At Yew Chung International School of Qingdao (YCIS Qingdao), we are renowned for offering one of the most progressive and globally-minded programmes of international education in China.
Serving the Qingdao community since 2006, YCIS Qingdao is considered a leading international school in Qingdao. Our unique multicultural and bilingual education approach, with a focus on both English and Chinese language learning, is recognised globally, and helps distinguish our students in a globally competitive environment.
We accommodate the entire age range of Early Childhood Education (ECE), Primary, and Secondary students, from ages 2 to 18, from the diverse Qingdao expatriate community. As a school for expat children, our students come from over 30 countries and regions, and are educated by world-class teachers from more than 10 countries under our international curriculum that helps to create truly global-minded graduates.
YCIS Qingdao is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). Additionally, our Secondary Section is authorised as an accredited Cambridge International Examinations Centre, and we are the only school in China to have received the Cambridge Award for Excellence in Education.
YCIS Qingdao is accredited as an International Baccalaureate World School (IB). This enables YCIS Qingdao to offer the full IB Diploma Programme to our students in Years 12 and 13. The IBDP aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
At the root of our philosophy is the blend of two cultures, those of the East and West. We believe that in order to become competently bilingual, the real essence of a culture must not just be understood but truly valued. To this end, our Western and Chinese Co-Principals jointly lead their school. They represent the union of the East and West working closely alongside one another. Our unique Co-Teaching Model is implemented throughout Early Childhood and Primary year levels, which best supports the development of bilingual and cross-cultural skills. Our vibrant Chinese Studies Course, whose design is based upon extensive research, is integrated within the school curricula. Enriched with annual excursions to locations across China, the programme develops students’ cultural and historical appreciation of as well as a comprehensive portfolio of knowledge about their host country.
An experienced cohort of educators works in partnership with each school to provide a well-rounded, holistic learning approach for every subject and age group. The result is a unique programme drawing the best practices from around the world not restricted to a single national curriculum. The attainment of a strong grasp of soft skills is very much needed in the workplace today and will gain only greater importance for the next generation. Our researchers ensure our education model brings opportunities to the classroom to hone skills like research ability, critical thinking, analysis, creativity, problem solving, and collaborative working. The ultimate objective is for our graduates to gain the ability to succeed in an ever-changing globalised world throughout their adulthood.
The first Yew Chung School was established in 1932 by Madame Tsang Chor-hang at the age of 16, with a mission of making China stronger through education. Her class was made up of only kindergarten-aged students. Even during its humblest beginnings, Yew Chung’s passionate founder Madame Tsang Chor-hang held a profoundly advanced vision which became the root of Yew Chung’s philosophy today. Over subsequent decades, the breadth of education grew steadily to provide an equally enlightened education model for students from infancy all the way through to Secondary graduation. This development evolved and expanded to not just bring international education to students, but also serve as a pioneer for leading teaching methods. As the world has evolved and witnessed global changes, Yew Chung International Schools (YCIS) have remained a constant in international education and continue to be greatly sought after today. Each School is internationally accredited and authorised by international examination boards.
One of YCIS’s signature calling cards is its commitment to the development of each student’s moral code that will help them to make correct choices later in life. From Early Childhood to Upper Secondary, every YCIS student realises the importance of helping others in order to work towards creating a better world. These objectives of our Character Education Programme, emphasised in all daily lessons, weekly assemblies, and other activities beyond the classroom walls, are essential to the YCIS education and the creation of global citizens.