At YCIS, our Secondary programme enables all students to reach for and fulfil their highest academic potential in conjunction with their spiritual, social, moral, cultural, physical and creative development. The aim of the YCIS Secondary curriculum is to ensure that all students are provided with opportunities to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible global citizens, and caring contributors, ready for their futures ahead.

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Philosophy and Objectives

Incorporating both Western and Eastern cultures, our students experience a truly international, multicultural, and bilingual learning environment at YCIS, where linguistic skills in both English and Chinese are equally sharpened, as well as a deep understanding of and respect for cultural diversity and global awareness.


Our curriculum reflects our Philosophy & Objectives, culture and ethos. We are committed to delivering a curriculum that is international and holistic, as well as challenging and accessible to all students admitted to the school. The YCIS curriculum is research-based, and draws upon the strongest international curricula to form the YCIS curriculum frameworks used in Years 7–9 at each YCIS school. The International General Certificate of International Education Programme (Years 10–11), and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Years 12–13) are both internationally recognized as leading programmes of study and form the basis of our Upper Secondary curriculum. Our curriculum uniquely defines the essential skills, knowledge, concepts, values, and enduring understandings that enable our students to achieve academic and personal success at university and beyond.

A Holistic Education

Our Secondary programme incorporates skills and Co-curricular activities that provide numerous enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom, including creative and critical thinking activities, the YCIS Seeds of Hope Programme, clubs, sports and athletic competitions, Experiencing China excursions, applied arts exhibitions, and music and drama performances.


At each Secondary campus, two Co-Principals, one Western and one Chinese, oversee the programme. Our Co-Principals work as a pair, providing the academic leadership to the teachers, students, and YCIS community. They consult, collaborate, support, and complement each other and share equal authority and accountability over the whole school operation.

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