with studies in a broad range of disciplines. For a complete list, please refer to the University Acceptance Profile.
- Does the School have a parent organisation?
Yes. The YCIS Beijing Parent Organisation is thriving. Parents can participate in a large variety of seminars, classes, and school community events. There are monthly Parent Organisation meetings in the school and a Parent Luncheon spot is chosen around Beijing to enable participation of parents who live far from school or are at work.
- Is the School involved in the community?
Yes, the School supports workshops and activities open to the community throughout the year. In addition, IBDP students participate in the community as part of their Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) commitment. The School supports our own Seeds of Hope charity, and other charitable organisations such as Hopeful Hearts and Roundabout. Over the past five years, YCIS’ Student Council has raised enough money to establish a community library for underprivileged children in Beijing.
- Does the School have a career or guidance counsellor?
Yes, YCIS Beijing provides career counselling for students from Years 10 - 13. Special programmes run throughout the year in which students receive support and guidance with respect to career paths, subject selections, and the university and college application process. The school's University Guidance Counsellors work with students on an individual and group basis. In addition, they lead a number of informative workshops for parents throughout the year on topics such as the university application process.
- Besides English, does YCIS Beijing offer any other language training?
Yes, Chinese (Mandarin) is a compulsory course and is at the heart of the YCIS curriculum. Primary and Secondary students study Chinese language for a full period every day, and Primary students also have a Chinese Studies class once per week. The Chinese Curriculum at YCIS Beijing is divided into two sections: Chinese as an Additional Language (CAL), and Chinese as a First Language (CFL). Students are placed into different levels according to their language background, needs, and ability. Please refer to the Chinese Curriculum section for more information.
IGCSE students (Years 10–11) are welcome to sit for additional modern foreign language examinations, as we are a test centre and can provide syllabi and suggestions for further study.
IBDP students with English or Chinese as their mother tongue take A1 language. For students whose first language is a language other than English or Chinese, we offer an Intensive English Programme (IEP). If the number of students allows and if required by the IB regulations, the school will employ a dedicated language teacher to offer A1 language to a minimum of five students.
We recognise the value of our multilingual students and encourage our students to become bilingually focused during their time at YCIS Beijing.
- Would my child be expected to take any external exams for Chinese?
Yes, for our IGCSE students (Years 10 - 11), external exams for either IGCSE Foreign Language Chinese or IGCSE First Language Chinese are taken after completing the two-year IGCSE course. For our IB students (Years 12 - 13), the external exams are IB Chinese A1, A2, B, and Ab Initio. Please note that examination fees are included in our school fees.
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