- How is YCIS Qingdao unique? What makes YCIS Qingdao special?
YCIS combines the best of Eastern and Western cultures by promoting fluency in two major world languages, creating a truly multicultural and bilingual learning environment, and by providing excellent role models through our Co-Teaching and Co-Principal models. The Yew Chung international curriculum and philosophy equips children not only to become well-rounded, but also transforms them into global-minded, competitive, appreciative, and caring global citizens.
- What is the background of your teachers?
Our teachers are fully qualified and come from over 10 different countries. In most cases, our Western teachers are from countries/regions such as England, the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland. We also have teachers from our host country of mainland China as part of our unique Co-Teaching programme.
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 are your school hours?
8 a.m. – 3.15 p.m.
- What curriculum framework do you use?
Early Childhood Education (K2-K4): our learning approach is fully bilingual and based on The Early Years Foundation Stage from England
Primary and Lower Secondary (Years 1–9): an internationalised version of the National Curriculum for England infused with Chinese language and culture lessons, violin instruction, and character education
Secondary (Years 10–11): International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
Secondary (Years 12–13): International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB)
- Does the school have Co-curricular activities?
Yes, there are a wide range of activities offered for students in Year 1 and above. Some examples include soccer, basketball, orchestra, rollerblading, Chinese cultural crafts, dance, robotics, tennis, chess club and many more.
- Does YCIS Qingdao require a uniform?
Each year, a full uniform set is provided free of charge and includes a summer and winter dress set and sport set. Students supply their own footwear: one pair of black, leather lace-up or velcro shoes and one pair of black or white (or combination black and white) sport shoes.
- What is your discipline policy?
We have a progressive discipline policy that aims to develop the students along a continuum towards becoming self-disciplined, moral, ethical and socially responsible individuals. The discipline system is implemented through a cohesive whole-school approach, and addresses such matters as conduct, behaviour, the uniform code, homework, etc.
- Do you accept non-English speakers?
We endeavour to accept students ranging from those with lower English ability to those who are native English speakers. We have an English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme in place to support students who are not native English speakers. The curriculum for Years 10-13 demand an especially high level of English; interested applicants to these programmes should consult the Admissions Office regarding entrance requirements.
- When does your school year start and finish? When are your holidays
Our academic year starts in mid-August and ends in late June, running on a two-semester system. For details, please refer to the School Calendar.
- Where are your schools located?
We have a conveniently and centrally located campus in Qingdao’s Huangdao District. To view more details, please refer to the Visit Our School section.
- Does the school provide school bus transportation?
Yes, we have a great number of bus routes available. The school bus is optional, as some families prefer to make alternate arrangements for transportation. Normally the pick-up/drop-off point is at the main gate or clubhouse of each housing compound.
- 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. Some restrictions may apply with respect to certain programmes offered (i.e. the IB programme), or limited seating for certain year levels.
- What are the maximum class sizes?
Class (Age) Teacher:Student Ratio for Maximum Class Size
Primary, Years 1–6 (5–11 years old) 2:25
Secondary, Years 7–11 (11–16 years old) | 1:25
Secondary, Years 12–13 (16–18 years old) | 1:20
From K2 through Year 6, students benefit from our unique Co-Teaching model with two fully qualified teachers in each class. With the deployment of additional specialist teachers in Chinese, English as an Additional Language, Art, Music and ICT, the actual student teacher ratio is quite advantageous. When students break into language classes, they are often in small groupings according to their level.
- Does your school provide hot lunches?
Yes, while students are able to bring lunch from home, optional hot lunches are available for purchase through the School’s catering company.
- What amount of homework should students expect?
The school will ensure that homework is an integral part of the curriculum and is planned and prepared alongside all other learning programmes. Teachers will give homework according to the age, ability and circumstances of the students, taking into account individual learning needs.
There is no official homework assigned for the Kindergarten students. In the Primary Section, all students are expected to read every night, in addition to Chinese assignments and other subject work, as assigned. Depending on the child, year group, and nature of the homework, times vary between 20 and 90 minutes per night. For the Secondary Section, homework time varies between 90 and 150 minutes per night in Years 7–9, and between 180 and 210 minutes per night in Years 10–13.
- Do you guarantee places for all applicants in your school?
Upon submitting the online application and paying the application fee, a student’s application will be active and Admissions will begin processing. The next steps include submitting the required application documents. In addition to an extensive review of the application materials and previous school reports, there may also be an interview, a placement test, and/or a subject selection process involved (depending on the year level). If the application is approved, an Offer of Placement letter will be issued and a seat reserved upon payment of school fees (by the specified deadline). Existing students have automatic seat reservations for each new school year as long as school fee payment deadlines are met.
- What colleges and universities do your students attend?
Graduates from YCIS attend a wide variety of colleges and universities around the world, with studies in a broad range of disciplines. For a complete list, please refer to the University Acceptance Profile.
- Does the school have a parent organisation?
Yes, the Parent Organisation is a very active group of parents who play a very important role within the school and the community.
- Is the school involved in the community?
Yes, the School supports workshops and activities open to the community throughout the year. In addition, IB students participate in the community as part of their Creativity, Activity and Service commitment. The School supports our own Seeds of Hope charity, and other charitable organisations such as Heart to Heart and the Million Tree Project. Over the past five years, YCIS’ Environment Committee has raised enough money to plant seven forests in Inner Mongolia.
- Does the School have a career or guidance counsellor?
Yes, YCIS Qingdao provides career counselling for students from Year 10–13. Special programmes run throughout the year in which students receive support and guidance with respect to career paths, subject selections, and the university and college application process. The school's University Guidance Counsellor works with students on an individual and group basis. In addition, they lead a number of informative workshops for parents throughout the year on topics such as the university application process.
- Besides English, does YCIS Qingdao offer any other language training?
Yes, Chinese (Mandarin) is a compulsory course and is at the heart of the YCIS curriculum. Primary and Secondary students study Chinese language for a full period every day, and Primary students also have a Chinese Studies class once per week. The Chinese Curriculum at YCIS Qingdao is divided into two sections: Chinese as an Additional Language (CAL), and Chinese as a First Language (CFL). Students are placed into different levels according to their language background, needs, and ability. Please refer to the Chinese Curriculum section for more information. IGCSE students (Years 10–11) are welcome to sit for additional modern foreign language examinations, as we are a test centre and can provide syllabi and suggestions for further study.
IB students with English or Chinese as their mother tongue take A1 language. For students whose first language is a language other than English or Chinese, we offer School Supported A1 (the study of world literature). If the number of students allows and if required by the IB regulations, the School will employ a dedicated language teacher to offer A1 language to a minimum of five students. We recognise the value of our multilingual students and encourage our students to become bilingually focused during their time at YCIS Qingdao.
- Would my child be expected to take any external exams for Chinese?
Yes, for our IGCSE students (Years 10 –11), external exams for either IGCSE Foreign Language Chinese or IGCSE First Language Chinese are taken after completing the two-year IGCSE course. For our IB students (Years 12–13), the external exams are IB Chinese A1, A2, B, and Ab Initio. Please note that examination fees are included in our school fees.
Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to email our Admissions Department at firstname.lastname@example.org