Student Achievements

YCIS Qingdao students are known for their excellence in academics, including stellar examination results and overall scholastic achievement. A rigorous academic programme, paired with a holistic approach to education, is one of the main reasons why YCIS Qingdao graduates continue to be accepted into top-ranked universities around the world.

Examination Success Continues

This trend of academic excellence achieved by YCIS Qingdao students continued during the 2017/2018 school year. All graduates received offers from world top 30 universities in Europe, US and Asia.

Anna Gakes


  • YCIS Qingdao students maintained a 100 % pass rate.
  • The number of students achieving A*-C (across all subjects) at YCIS Qingdao was higher than our previous three year’s averages and higher than the world average.

YCIS Qingdao celebrates Top in the World achievers in IGCSE Chinese.
YCIS Qingdao is very proud to announce that one of our 2017/2018 Year 10 IGCSE students achieved the top marks in the world during the June 2018 IGCSE exams
Anna Gakes achieved Top in the World for Foreign Language Mandarin Chinese in the 2018 IGCSE exams.

YCIS QingdaoThis is a celebratesion for us as a school because the student who achieved this top accolade was English, and her achievement as it is an endorsement of the benefits of our strong bilingual programme.


  • 100% of YCIS Qingdao students awarded IB Diploma.
  • 80% of YCIS Qingdao students awarded prestigious bilingual IB Diploma.
  • Average IB score for YCIS Qingdao students higher than the world average.

We are very proud of our students’ achievements – our first cohort to graduate since YCIS Qingdao being awarded IB World School status in May 2016.

Champions in Sports

The all-rounded education at YCIS Qingdao goes beyond the classroom to include after-school sports and Co-Curricular Programme. Athletic events and team building play a critical role in the development of globally competitive citizens who are prepared to meet and exceed the challenges of the future.

YCIS Qingdao students compete in one of the most popular leagues amongst international schools in China: the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS).

We are also part of the local league QISN (Qingdao International School Network) and we won the QISN U15 Soccer Tournament. (For more details, please click here).

If you want to learn more about our sports tournaments, please click on the following links:
MLB Junior Playball Event
QISN Ping Pong Tournament
QISN Basketball Tournament

Honoured in the Community

At YCIS, we are very proud of our teachers and their achievements. That’s why we are pleased to announce that Lisa Bruno was selected as the first place winner and best foreign educator of all schools in Qingdao in a Foreign Teacher Talent Competition in October 2016. (click here for more details)

Seeds of Hope Charity

YCIS Qingdao students have many opportunities to interact with and support not only the local community, but organizations all over the world. With the school motto of “align with culture and arts”, as well as “align with love and charity”, YCIS students continue to develop their own, individual characters while actively participating as a part of the greater society. ‘Seeds of Hope’ is a concept born out of the overwhelming tragedy of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. All Yew Chung International Schools (YCIS) responded wholeheartedly to the humanitarian needs resulting from that devastating earthquake. With the funds collected by our students from all YCIS campuses, we created SEED, Sichuan Earthquake Educational Development, to channel the funds into the restoration of the Minzhu Primary School in Anyue County, Ziyang City, Sichuan Province.

By creating the Seeds of Hope, YCIS campuses are able to bring love and charity, in the form of educational opportunity and support, to many of the poor and disadvantaged children of Mainland China. Furthermore, by creating “sister” school relationships with the Seeds of Hope Schools, there is long-term opportunity for ongoing cultural exchanges, educational trips and charity projects that will be of great benefit to our student body for many years to come. For more information or enquiries about donation options, please contact: Mr Steve Hackman Head of CCDD, Hong Kong

To view more of our work, please click in the following links:
YCIS Qingdao Annual Giving Tree Trip
Seeds of Hope Trip to Qufu

Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS)

At YCIS Qingdao, we take great pride in the holistic education that we offer our students. One way this works itself out at our school is in our CAS programme. What is CAS?

  • Creativity—exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
  • Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
  • Service—collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need

CAS gives students the opportunity to take what they are learning outside the classroom in fun and exciting ways. They have opportunity to identify their own strengths as well as develop areas for growth. They can demonstrate to themselves and others exciting challenges undertaken, and new skills developed. They can learn and demonstrate initiative and planning skills, while also showing perseverance in carrying out those same plans! They can develop team-working skills, and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively. They can engage with issues of global significance, and consider the ethics of choices and actions. The experiences will differ depending on the personality, skills, and goals of each individual student, but the opportunity for learning and developing these very important life skills is the same.

Writing & Competitions

Writing “Littlestar” short-story writing competition (International schools in China competition).

  • Anna Gakes scored 3rd prize in 13-15 age group
  • He Ru was a judges’ pick for 3rd round in 13-15 age group
  • Christine Andersson was shortlisted in 16-18 age category

Competition and Awards
Students write a feature article every two months as part of our English Gifted and Talented programme. The best work is published in Red Star YCISQD writer’s corner. (click here for more details)

Red Star Music Competition
In the first round of the Young Musician of the Year 2012 competition held on April 28, YCIS Qingdao students triumphed in all categories and we at YCIS Qingdao are immensely proud of them!The Young Musician of the Year 2012 is an inaugural annual event organised by Redstar, Qingdao’s English magazine. The competition gave a platform for youth who are keen singers and musicians.

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