- How is YCIS Chongqing unique? What makes YCIS Chongqing special?
YCIS combines the best of Eastern and Western cultures by promoting fluency in two major world languages, creating a truly multicultural and bilingual learning environment, and by providing excellent role models through our Co-Teaching and Co-Principal models. The Yew Chung international curriculum and philosophy equips children not only to become well-rounded, but also transforms them into global-minded, competitive, appreciative, and caring global citizens.
- What is the background of your teachers?
Our teachers are fully qualified and come from over 8 different countries. In most cases, our Western teachers are from countries/regions such as England, the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Scotland. We also have teachers from our host country of mainland China as part of our unique Co-Teaching programme.
Both our Western and Chinese teachers are required to have undergraduate degrees and teaching certificates or degrees from their respective countries, as well as at least two years of teaching experience.
- What are your school hours?
School hours are 8 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- What curriculum framework do you use?
Early Childhood Education (K3-K4): our learning approach is fully bilingual and based on The Early Years Foundation Stage from England
Primary and Lower Secondary (Years 1–9): an internationalised version of the National Curriculum for England infused with Chinese language and culture lessons, violin instruction, and character education
Secondary (Years 10–11): International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
Secondary (Years 12-13): IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)
- Does the school have Extra-Curricular activities?
Yes, there are a wide range of activities offered for students in Year 1 and above. Some examples include soccer, basketball, floor hockey, skateboarding, Chinese cultural crafts, dance, robotics, kung fu, tennis, chess club and many more. Most of these activities are free, but some run by outside companies which require payment.
- What is your discipline policy?
We have a progressive discipline policy that aims to develop the students along a continuum towards becoming self-disciplined, moral, ethical and socially responsible individuals. The discipline system is implemented through a cohesive whole-school approach, and addresses such matters as conduct, behaviour, the uniform code, homework, etc.
- Do you accept non-English speakers?
We endeavour to accept students ranging from those with lower English ability to those who are native English speakers. We have English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme in place to support students who are not native English speakers. The curriculum for Years 10-13 demand an especially high level of English; interested applicants to these programmes should consult the Admissions Office regarding entrance requirements.
- When does your school year start and finish? When are your holidays?
Our academic year starts in mid-August and ends in late June, running on a two-semester system. For details, please refer to the School Calendar.
- Where is your school located?
YCIS Chongqing is located in the International School Garden in the New Northern Economic Zone. Please refer to the map under the “Contact Us” section.
- Does the School provide school bus transportation?
Yes, the school has many bus routes available. The transportation service is optional, as some families prefer to make alternate arrangements for transportation. Normally the pick-up/drop-off point is at the main gate or clubhouse of each housing compound.
- Do you accept new students during the school year?
Yes, as a service to the mobile global community, we attempt to accept students throughout the entire current academic year. Some restrictions may apply, however, with respect to certain programmes offered i.e. the IGCSE programme, or limited seating for certain year levels.
- Does your school provide hot lunches?
Yes, while students are able to bring lunch from home, optional hot lunches are available for purchase through our school cafeteria.
- What are the class sizes?
The class sizes vary by the year level. The following list shows the maximum size for each year level:
Class / Age Teacher-Student Ratio for Maximum Class Size
K3 (3-4 years old) 2:15
K4 (4-5 years old) 2:24
Primary, Years 1-6 (5 to 11 years old) 2:25
Secondary, Years 7-11 (11 to 16 years old) 2:25
Secondary, Years 12-13 (16 to 18 years old) 2:20
From K3 through Year 6, students benefit from our unique Co-Teaching model with two fully qualified teachers in each class.
With the deployment of additional specialist teachers in Chinese, English as an Additional Language, Art, Music and ICT, the actual student teacher ratio is quite advantageous. When students break into language classes, they are often in small groupings according to their level.
- What amount of homework should students expect?
The School will ensure that homework is an integral part of the curriculum and is planned and prepared alongside all other learning programmes. Teachers will give homework according to the age, ability, and circumstances of the students, taking into account individual learning needs.
There is no official homework assigned for the Kindergarten students. In the Primary Section, all students are expected to read every night, in addition to Chinese assignments and other subject work, as assigned. Depending on the child, year group, and nature of the homework, times vary between 20 and 90 minutes per night. For the Secondary Section, homework time varies between 90 and 150 minutes per night in Years 7–9, and between 180 and 210 minutes per night in Years 10–13.
- Do you guarantee places for all applicants in your school?
Upon submitting the online application and paying the application fee, a student’s application will be active and Admissions will begin processing. The next steps include submitting the required application documents. In addition to an extensive review of the application materials and previous school reports, there may also be an interview, a placement test, and/or a subject selection process involved (depending on the year level). If the application is approved, an Offer of Placement letter will be issued and a seat reserved upon payment of school fees (by the specified deadline). Existing students have automatic seat reservations for each new school year as long as school fee payment deadlines are met.
- What colleges and universities do your students attend?
Graduates from YCIS Chongqing attend a wide variety of colleges and universities around the world, with studies in a broad range of disciplines. For a complete list, please refer to the University Acceptance Profile.
- Does the school have a parent organisation?
Yes, the Parent Organisation (PO) is a very active group of parents who play a very important role within the school and the community.
- Is the School involved in the community?
Yes, the School supports workshops and activities open to the community throughout the year. The School supports our own Seeds of Hope charity, and other charitable organisations.
- Does the School have a career or guidance counsellor?
Yes, YCIS Chongqing provides career counselling for students from Year 10–13. Special programmes run throughout the year in which students receive support and guidance with respect to career paths, subject selections, and the university and college application process. The school's University Guidance counsellors work with students on an individual and group basis. In addition, they lead a number of informative workshops for parents throughout the year on topics such as the university application process.
- Besides English, does YCIS Chongqing offer any other language training?
Yes. Chinese (Mandarin) is a compulsory course. Primary and Secondary students study Chinese language for a full period every day, with the addition of a Chinese culture class (also taught in Mandarin) once per week in the Primary Section. The Chinese curriculum at YCIS Chongqing is divided into two sections: Chinese as a First Language (CFL), and Chinese as an Additional Language (CAL). Students are placed into different levels according to their language background, needs and ability. Please refer to the “Chinese Curriculum” page under the “Academic Programmes” section of this website for more Chinese curriculum information.
We recognise the value of our multilingual students and encourage our students to become at least bilingual during their time at YCIS Chongqing.
- Would my child be expected to take any external exams for Chinese?
Yes, for our IGCSE students (Years 10 –11), external exams for either IGCSE Foreign Language Chinese or IGCSE First Language Chinese are taken after completing the two-year IGCSE course.
- Do you have further questions?
If you do have further questions, please do not hesitate to email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org.