Keystone Academy is an innovative and unique school in China and the world. It draws from Chinese, American and International learning traditions and weaves them into a powerful bilingual education model. It is truly one-of-its kind in China. The curriculum is bilingual in the primary years with more intensive instruction in English through middle and high schools. We focus on inquiry-based learning, critical thinking, and creative problem solving in a rigorous intellectual environment. This prepares Keystone students for the challenges of the modern integrated world. Keystone’s academic program is international in scope with a strong and intentional central Chinese focus on national identity, language, culture, and history. Our school is from foundation year through grade 12.
Our school includes a boarding program, optional in grades seven and eight, and mandatory in grades 9-12. Through our residential program, our students will develop the values, close relationships and independence that are essential for positive leadership and success. Western educational approaches in a Chinese context enable a model of true cultural fusion and international understanding. The majority of our students will be Chinese, but we will also have a healthy representation of other nationalities.
Our sprawling campus is in Shunyi, Beijing, which includes a state-of-the-art music room, theatre, indoor gymnasium, science labs and other facilities.
The curriculum of Keystone Academy provides students with the opportunities to take risks, ask questions, explore ideas, and develop their imaginations while engaging them through active learning and rigorous study. The environment at Keystone is designed to promote a love of knowledge, appreciation of disciplinary expertise, and the motivation to reach high academic and personal objectives, all in a bilingual environment. In each division of the school, teachers build rich and inspiring learning experiences to help students participate in our changing world as highly competent and literate citizens.Keystone Academy offers a most unusual educational experience, weaving together the best of three educational traditions: Chinese, American, and International. A profound respect for education and a rigorous approach to learning are foundation stones of the rich and deep Chinese practice; inquiry-based and discussion-centered pedagogy inform the American way; and critical thinking, creativity and global mindedness are fundamental parts of international education.In curriculum design, a focus on mathematics and the sciences is strong in China, while liberal arts education is well developed in the United States. The intercultural competence that comes from learning two or more languages is a strength of the international educational domain. Keystone will combine all of these elements, using well-trained and culturally sensitive teachers who make their classrooms places where students feel the trust and respect necessary to explore and take risks in their learning.