Years 7–9 (Ages 11–14)

The curriculum of our Lower Secondary programme (students aged 11–14), developed by YCIS, includes best research-based practices, Chinese language, global citizenship, and international character education. Subjects are interconnected in our multidisciplinary approach. This holistic international education is designed to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, concepts, and understanding to achieve success in internationally recognized qualifications and become caring global citizens.

Four YCIS Secondary students wear YCIS uniform using computer in the YCIS campus

Chinese Language and Culture Programme

In YCIS’s globally recognised Chinese Language and Culture Programme, students’ language and cultural competencies are developed. Our Chinese courses are divided into: Chinese as an Additional Language (CAL) and Chinese as a First Language (CFL). Students are grouped into different classes according to their language background and their particular needs, helping them to develop their abilities in Mandarin Chinese in a suitable way. Furthermore, Secondary students acquaint themselves with Chinese culture while participating in regular cultural activities and culture studies courses.

English Language and Literature Programme

Students are grouped according to individual needs and experience, and join either the English as an Additional Language (EAL) or English Language and Literature programme (ELL). Both explore English culture in daily lessons; in addition, ELL students undertake novel studies. There is also an English Intensive Programme (EIP) to assist students who have very little previous experience of the language.

Three YCIS Secondary students wear YCIS uniform in the school

Character Education

To align with the YCIS Philosophy & Objectives, our Character Education programme in our Lower Secondary programme helps foster positive moral values and principles, and educates the whole child. Through lessons and a wide range of activities across and beyond the curriculum, students gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthy lives and learn to meet the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural challenges that they face as they approach adulthood.

One YCIS Secondary student drawing a picture


At YCIS, we believe that art and culture should play an essential role in the school’s programme and the life of our students, both inside and outside our classrooms. They are encouraged to think creatively and produce imaginative pieces of art. Through our Secondary Art courses, students build and improve their knowledge of materials, processes, and practices, and engage confidently with art, craft, and design, both in the contemporary world as well as that of different cultures and periods of history.

Three YCIS Primary students wear YCIS uniform playing drums


In our Music programme, Lower Secondary students focus on listening, performing, and creating. They are encouraged to discern music from different styles, genres, and parts of the world. Our students are encouraged to work both individually and in groups, learn to evaluate their own and others' contributions.

Throughout the year, YCIS students participate in a wide range of music activities and gain confidence as creators and performers.

Three YCIS Secondary students wear YCIS shirts playing rugby


In our Physical Education (PE) course at the Secondary level, learning areas are interrelated and contribute to the development of healthy, active lifestyles for students. Our students also build interpersonal skills such as team communication, conflict resolution by refereeing, and decision-making skills in planning tactics and strategies. Our YCIS Qingdao Secondary also organises a wide range of sports teams, and students have the opportunity to compete in leagues against other international schools, both locally (QISN) and China-wide (ACAMIS).

A group of YCIS Secondary students went to a school trip

Trips and Excursions

In addition to regular class field trips scheduled for the Secondary curriculum, YCIS students have the opportunity to travel throughout China as well as to other countries through our Experiencing China programme and Service Learning Trip programme. In our Experiencing China programme, students gain cultural appreciation in a series of trips to different regions in China, such as Guilin, Xiamen, and Inner Mongolia. Our Service Learning Trip programme, in conjunction with our Seeds of Hope Charity, provides opportunities for our students to visit local, regional, and international locations with an emphasis on charity.

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