International Schools and Education in China
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The Chinese approach to Education
Most parents wish, and hope, that their children will have a better launch pad than they themselves had when they blasted off from childhood to the job market. For the Chinese the education of their child is of the prime importance. Yes child not children, China still has a one-child policy and the parents, all four grandparents and social and peer pressure push the Chinese child to achieve the best possible results. In addition to regular schooling many parents will invest heavily in extra-curriculum study (not sports and enrichment) programmes. A Chinese friend of mine told me that during the last two years his son was at school he (the father) removed the television and computer from the house. In the evenings the parents would only speak in whispers so as not to disturb his studies. I asked him if his son was a bad student, or was being punished for something. He laughed and told me that this was the accepted norm and that all was being sacrificed in order to try and gain entry to a good university. Traditionally, children in China are their parents social security and pension plans. That is to say that, even today, frequently the younger generation is supporting the elder. Often once they have jobs their parents will retire. I have met (though not in the big cities) many old age pensioners who are only 45 years old!
Schooling for foreigners
Most foreigners do not want to place their children under such stress, and even if the language is not a problem prefer to pay a lot of money in order to send their offspring to international schools. Basically, anywhere you find a large number of foreigners you will find an international school or schools. In the larger cities Beijing and Shanghai there are a large number of international schools and kindergartens that vary from a local school that caters for foreigners, to schools affiliated with well-known international names such as some of the English Public/Independent Schools.
Please feel free to follow the links directly to some of the international schools in Beijing. The listing is in alphabetical order. For other cities please contact us.
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Beijing International Schools and Kindergartens
This free listing of International Schools in Beijing is provided as a service and is not necessarily an endorsement of any one particular school. Please note that the descriptions have been provided by the schools. We recommend that you do your homework and visit a number of these seats of academic excellence prior to making your choice. We can organise the transportation and an itinerary for you. Please contact us for details
Australian International School of Beijing
- Australian Curriculum.
- Intensive Beginner ESL programme.
- Boarding & Chinese lessons & piano lessons available.
7 Louzizhuang Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100018
Tel: + 86 10 8439 0878 / 8439 4315 Fax: + 86 10 8439 1842
Website: www.aisb.com.cn Email: email@example.com
Beanstalk International Bilingual School and Kindergarten
Beanstalk International Bilingual Kindergarten
1/F, B Building, 40 Liangmaqiao Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
Tel: 86-10-6466 9255 www.bibs.com.cn
Beanstalk International Bilingual School - Elementary
6 North Road of East Fourth Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
Tel: 86-10-5130 7951 www.bibs.com.cn
Beanstalk International Bilingual School - Middle School
38 Nanshiliju, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
Tel: 86-10-84566019 www.bibs.com.cn
17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029
Tel: +86 10 6443 315 Fax: + 86 10 6443 3156
Website: www.biss.com.cn Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beijing City International School (BCIS)
77 Baiziwan Nan Er Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022
Tel: + 86 10 8771 7171 Fax: +86 10 8771 7778
Website: www.bcis.cn Email: email@example.com
Beijing Shuren-Ribet Private School
Xiaopu Songzhuang, Tongzhou District, Beijing 101118
Tel: + 86 10 6959 2789 Fax: +86 10 6959 2786
Website: www.shuren-ribet.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beijing Zhongguancun International School (BZIS)
6 Jinzhan Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100018
Tel: + 86 10 8440 6540 Fax: + 86 10 8440 5921
Website: www.bzis2002.com Email: email@example.com
Please Note: They are in the process of building a new campus. The current situation is that the new campus has not opened and pupils have been dispersed to other schools. They hope to restart the school once the new campus is completed. In other words this option is temporarily not available.
The British School of Beijing
"provides the English National Curriculum for the expatriate community of Beijing. The school’s educational approach arises out of the best practices found in British schools around the world, emphasizing high academic results, respect for one another, and a diverse academic and extra-curricular programme."
5 Sanlitun Xiliu Jie,Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: +86 10 8532 3088 Fax: +86 10 8532 3089
9 An Hua Street, Shunyi 101300
Tel: + 86 10 8047 3588 Fax: + 86 10 8047 3598
Website: http://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/beijing/shunyi Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian International School of Beijing-
- Two campuses located in downtown Beijing
- Offering Nursery (18months+) to Grade 12 Canadian (New Brunswick) Curriculum
- 3 Program IB World School (IB PYP, MYP & DP)
38 Liangmaqiao Lu & 1 XiuShui Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: +86 10 64657788
Website: www.cisb.com.cn email: email@example.com
Deutsche Botschaftsschule Peking (German School)
49A Lianmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: +86 10 6532 2535
Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus (Main Campus, 1 of 6)
89 Capital Airport Road, Legend Garden Villas, Shunyi District, Beijing 101300
Tel: + 86 10 6454 9000 Fax: + 86 10 6454 9012
Website: www.dcbeijing.cn Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Etonkids International and Bilingual Schools
"provides proprietary early education programs for children 1-6 years old under the auspices of the American Montessori Society. Program options include International (100% English) and Bilingual (English and Mandarin) at campus locations throughout Beijing. Etonkids stresses strong home-schools links and fostering of a true love for learning through the Montessori philosophy. Home to EMTTA, Beijing’s Montessori teacher training program."
Central Park Bldg 19 No. 6 Chaowai DaJie, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020
Tel: + 86 10 6533-6566 Fax: + 86 10 6533-6515
Harrow International School Beijing
No. 5, Block 4, Anzhenxili, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029
Tel: +86 10 6444 8900 Fax: + 86 10 6444 3870
Website: www.harrowbeijing.cn Email: email@example.com
The House of Knowledge is a private Kindergarten that follows the Reggio Emilia education methodology. It offers both German and English curriculum so as to prepare children for 1st Grade in either a German or English school.
A11 Liyuan Garden, Xiangjiang Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100103
Tel:: +86- 10- 8470 5928
website: www.houseofknowledge.com.cn email: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Academy of Beijing (IAB)
Lido Office Tower 3, Lido Place, Jichang Road, Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District 100004
Tel: + 86 10 6430 1600 / 1142 Fax: + 86 10 6430 1208
Website: www.iabchina.net Email: Vickie.email@example.com
International School of Beijing (ISB)
10 An Hua Street, Shunyi District, Beijing 101318
Tel: + 86 10 8149 2345 Fax: +86 10 8046 2003
Website: www.isb.bj.edu.cn Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lycee Francais de Pekin (French School)
4 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District Tel: + 86 10 6532 7881
Primary and Secondary School:
13 Sanlitun, Dongsi Jie, Chaoyang District Tel: + 86 10 6532 3498
Website: www.lfp.com.cn Email:
The Nord Anglia International School, Beijing is an independent day school for boys and girls from 3 – 18 years of age teaching the English National Curriculum adapted to meet the needs of the expatriate population. Pupils will be prepared for the Cambridge University Schools International General Certificate of Secondary Education and the International Baccalaureate Examinations leading to British and international university entrance. The School offers a specialist EFL programme, both for beginners and intermediate stage pupils, which allows these pupils to integrate swiftly into the mainstream classes.
9 An Hua Street, Shunyi District, Beijing 101300
Tel: + 86 10 8041 3032 Fax: + 86 10 8041 3027
Website: www.naisbeijing.com Email: email@example.com
Swedish School of Beijing
Legend Garden Villas, 89 Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District
Tel: + 86 10 6456 0826
Western Academy of Beijing (WAB)
10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District
Tel: +86 10 8456 4155 Fax: + 86 10 8470 1081
Website: www.wab.edu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS)
Situated next to the scenic downtown Honglingjin Park since 1995, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) is committed to truly global education, providing bilingual education for students aged 2-18.
YCIS adheres to the National Curriculum for England (NCE) and also integrates a research-based Chinese Curriculum, featuring a unique Co-Teaching model in ECE and Primary that combines the best of East and West.
Within Secondary, YCIS follows the IGCSE and IB programmes and continues to maintain a 100% pass rate and 100% university acceptance rate to prestigious universities such as Oxbridge Universities, Princeton and MIT.
YCIS is the only international school in China to have received the ‘Cambridge Award for Excellence in Education’.
Honglingjin Gongyuan Ximen, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District 100025
Tel: + 86 10 8583 3731 Fax: + 86 10 8583 2734
Website: http://www.ycis-bj.com Email: email@example.com
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