FAQs

  • 1. What is IB?

    IB is the abbreviation of International Baccalaureate. It was recognized at UNESCO and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The examination center is located in Cardiff, U.K. It was established in 1967 and there are almost 5,000 schools in over 150 countries. The philosophy of the IB program is cultural diversity, because IB takes the best of all educational systems and integrates them into a top academic program. IB is widely recognized the world over because of its leading educational philosophy and comprehensive curriculum system as well as its rigorous assessment. The IB program is leading the wave in the area of international education at the top level.
  • 2. How about university recognition of IB graduates?

    IB graduates can go to the World’s BEST Schools and get the TOP Diplomas. These Top Ranked Universities include, but are not limited to, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Oxford University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and Yale University.
  • 3. Can the IB students take China's High school and College Entrance Exams? Can the Chinese school roll be kept?

    No. IB programmes are totally different from the Chinese curriculum with regard to subject content and assessment standards. After registered in IB class which language of instruction is English IB , your Chinese school roll can not be kept any more.

    The students in PYP Chinese Class can still keep the Chinese school roll.

  • 4. How to choose and apply for overseas universities?

    (a) We have one full-time College Counselor and his assistant who works in our College Counseling Office and they give individual guidance to our students with regard to university applications.

    (b) We have written the handbook “The Path to University” for students and parents.

    (c) University counseling presentations are scheduled to help students and parents to understand the processes of university applications and answer their questions.

    (d) We regularly invite overseas universities to come to our school and give presentations to and speak with our students.

  • 5. How Can I understand small sized classes and individualized instructions?

    Typically, we have 20 students as one cohort. We divide one cohort of students into smaller groups based on individual differences. Take DP Math as an example, we offer higher (HL) , standard(SL), and studies level classes. It is typical that there are just 2 to 6 students in one math class or more than 10 students in another math class. That is so-called individualized instructions.
  • 6. Where do your teachers come from? Are they certified teachers?

    Our teachers come from the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, and China.

    All of our teachers are certified with their education background and teaching credentials for the subjects they teach. We have 62 full-time certified teachers. Among 18 high school teachers, we have 9 IB examiners, which accounts for 50%.

  • 7. What is TOEFL, IELTS, and SAT?

    (a) TOEFL is administered by American Educational Testing Service (ETS) to test English language proficiency. It is the abbreviation of Test of English as Foreign Language. It is translated as “Tuo Fu” in Chinese. The maximum score of TOEFL test is 120 and A TOEFL score is valid for two years. It is one of the important indicators for non-native English speakers to apply for the universities in the USA and Canada.

    (b) IELTS, or International English Language Testing System, is jointly managed by the British Council, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and IDP Australia. It is an international standardized test of English language proficiency and it helps apply for universities in and/or immigration to the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. An IELTS score is an important indicator for students to apply to universities in the British Commonwealth of Nations.

    (c) The SAT is a standardized test for college admissions and it is developed by the College Board. It is an important indicator for students to apply for American universities as well as scholarships.

    (d) Our school orgnizes a PSAT( Preliminary SAT) test on campus for 9th and 10th graders on a yearly basis.

  • 8. What if some of the students cannot understand English language well in class at the beginning of the programs?

    At the very beginning of the programs, some of the students cannot get used to English language environment in class. We have set up ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for those students who are weak in English Language.
  • 9. How do I apply for IB Programs ? What is the admission rate?

    The procedure to apply for IB Programs will be through the regular application method. You need to fill out an application form and the office will contact you for the entrance assessment and interview. Basically, if you apply for the lower school (G1-8), you will take a general assessment. For high school entrance exams, you will take the test for Chinese language besides math and English, if you are a Chinese citizen. Only students who pass the entrance tests will be enrolled in the International Programs.

    Generally speaking, admission rate for middle school is 2:1; high school is 2.5:1 ( if the student takes national high school entrance exam, and his/her score should meet the score requirement for “Zhongkao”)

  • 10. Does IB Programs offer other programmes like Canadian programme, British programme or Australian programme?

    No, International Programs offers IB- PYP, MYP and DP, no other programmes are offered besides these.
  • 11. How about university admission status of IB graduates?

    We have seven graduating classes since 2012. For those who applied to American universities, 80% of students have been accepted by top 100 US universities. For those who applied to UK universities, 100 % of them have been accepted by top 50 UK universities. For those who applied to Canadian universities, 100% of them have been accepted by top 10 universities in Canada..For those who applied to Australian universities, 100% have been accepted by top 10 universities in Australia.