- How is YCIS Qingdao unique? What makes YCIS Qingdao special?
YCIS Qingdao is blazing new trails in international education by combining the best of Eastern and Western cultures, promoting fluency in two major languages, and creating a truly multicultural, bilingual learning environment. Our co-teachers and co-principal also provide valuable role models. The Yew Chung international curriculum cultivates well-rounded and caring global citizens.
- Where do your teachers come from?
Our teachers are fully qualified in their fields and come from over 10 countries. Most of our Western teachers are recruited from England, the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland and we also have local Chinese teachers as part of our unique co-teaching model.
Both Western and Chinese teachers are required to possess undergraduate degrees, teaching certificates or degrees from their respective countries, as well as at least two years of teaching experience.
- What are your school hours?
8am – 3.15pm
- What curriculum framework does the school use?
Early Childhood Education (K2–K4): fully bilingual learning approach based on The Early Years Foundation Stage from England
Primary and Lower Secondary (Years 1–9): an internationalised version of the National Curriculum for England infused with classes in Chinese, Chinese Culture, Violin, and Character Education.
Secondary (Years 10–11): International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
Secondary (Years 12–13): International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
- Does the school have Co-curricular activities?
There is a wide range of activities offered for students in Year 1 and above, including football, basketball, orchestra, rollerblading, Chinese cultural crafts, dance, robotics, tennis, chess club and many more.
- Does the school require uniform?
Yes. This includes a summer and winter formal set and a set for sport. You can check the details in our Parents’ Handbook. Uniforms are available for purchase on the school uniform platform.
- What is your discipline policy?
We have a progressive discipline policy that aims to develop students as self-disciplined, moral, ethical and socially responsible individuals. The policy is implemented at all school levels, and addresses matters as personal conduct, social behaviour, uniform code, homework, and so on.
- Does the school accept non-English speakers?
We endeavour to accept all students from native English speakers to those with a lower English ability. We have an English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme, however, the Years 10-13 curriculum 3 demand a high English proficiency level Interested applicants should consult the Admissions Division regarding the entrance criteria.
- When does the school year start and finish? When are your holidays?
Our school year starts in mid-August and ends late June. It is a two-semester system. For details, please refer to the School Calendar.
- Where is the school located?
We are conveniently and centrally located in Qingdao’s Huangdao District.
- Does the school provide school bus service?
We have a number of bus routes. The school bus service is optional as some families prefer their own arrangements. Normally the pick-up/drop-off point is at one of the main gates ofthe housing complex.
- Does the school accept new students during the school year?
We accept students throughout the entire academic year whilst restrictions may apply with respect to certain programmes ie: the IBDP.
- What are the maximum class sizes?
Class (Age) Teacher: Student Ratio
K2–3 (2–4 years old) 2:18
K4 (4–5 years old) 2:25
Years 1–6 (5–11 years old) 2:25
Years 7–11 (11–16 years old) 1:25
Years 12–13 (16–18 years old) 1:25
From K2 through Year 6, 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 (EAL), Art, Music and ICT, the actual teacher student ratio is kept relatively low. Students are often arranged in smaller groups based on their language level.
- Does the school provide hot lunches?
Hot lunches are available and for purchase on campus. Students may also pack their own lunch.
- What amount of homework should students expect?
Homework is an integral part of the curriculum and is planned and prepared along with the other learning programmes. Teachers will assign homework according to the age, ability and circumstances of each student, with their individual learning needs taken into consideration.
There is no official homework assigned for kindergarten students. Primary students are expected to read every day in addition to 20-90 minutes of Chinese assignments and other subject work. For the secondary section, homework time is about 90 minutes every day (including 20 minutes of Chinese homework) in Years 7–9. This goes up to 120 to 150 minutes per day (including 30 minutes of Chinese homework) for Years 10–13.
- Does the school guarantee places for all applicants?
Upon submitting the Online Admissions Application Form and paying the application fee, the application will be deemed active and admissions will begin its processing. The next steps include the submission of required 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 place reserved upon payment of school fees by the specified deadline. Existing students will have their place reserved automatically for each new school year provided school fees have been paid.
- What colleges and universities do your students go to ?
Graduates from YCIS Qingdao are regularly enrolled in a wide variety of colleges and universities around the world. Their study fields cover 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 parent organisation is a very active group that plays an important role within the school and the community.
- Is the school involved in the community?
Yes. During the school year we focus on three main service learning projects:
- Seeds of Hope: A service learning project supported by all YCYW schools with a focus on improving the lives of underprivileged children.
- Jiaonan Deaf School and The Oriental Cambridge Children’s Rehabilitation Center: A long term partnership with children with hearing or intellectual disabilities
- Giving Tree: A yearly project that sends carefully chosen necessities to underprivileged children in our community. Jiaonan Deaf School and The Oriental Cambridge Children’s Rehabilitation Center are the current beneficiaries.
- Does the school have a career or university guidance counsellor?
YCIS Qingdao provides career counselling for students from Year 10–13. Special programmes throughout the year provide support and guidance with regard to career path, subject selection, and the university application process. The school’s Careers and University Guidance Counsellors work with students on an individual and group basis. They also lead a number of informative workshops for parents throughout the year on topics such as the university application process.
- Besides English, does YCIS Qingdao offer any other language training?
Chinese (Mandarin) is a compulsory course and is at the heart of the YCIS curriculum. Primary and secondary students study Chinese for a full period every day, and a Chinese Studies class once a week. The Chinese curriculum at YCIS Qingdao is divided into two sections: Chinese as an Additional Language (CAL), and Chinese as a First Language (CFL). Students are placed according to their language background, needs, and ability. YCIS Qingdao is also offering Korean classes for Years 10-13 students with Korean as their mother tongue.
We offer two options if a student has a mother language other than Chinese, English or Korean. 1) If the number of students is around five, the school will employ a dedicated language teacher. 2) For Years 12 and 13, if less than two students possess the skills required and have a proven online learning ability, the school will offer self-learning literature courses. The school values the multilingual proficiency of students so knowledge of at least two languages is greatly encouraged.
IGCSE students (Years 10–11) are welcome to sit for additional modern foreign language examinations. As a test centre, the school can provide information on the syllabus and suggestions for further study.
- Would my child be expected to take any external exams for Chinese?
Our IGCSE students (Years 10 –11) will sit forexternal exams in either Foreign Language Chinese or First Language Chinese after completing the two-year course. Our IBDP students (Years 12–13) will take external exams for Chinese A Language and Literature, Mandarin B, or Mandarin Ab Initio. Please note that examination fees are included in our school fees.
Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to email our Admissions Division at firstname.lastname@example.org