Academy Overview
1. What will be the curriculum at Beijing Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy? Which grade levels are taught?

Beijing Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy (CYKWA) will provide a bilingual teaching and learning environment with the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum designed for grades K-12.

2. What are the particular features for Beijing Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy?

IB Curriculum: IB curriculum includes the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP) which covers all stages of learning from Grades 1-12. The IB curriculum is recognised by educational institutions all around the world and upon graduation provides an international diploma that is recognized by 1000 universities worldwide. It is the ideal choice for students who wish to attend an overseas university.

 

Bilingual Education: According to students’ thought development processes and language recognition patterns, different bilingual teaching strategies for primary, middle, and high school will be adopted. These aim to help students become competent and proficient language learners able to thinking comfortably in the second language. The primary school curriculum combines English contextualized thematic teaching and Chinese subjects to help students cultivate a sense of self in Chinese and build a rich vocabulary on both languages. The middle School curriculum continues to adopt a bilingual teaching mode with both foreign and Chinese teachers, to ensure the integrity of knowledge and the smooth transition between students’ mother tongue and English. Students develop English subject knowledge in order to allow them to participate in fully in the taught curriculum. The high School curriculum uses English as its primary medium of instruction preparing students for DP assessment, including external examinations.

 

Arts and Physical Education Teaching: Arts and physical education courses for all students assist them to grow as well-rounded young adults. To this end, Kaiwen Academy includes arts and sports as required courses in our curriculum. The campus has soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, track and field facilities, an athletic ice rink, a standard-sized swimming pool, and other athletic facilities. Artistic facilities include piano rooms, rehearsal rooms, dance studios, small and large theaters, and more. Through required art and PE courses, along with specialized training in specific areas, Kaiwen Academy teachers and coaches will help students build strong bodies, and develop poise and grace. The school experience will teach them how to follow rules, appreciate fair competition and teamwork, stay grounded, and to face any challenge with courage and persistence.

 

Full Boarding School: “Life is Education.” “Education is life.” Kaiwen Academy uses a mixed-grade family style boarding system to help students develop self-management skills and a sense of independence, while still ensuring ample time for studies and activities. Each family unit is composed of students from different grades and classes. They will live together with foreign and Chinese front-line teachers. We encourage interaction between students from different grades to give students a sense of community with their schoolmates and help them to learn how to get along with others, thus, freeing them from the limitations in personality development as an “only child”.

3. What facilities are provided on the campus?

The campus covers an area of 170,000 m², all of which is school facilities. This includes education facilities, such as classrooms, and laboratories, as well as art, gymnasium, and library facilities. All classrooms are equipped with the most cutting edge air purification and smog reduction facilities.

 

The school has separate male and female dormitories. All double rooms are equipped with bathrooms. Each dormitory building has school physician offices, living spaces, laundry rooms, study rooms, and so on.

4. What is special about our Arts and Sports curriculum?

Better Facilities: (See question 5)

 

Better Teachers: Arts and Sports courses are taught primarily by foreign teachers who are trained in cutting edge international educational theory. They will be supplemented by professional teachers offering courses in Chinese culture.

 

Better Cooperation: We are partnered with a number of domestic and foreign professional athletic organizations (such as the Major League Baseball). We feature professional Chinese and foreign coaches who provide students with training in a variety of sports. We also plan to provide students with the opportunity to receive training and competition experience through a number of youth athletic clubs like Football, Baseball, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Field Hockey, Ice Sports, and Water Sports clubs to help students discover their untapped athletic potential.

5. What kinds of academic facilities are included in campus?

Academic Buildings: Our elementary, middle, and high school sections of the school each have their own independent academic facilities, which are designed to meet the needs of the characteristics of different ages.

 

Comprehensive Laboratory Facilities: 21 complete laboratories and DT classrooms.

 

Libraries: Our elementary, middle, and high schools each have their own independent library.

 

Physical Facilities: Indoor: A 23,000 m² integrated gymnasium, a 3,100 m² elementary school gymnasium, a 200-meter indoor running track designed to be smog free, a professional ice rink, and a 50-meter 8-lane swimming pool. Outdoor: A 400-meter, 8-lane circular running track, a nature jogging track around campus, standard basketball courts, tennis courts, and soccer fields.

 

Arts Center: 7 professional vocal classrooms, 50+ piano rooms, 14 professional dance studios, and 3 rehearsal rooms. An 8,600 m² independent performance center, a 220-person black-box theater, and an 800-seat professional theater.

 

Cafeteria: Our on campus cafeteria offers a comfortable eating environment that is separated into a primary school cafeteria and a middle/high school cafeteria. They can support up to 1600 students at a time, providing them with safe, nutritious, and fresh food.

 

Student Dormitories: We offer two complete standard double-room student dormitories that follow a unique model of sharing where students live with their teachers.

6. Is the school currently certified by any overseas educational institutions?

Beijing Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy will apply to the International Baccalaureate Organization for authorization to offer its three programmes (PYP, MYP, DP), and to international educational institutions such as Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for accreditation to ensure the school attains international standards and practices.

7. Is there a School Open House Day at Kaiwen? When can the parents visit the school?

The school will arrange Open House Days commencing in May 2017; parents will be informed of details in advance.

Teacher Qualifications
1. What are the qualification of the teachers at Beijing Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy?

The school employs experienced, highly qualified Chinese and overseas teachers with IB or international education experience.

 

Chinese teachers come from international schools or have received overseas educations and are capable of delivering bilingual classes. Most overseas teachers are from native English speaking countries.

2. What options are available to students who have difficulty in their studies or in choosing classes?

Tutors will be available for each student for regular communication and personalized guidance in their studies. They will frequently up date their understanding of their students’ academic performance and will provide guidance accordingly. Kaiwen Academy also has professional guidance counselors, guidance lectures for class selection, and professional career counseling classes, all designed to help students find their own paths and plan the steps needed to realize their dreams.

3. What is the ratio of teachers to students?

The ratio of teachers to students will be 1:6 during the first year, and will be 1:7 in subsequent years.

4. What is the ratio of Chinese teachers to foreign teachers?

The school aims to provide a ratio of Chinese teachers to foreign teachers at 1:1.

Curriculum
1. How will KWA arrange Chinese and English courses?

The primary school curriculum will follow the principles and guidelines of IBPYP, offering a joint or co-teaching model where courses taught collaboratively by Chinese teachers and foreign teachers. Course contents will cover all material required by Chinese national standards.

 

Our middle school curriculum follows the teaching system and philosophy of IBMYP and utilizes integrated teaching methods, while at the same time adhering to National education standards and using practical activities to help students apply their knowledge in the real world.

 

High school classes are all taught and assessed in English in adherence to the teaching requirements of IBDP.

2. What curriculum system will Beijing Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy adopt?

We use the IB curriculum system. The high school curriculum uses the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

3. How does Kaiwen allocate the grades?

Kaiwen implements a 5-3-4 system. The primary school includes grades 1-5, the middle school includes grades 6-8, and the high school includes grades 9-12.

4. Is there any after-class tutoring?

Our teachers will provide appropriate after-class tutoring according to students’ individual needs. They will be happy to answer any questions the students may have regarding the academic courses in Chinese or English. Two class advisers will monitor students and advise them on learning and living at Kaiwen.

Policy
1. What is the admission policy for out-of-town students?

Beijing Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy is a boarding school and accepts nonresident students in Beijing. We follow the integration admission policy in Jing-Jin-Ji Area.

2. Does Kaiwen have age restrictions for admission?

Students entering school in 2017 must have been born on or before August 31, 2011.

3. At which grade will Kaiwen begin admitting students? How many classes will be in each grade? How many students will be admitted in total?

In 2017, the following grades are open for enrollment: Primary School: Grades k-5; Middle School: Grades 6-8; High School: Grade 9; each class accepts 24 students.

4. When can I submit my application? Are entrance tests required?

Students are expected to make an appointment for an interview beginning in late March 2017. Students applying for Grade 1 are required to take a cognitive ability test, and students applying for Grade 2 or above are required to take Chinese, English and comprehensive ability assessment tests.

Tests
1. What is included in Chaoyang Kaiwen’s entrance tests?
  • A Comprehensive Academic Abilities Exam (Chinese and English)
  • Student interview (Chinese and English)
  • Parents interview
2. How are students expected to prepare for the entrance examinations?

No special preparation is required. The entrance tests aim to determine each student’s basic learning abilities and personal qualities at different stages before entering our school. They are expected to have English language abilities that correspond with their current developmental stage. Students should be themselves; they don’t need to spend a lot of time preparing.

3. What is the emphasis in the parent interview?

We ask parents to attend the interview in order to gain a better understanding of the student and the parents’ education expectations and understanding of an international education.

4. What should I do if my child’s English is not good?

An ESL course will be provided for students who meet Kaiwen’s admission requirements but have inadequate English proficiencies.

5. Are there entrance tests for Grade 1 and Kindergarten students?

Entrance tests for Grade 1 and Kindergarten are conducted through interviews and activities.

6. Are students evaluated by their scores or comprehensive performance?

Kaiwen’s evaluation system is holistic and comprehensive.

Other Items of Importance
1. Are the Beijing Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy facilities environmentally friendly?

Kaiwen uses high quality air purification and smog reducing systems. On days when the outdoor pollution is particularly serious, we can use our independent, self-contained air purification system to clean the air to an extremely high level of efficiency, providing students with a safe, healthy, and comfortable learning environment.

2. Will Kaiwen organize study trips and other activities during vacations?

Kaiwen will cooperate with a variety of domestic and foreign clubs and overseas schools to give students the opportunities to travel, learn, and broaden their horizons during vacations. Furthermore, during the school year excursions in and around Beijing will be part of the learning experience for students as they gain greater understanding of the subject matter they learn.

3. Is it required for Kaiwen students to live in the student dormitories?

Dorm living is an important part of students’ lives. Kaiwen will help students learn life skills appropriate to their age, including time management, study methods, financial planning, social and emotional learning, and other important life management skills.

 

Boarding is encouraged for students in Grade 3 and above. Parents may make the decision according to their specific circumstances.

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