Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing)
|Year of Foundation||1995|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form|
|Number of students||750|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1 to 8|
|Accreditations||NEASC, CIS, NCCT, Cambridge Assessment International Education, IGCSE, IBDP, EARCOS, ACAMIS|
|Headmaster||Co-principals Christine Xu and Dr Timothy Gray, MBE|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||RMB 96,000|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||RMB 288,000|
Situated in downtown Honglingjin Park, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) provides international education to expatriate children aged 2 – 18. Recognised as one of the top international schools in Beijing for over 20 years, the Yew Chung International School of Beijing’s international curriculum from kindergarten through Primary and Secondary School (IGCSE & IB) prepares students to become bilingually competent in English and Chinese and globally-minded for a competitive future.
The Yew Chung International School of Beijing experience begins in our Early Childhood Education Programme, where we provide a nurturing environment for children of nursery and preschool age. Children are at the heart of the early childhood programme, experiencing the joy of learning through a holistic and play-based learning process that encourages discovery. Each class is co-taught with one native Chinese- and English-speaking teacher in each classroom, ensuring students thrive in a wholly bilingual learning environment.
Students transitioning to Yew Chung International School of Beijing’s Primary School will find a place of energy and life, where there is evident enjoyment displayed by the students towards learning and where there are a wealth of opportunities made available to the students for their learning. Our Yew Chung International School curriculum provides an academically strong, international, and bilingual education, emphasizing cross-cultural experiences combined with an additional focus on Chinese culture and extensive music, arts, and sports activities; students in Years 1-3 attend violin classes multiple times a week, both instilling a love of music and increasing overall brain function in these formative years.
Similar to our Early Childhood Education section, each Yew Chung International School of Beijing Primary School classroom features one English- and one Chinese-speaking teacher to provide true bilingual immersion. Overlaying this emphasis on all-rounded education is our Character Education Programme, dedicated to helping students to develop a moral compass. We encourage our students to become global citizens of character and integrity who will make a positive difference in our ever-shrinking world.
Our burgeoning global citizens entering Yew Chung International School of Beijing Secondary School arrive into a truly international, multicultural, and bilingual learning environment that wholly incorporates both Eastern and Western cultures. Linguistic skills in both English and Chinese are equally sharpened, and students develop a deep understanding of and respect for cultural diversity and global awareness. Curriculum in Years 7-9 is once again based on the National Curriculum for England, with students in Years 10-11 transitioning to IGCSE programme which in turn prepares them for the academically rigorous and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme in Years 12-13.
Beyond academics, the Yew Chung International School of Beijing Secondary School encompasses competencies and co-curricular activities that provide numerous enrichment opportunities that go beyond the classroom to inspire critical thinking and development of a strong moral character through a variety of activities, including the YCIS Seeds of Hope charity, communication and technology programmes, World Classroom trips, research and problem solving clubs, sport and athletic competitions, Experiencing China excursions, applied arts exhibitions, music and drama performances, and much more.
CurriculumNational Curriculum for England with a Bilingual Focus, IGCSE, IBDP
Languages of instructionEnglish, Chinese
Foreign languagesAdditional languages offered as Co-curricular activities
YCIS Beijing's IBDP programme prepared me well for the rigours of a Princeton University curriculum. My teachers ensured that I had a strong foundation for my subjects which has been particularly important in Physics and Maths. I haven't found the transition very difficult because YCIS Beijing is such an international school with teachers and students from all over the world – similar to Princeton. YCIS Beijing has provided me with abundant cultural exposure for me to feel at ease and at home in Princeton.
There is something very special that YCIS Beijing has provided for my children and other students – self-confidence
Being fluent in both English and Chinese and understanding the culture of both sides, my son is able to work with people from all walks of life. In my opinion, YCIS Beijing offers the best English/Chinese bilingual programme in Beijing.
I notice a considerable difference in my children when they interact with other kids back in the USA. My children have more topics to talk about and they are able to give an opinion but not textbook answers. What they have learned would not have been possible without the cultural exposure and travel experiences from YCIS Beijing.