- How is YCIS Qingdao unique? What makes YCIS Qingdao special?
YCIS Qingdao is special due to its unique philosophy and objectives which describe the pioneering of a new paradigm in international education.
YCIS Qingdao is committed to educating the whole person from infancy through secondary education. We strive to unite the best elements of Eastern and Western traditions and practices, to promote the growth of the individual and the inquiring mind as well as to develop a sense of personal responsibility and social welfare of all. The YCIS Qingdao’s international curriculum is designed to be developmentally appropriate for each age level, rooted in bilingual learning in multicultural environments utilising instructional and information technology, fusing both Western and Chinese philosophies for character formation. Our fully rounded approach to education involves cooperation with parents, family, community and world around us.
- What is the placement deposit? What is it used for?
The placement deposit is a one-time, refundable, non-interest bearing deposit required to secure your child(ren)'s place when you accept the offer of placement issued by the school.
The purpose of the placement deposit is two-fold:
- To secure a place at the school for the following school year, and
- To settle any outstanding fees after the student’s withdrawal
- Do I have to pay the placement deposit every year?
No. The placement deposit is a one-time payment required upon accepting the offer of placement issued by the school.
- My company sponsors our child(ren)'s education expenses, will this be covered?
Different companies have different policies on education sponsorship. It is recommended that parents check with their employer’s human resources department on related issues.
- What sort of official document will I get in return once I paid the placement deposit to the school?
Once a placement deposit is received, we issue you a receipt. Please keep this receipt as you will need to return it when we refund the placement deposit.
“Fa piao” will not be issued for payment of placement deposits because the placement deposit is not considered an income of the school. It is a non-interest bearing deposit to be refunded upon your child(ren)’s completion of education with YCIS Qingdao or withdrawal.
- Does the placement deposit guarantee a place at the school?
Payment of a placement deposit will not, in and of itself, guarantee a school placement; all other admissions and school requirements still must be met. The placement deposit guarantees the student’s re-enrolment until the following term’s fees or the following year’s fees are due.
- Will the placement deposit be credited against tuition fees?
The placement deposit will not be credited against tuition fees. The placement deposit serves as the student’s guarantee of re-enrolment until the following term or following year’s tuition fees are due. The school however reserves the right, but is under no obligation, to apply the placement deposit to settle any amounts unpaid owing to the school.
- Does the placement deposit apply to an internal transfer student?
Each of our school is independently registered and operated. All fees are subject to the new school attended. Currently the placement deposit system is implemented for all YCIS schools in mainland China. In case of an internal transfer within mainland China, your child(ren)’s placement deposit will be transferred to the new school attended. Adjustment of the placement deposit amount may be required. If a student is an internal transfer from the YCIS schools in Hong Kong or Silicon Valley to the YCIS schools in mainland China, a placement deposit is required.
- Where is your school located?
Bld. 7, 36 Laoshan Road,
Qingdao, Shandong 266100, China
72 Taihangshan Road,
Economic & Technology Development Zone,
Huangdao, Shandong 266555, China
- When does your school year start and finish?
The school year starts in mid August and finishes late June.
- What are your school hours?
The school hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
- Does the school provide school bus transportation to the school?
The school has many bus routes available. School bus is optional, as some families prefer to make alternate arrangements for transportation. Bus routes are flexible to the extent that in most cases a request for a pick-up/drop-off point to be added to an existing route can be granted. Three working days are required to process such an application and to study if the addition is possible.
- How much are the tuition fees?
Please refer to our current fee schedule for full details.
- Do you have any miscellaneous fees?
No, there is an all inclusive tuition fee cost.
- Where are your Western teachers from?
In most cases, our Western teachers come from English-speaking Western countries or regions, such as Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United States.
- Are your teachers qualified?
Yes. 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 curriculum do you use?
The school offers quality education across a broad spectrum ranging from Early Childhood Education to senior Secondary education for 2-year-olds and above. It follows the YCIS international curriculum, which is based on the National Curriculum for England, augmented with Chinese language and culture lessons. The International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme is used for Year 10 students. Year 12 students progress towards YCIS Diploma or A Level programme.
- 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 (except June). Some restrictions may apply, however, with respect to certain programmes offered, i.e. the IGCSE or A Level programme.
- What are the class sizes?
The class sizes vary by campus and by the year level. The following list shows the maximum class size for each year level:
Class / Age
for Maximum Class Size
K1 (1-2 years old)
K2 (2-3 years old)
K3 (3-4 years old)
K4 (4-5 years old)
Primary Years 1-6 (5 to 11 years old)
Secondary Years 7-11 (11 to 16 years old)
Secondary Years 12-13 (16 to 18 years old)
This class maximum applies to rooms of standard size, and thus some classes may be smaller than the maximum. Due to the demand for space, we believe that the maximum enrolment may be reached in many classes by December. In January, class sizes may decrease slightly due to departing students and increase again in February as new students arrive mid-year. When classes fill, waiting lists are established until vacancies open.
We make every attempt not to exceed these sizes. In exceptional cases, one additional student may be added to avoid breaking up a family with multiple children. With two fully trained teachers in each class from K2 to Year 6 and the deployment of specialised teachers in Chinese, English as an Additional Language, Art, Music and ICT, the actual student to teacher ratio is quite advantageous compared to other schools, and when students break into language classes, they are often in smaller groupings.
- Do YCIS Qingdao students wear a uniform?
Yes. The uniform is an important feature of our school. Upon enrolling with the school, the uniform is provided free of charge. A summer and winter regular dress uniform and a summer and winter sport uniform are provided; additional sets may be purchased from the school office at an extra cost. Students are required to acquire the uniform prior to commencing classes.
As ambassadors for the school, students are representatives of the school’s high expectations and standards. With this in mind, the school attempts to maintain a high standard with its uniform code, which includes guidelines on how to wear the uniform (e.g. no mixing of summer and winter sets), what jewellery can be worn, what type of footwear, and hair requirements.
- How do I order uniform for my child?
At the beginning of the academic year, the school will provide one complimentary set of uniforms to each student. Additional uniforms can be purchased at the school office.
- Does your school provide hot lunches?
Yes. While students are able to bring home lunches to school, hot lunches are available through a professional catering company in the cafeteria of the school.
- What supplies are needed to bring to school?
Our students need not provide their own stationery, exercise books, arts and crafts materials and equipment, or subject resource materials; all will be provided.
- What amount of homework should students expect?
While some homework is assigned for practising skills and ideas learned during a school day, homework is designed to be interesting and developmental. The amount assigned varies depending on the age and the class level of the student. Students in Lower Primary classes may be given 40-60 minutes whereas students in the Upper Primary may have 90-105 minutes of homework a day. These times include homework from both Western and Chinese teachers. Students in the Upper Primary are expected to do homework for their main subjects every night but students in the Lower Primary classes have designated days for each subject－except spelling and reading that must be practised daily. When students are not assigned homework, they are encouraged to read for enjoyment. A book every two to three days should be the goal.
Once students enter the Secondary section, they need to adopt a more systematic approach of reviewing their work each day. Years 7-9 students should be doing at least 15-20 hours of homework a week. Students in the IGCSE, if they want to be successful, should be doing 20-30 hours of homework a week. Discipline learned in doing homework each day will prepare students to perform strongly in the examinations. When students are not doing assigned homework, they must read. A book a week should be the goal.
- Do you have extra-curricular activities?
We offer a variety of extra-curricular activities including sports, crafts, music, chess, school newspaper, computer, cooking and many more great activities.
- Do you guarantee places for students in your schools?
YCIS Qingdao is committed to providing a "through train" education to its students. This means that current students are given priority to a place in the next class and the next section. Thus a student is guaranteed－assuming satisfactory academic progress, satisfactory behaviour, timely payment of the fees, and availability of space－to continue his or her studies in YCIS Qingdao.
- Does YCIS Qingdao accept non-English speakers?
YCIS Qingdao accepts students ranging from those of non-English speaking backgrounds with low English ability to native English speakers. YCIS Qingdao has created different and special English programmes in order to serve a variety of English ability needs. Please note that the IGCSE programme for Years 10 and 11 demand an especially high level of English ability. Interested applicants to these programmes should consult the Admissions Office about entrance requirements.
- What colleges and universities do your students attend?
YCIS Qingdao students have been accepted into colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
For a complete list, please contact our Admissions Office or refer to the University Acceptance Profile.
- How can you help my child successfully enter a college or university?
This is a commonly asked question by parents at introductory meetings and during interviews. YCIS Qingdao prides itself on how it prepares students for university entrance and university studies and commits itself to providing a curriculum of studies that nurtures, guides and strengthens the aptitudes and abilities of each student toward this goal. If a student's dream is to go to university, YCIS Qingdao is committed to providing the appropriate learning environment, encouragement and support in making it happen. In addition, the school will use its good connections through the foundations' International Education Services Office to obtain university placements for students.
YCIS Qingdao recruits qualified, trained, and committed teachers to provide a school environment that is conducive to students' learning. Good parenting, good teachers and good schools are all important in helping your child be successful at school.
- Besides English, does YCIS Qingdao offer any other language training?
Yes. Chinese－Putonghua (Mandarin) is a compulsory course. Chinese curriculum at YCIS Qingdao is divided into two sections: Chinese as a First Language (CFL) and Chinese as an Additional Language (CAL). Students are placed into different classes according to their language background and their particular needs, thus helping improve their Chinese ability to a greater extent.
- Would my child be expected to take any external examinations for Chinese?
Yes. For our IGCSE students (Years 10 and 11), external exams for either IGCSE First Language Chinese or IGCSE Foreign Language Mandarin Chinese are sat for, after completing the two-year IGCSE course. Examination fees are payable by the parents and not the school.
- Can our children transfer within the network of YCIS schools?
All Yew Chung International Schools operate under the same Yew Chung educational philosophy, pedagogy and curricula. Under our internal transfer policy, families who have a need to relocate can apply for a transfer to any school in our network of schools in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and Qingdao in China and Silicon Valley in the United States.
- How do you prepare students to be well-rounded individuals?
YCIS Qingdao is committed to the development of well-rounded individuals－academically, culturally, spiritually and in global leadership. Our strong academic programme provides students with a bilingual learning environment of learning that incorporates the best of the Chinese and Western cultures with an emphasis on being proficient in English and Chinese. Our cultural programme emphasises the importance of music, art, drama and design and the importance of developing and nurturing the creative potential in all students. In particular, the school is committed to having a strong instrumental music programme recognising the potential it has for developing students' intelligence in mathematics, science and computers.
Spiritual values are conveyed to students through the school-wide Personal and Social Education curriculum and the Community Service Programme in which students are expected to be involved in initiatives to assist charities and in helping others less fortunate than themselves. As YCIS Qingdao is committed to hiring teachers of good character who live their Christian values, students are provided with role models that will help them become spiritually stronger.
The World Classroom provides opportunities for global leadership because it enables students to experience different countries and to interact with different cultures and their people. It also enables students to learn about and examine their own and other cultures, thereby opening the door to cross-cultural understanding, critical thinking, resistance to stereotyping and an appreciation of other people's points of view.