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At YCIS, our Primary school campuses are full of life, and host a wealth of meaningful learning opportunities that help provide a truly international primary school experience in Qingdao for students in Years 1–6.

One YCIS Primary student wears YCIS t-shirt holding a book

Philosophy & Objectives

Our internationally focused YCIS Curriculum provides both a strong academic and well-rounded education – from cross-cultural experiences and an emphasis on learning about Chinese language and culture, with extensive music, arts, and sports activities, to an education designed to help develop their moral compass. Our campuses are truly places where learning is celebrated and where our students are encouraged to become people who have character and integrity, hold strong positive values, know themselves, and will become global citizens committed to making a difference in our world.


YCIS’s International Primary school curriculum is based on the framework of the National Curriculum for England with the added benefit of an extensive Chinese Language and Culture Programme, as well as the school’s Character Education Programme.


Similar to the YCIS Qingdao international Kindergarten Programme, our Primary school also has two fully-qualified teachers present in all classrooms. One Western teacher and one Chinese teacher help to implement a bilingual learning environment in English and Chinese. Our Co-Teachers share equal authority in the classroom, and together they plan and implement lessons that provide students with an English primary school and Chinese primary school environment in Qingdao.


At each Primary campus, two Co-Principals, one Western and one Chinese, partner to provide academic leadership and oversee the implementation of Primary education at YCIS Qingdao. Their engagement in the community, leadership, and multicultural collaboration helps to create a truly international experience for our students.

A Well Rounded and Balanced Education At YCIS Qingdao

Our international Primary school teaches our elementary aged children about a wealth of different subjects, including both English and Chinese languages, Mathematics, History Geography, Science, Physical Education, Music, Art, Design & Technology, and Information and Communication Technology. Students in Primary also have the opportunity to participate in our robust Co-curricular Programme to further develop their skills in a wide-range of areas.