- What are the admissions requirements of YWIES Shanghai?
YWIES Shanghai welcomes all students in China but imposes strict entrance requirements. To be admitted by the school, students have to go through entrance academic assessments including English, Chinese and Mathematics, as well as personal interviews. Students’ character is also an important criterion. Therefore, we require the prospective students to provide the previous two years' school performance and personality assessment.
- Is it possible to study at YWIES Shanghai if the student is weak at English?
YWIES Shanghai has an excellent team of professional foreign teachers and a genuine English environment, and we are experienced in teaching English as a second language. Together with our multicultural environment and Intensive English Programme, we effectively enhance students’ English standard.
- Does the curriculum at YWIES Shanghai connect with other international curriculums?
YWIES Shanghai offers IGCSE & A Level programmes which are awarded by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). They are the widely recognised qualifications around the world. They are accepted as proof of academic ability for entry into most universities and higher education institutes worldwide.
- How does YWIES Shanghai help students apply for overseas universities?
YWIES Shanghai works to overcome all the difficulties including the academic performance and application procedures to help students continue their study in overseas universities. The counsellors from the school and the Foundation help students identify their interests and goals by individual tutoring, and recommend them the suitable universities and major study areas. Through our extensive network, 100% of our graduates at YWIES Shanghai and Yantai were admitted to overseas universities in the past.
- Is YWIES Shanghai only concerned about the academic performance of students?
YWIES Shanghai not only cares about students’ academic performance, but also their holistic development. The school provides a wide range of Co-curricular activities to balance their study and interests. Students are involved in the community through winter camps, summer camps and international activities. Professional teachers are here to guide them on dealing with studying, daily life challenges, and character development. The school is also concerned about the development of leadership qualities in the students, so that they are able to lead and make a difference in the global environment.
- How should parents communicate with the school when they have questions?
The school has a Parents Relations Team to facilitate the communications among parents, the school and teachers. Parents can contact the Parents Relations Officers or give suggestions to teachers directly. We listen to parents so as to provide students with more professional education services.
- Can YWIES Shanghai Gubei accept Chinese students in Year 8?
No. According to the Compulsory Education Law, every Chinese student shall complete nine years of compulsory education, which is equivalent to the completion of China's junior high school education. As the international curriculum is not of the Chinese National Curriculum, YWIES Shanghai Gubei can only accept students who have completed China’s junior high school education. It is illegal to accept Chinese students who are still in the nine-year compulsory education phase.
- In 2014, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission approved 21 senior high schools to set up international programmes but YWIES Shanghai Gubei was not on the list. Does it mean that YWIES Shanghai Gubei’s international programme is not approved by the government?
The international programmes in the 21 senior high schools were brought into the Chinese local education system as an education pilot by Shanghai Municipal Education Commission in 2014. YWIES Shanghai Gubei, with more than 10 years of international education experience, provides the international programme in the form of private and non-diploma international programme, which is recognised and approved by the Changning Education Bureau of Shanghai.
- YWIES Shanghai Gubei offers A Level curriculum. Do most YWIES Shanghai Gubei students go to overseas universities in the UK and Commonwealth of Nations?
The Cambridge IGCSE and A Level curriculum that YWIES Shanghai Gubei offers is recognised worldwide. After graduation, students can apply for universities in more than 150 countries and areas including the UK, the US, Australia and Canada. As a matter of fact, the US, rather than the UK is the first choice of YWIES Shanghai Gubei graduates as far as further study is concerned.
- Does YWIES Shanghai Gubei provide TOFEL/IELTS/SAT training courses?
YWIES Shanghai Gubei does not provide intensive test-preparation training courses on TOFEL/IELTS/SAT. IGCSE and A Level have a well-established system of teaching and assessment. They can equip students with strong ability in English and other academic subjects which can meet the entrance requirements of overseas universities. YWIES Shanghai Gubei does not think it can really benefit students in the long run to spend excessive time and energy on test preparation.
- Is the teaching faculty stable at YWIES Shanghai Gubei?
Rooted in an appreciative campus culture and holistic education philosophy, and offered with competitive salary and welfare, the teaching faculty at YWIES Shanghai Gubei is quite stable with a comparatively low annual turnover rate. Most of our teachers, principals and the management team members have been working at YWIES Shanghai Gubei since its founding, creating a good atmosphere for our students to receive qualified education.
- Does YWIES Shanghai Gubei offer boarding service? If so, how is the boarding managed?
YWIES Shanghai Gubei is not a boarding school, but we offer boarding services for those who are in need. Currently about half of our students are boarding students. We have full-time dorm teachers who live together with the dorm students and care for them. The dorm students must strictly follow the dorm regulations and attend evening study. The dorm teachers hold abundant dorm activities regularly to enrich students’ free time and enhance their leadership skills and team spirit, getting them prepared for independent overseas life.
- Is YWIES Shanghai Gubei’s campus large enough to cater for the needs of teaching and learning?
YWIES Shanghai Gubei is located in downtown--the Hongqiao Development Area--covering an area of about 10 acres with one teaching building, two attached buildings and a playground. Though the campus is not big, we are equipped with adequate and well-maintained classrooms, science labs, computer labs, piano rooms, design and technology labs, library and reading rooms, a canteen, a dorm, a playground and other teaching and service facilities. Meanwhile, we rent performance centres, swimming pools, gyms, playgrounds and other venues to meet the needs of students and teachers. We also provide various field trips, UK study trips, overseas university tours, hikes and summer camps to enrich the student life.