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Welcome

YHIS strives to make the application process as smooth and seamless as possible from your first contact with us here online, to your first visit to YHIS, to becoming part of our school community. We know you are seeking the best school for the needs of your children, and we know you need this process to be handled professionally and as simply as possible.

That is why YHIS has broken down our admission process to 3 Steps that our professional Admission Staff will guide you through, starting with your online application.  Once you have gotten to the 4th step, we will be waiting for your arrival and ready to officially enroll and welcome you to our YHIS community!

So now that you are here, keep the ball rolling!

We look forward to welcoming your family to the YHIS community soon!

Requirements

All students must…

  • Possess a foreign (non-Chinese) passport or permanent residency from a foreign country. Per Chinese law, YHIS cannot admit children who are citizens of Mainland China.
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Early Childhood Center (ECC)

When applying to Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten, students must be toilet-trained. Students may be evaluated by the ECC teacher or principal to determine school readiness.

Grade Placement Guidelines

YHIS will place students in the same grade as their developmental peers based on each student’s passport age. (Additional assessment might be used as needed) See below for grade placement guidelines:

ECC and Elementary Grade Placement
Grade Passport Age by September 30th
Jr. Kindergarten 4
Kindergarten 5
1st grade 6
2nd grade 7
3rd grade 8
4th grade 9
5th grade 10
Secondary Grade Placement
Grade Passport Age by September 30th
6th grade 11
7th grade 12
8th grade 13
9th grade 14
10th grade 15
11th grade 16
12th grade 17

For some, the calendar year for your child’s previous school and that of YHIS may not match up well. If your child has not completed the grade they had started prior to coming to YHIS, it is likely your child will miss a significant amount of content knowledge when beginning at YHIS.

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In such cases, you will need to consider how you as parents will assure your child catches up to the other students academically. YHIS teachers will not slow down the rigor of our education for kids in their classes who are behind academically.

We are able to offer guidance for online options outside of the school day for your child to make up any educational learning missed. You may also seek additional tutoring for your child. Any and all costs are your responsibility.

You also have the option to have your child repeat a portion of the same year they were in at their previous school. This option is ideal for kids who need to learn English and adjust to an international school environment while not having the added stress of making up for missed education. Our Admission Specialists are able to help you determine the best grade placement for your child.

Educational Assessments

Educational Assessments are used to determine additional services needed, for placement assistance and/or for use by the teacher in the classroom setting. YHIS does not use academic testing scores or interviews to screen for admission.

Two assessments options are:

  1. Evaluation for English Language Support (ELS) Services.

Non-native English speakers entering 1st-12th grade will be given an assessment to determine English language proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

  1. Academic assessment of content knowledge

Native English speakers entering 3rd-12th grade will be given an academic assessment within their first week of school if the teacher requests.

Non-native English speakers will be given an assessment to determine where they are academically if needed.

Learning Disabilities

YHIS is not able to meet the needs of students with severe learning disabilities. Parents should inform the school if their child has a known learning disability. YHIS will make every effort to meet the needs of each child it admits.

Parental Presence

YHIS does not offer boarding or home-stay facilities for students.

We believe that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children. Cooperation between the school and the home is necessary to ensure that students reach their fullest potential. As a result, and in the best interests of the student, YHIS has established the following guidelines concerning residency of parents:

  • At least one parent or guardian must have full-time residency in Yantai or a nearby community.
  • Guardians are only permitted to function in lieu of parents in unusual circumstances with the permission of the school administration.
  • If both parents of a Grade 9-12 student must leave Yantai during the school year but would prefer to leave their child(ren) in the school until the end of the semester, an appropriate guardian must be appointed and school approval must be obtained as soon as possible.
  • An ayi does not constitute an appropriate guardian for a child.

Application Steps

Start online application by clicking Apply Now.

Step 1 connects you with our professional international admissions staff who will guide you through Steps 2 and 3 and all the way to enrollment.

After completing online application form, the documents that you need to submit are as follows:

  • Most recent 2 years of school records in English
  • Copy of student’s passport & visa
  • Copy of Father’s passport & Visa
  • Copy of Mother’s passport & Visa

Following receipt of these documents, our professional admission staff will contact you with options for grade placement and an offer of admission which will lead you to Step 3.

  • Confirm grade placement for your student(s) and accept an admission offer
  • Pay your ‘Tuition Down Payment’ fee to be sure you save your seat and don’t miss out!
  • Complete Physical Exam Form (required by the Chinese Government)

YHIS Health Information

Medical Form – Korean Medical Form – Chinese

  • Immunization record
  • Notify of transportation needs

Once you arrive in Yantai, you will set a date to visit YHIS to officially enroll.

Tuition

2018-2019 School Year

Type of Fee Description    RMB
Tuition Down Payment For New Students    10,000
*Re-enrollment Tuition Down Payment If paid March 16 – 23, 2018    5,000
If paid March 24 – 31, 2018    10,000
Tuition Fee
Foundation    52,500
Junior Kindergarten    52,500
Kindergarten    72,450
Grade 1 through 5    130,000
Grade 6 through 8    140,000
Grade 9 through 12    150,000
School Bus Fee Each semester    3,000

*The Tuition Down Payment is non-refundable and is an additional part of the Tuition Fee that will reserve a seat in class.

Please note the following instructions:

  1. Please instruct your bank to charge transfer fees to your account
  2. The TT description line must include the following:
  3. Student’s full passport name
  4. Student’s grade level
  5. Initials of the school (“YHIS”)

Option 1: Full Payment

Payment due by Aug. 14, 2018
Tuition Fee RMB
Foundation 52,500
Junior Kindergarten 52,500
Kindergarten 72,450
Grades 1 through 5 130,000
Grades 6 through 8 140,000
Grades 9 through 12 150,000

Option 3: Four Installments

Payments due by Aug. 14, Oct. 22, Jan. 7 and Mar. 25
Tuition Fee RMB
Foundation 14,044 (x4)
Junior Kindergarten 14,044 (x4)
Kindergarten 19,380 (x4)
Grades 1 through 5 34,775(x4)
Grades 6 through 8 37,450(x4)
Grades 9 through 12 40,125(x4)

Option 2: Two Installments

Payments due by Aug. 14 and Jan. 7
Tuition Fee RMB
Foundation 27,563 (x2)
Junior Kindergarten 27,563 (x2)
Kindergarten 38,036 (x2)
Grades 1 through 5 68,250 (x2)
Grades 6 through 8 73,500 (x2)
Grades 9 through 12 78,750 (x2)

Option 4: Nine Installments

Payments due by the 15th day of each month
Tuition Fee RMB
Foundation 6,358 (x9)
Junior Kindergarten 6,358 (x9)
Kindergarten 8,775 (x9)
Grades 1 through 5 15,744 (x9)
Grades 6 through 8 16,955 (x9)
 Grades 9 through 12 18,167 (x9)

Option 1: Full Payment

Payment due by Aug. 15, 2017
Tuition Fee RMB
Foundations ½ Day 36,750
Foundations & Jr. Kinder. Full 52,500
Kindergarten 72,450
Grades 1 through 5 126,000
Grades 6 through 8 136,500
Grades 9 through 12 157,500

Option 2: Two Installments

Payments due by Aug. 15 and Jan. 8
Tuition Fee RMB
Foundations ½ Day 19,294 (x2)
Foundations & Jr. Kinder. Full 27,563 (x2)
Kindergarten 38,036 (x2)
Grades 1 through 5 66,150 (x2)
Grades 6 through 8 71,663 (x2)
Grades 9 through 12 82,688 (x2)

Option 3: Four Installments

Payments due by Aug. 15, Oct. 16, Jan. 8 and Mar. 19
Tuition Fee RMB
Foundations ½ Day 9,831 (x4)
Foundations & Jr. Kinder. Full 14,044 (x4)
Kindergarten 19,380 (x4)
Grades 1 through 5 33,705(x4)
Grades 6 through 8 36,514(x4)
Grades 9 through 12 42,131(x4)

Option 4: Nine Installments

Payments due by the 15th day of each month
Tuition Fee RMB
Foundations ½ Day 4,451 (x9)
Foundations & Jr. Kinder. Full 6,358 (x9)
Kindergarten 8,775 (x9)
Grades 1 through 5 15,260 (x9)
Grades 6 through 8 16,532 (x9)
Grades 9 through 12 19,075 (x9)

YHIS Bank Address (for families in China):

Hana Bank Account

学校名称(School Name):
烟台华圣外籍人员子女学校

银行名称(Bank Name):
韩亚银行烟台分行

银行账号(Bank Account):
221001000004702

大额支付号 (Large Amount Payment Number):
597456002204

Foreign Bank Information (for families outside of China):

Account Number: 15392101040079958

Account Name: YANTAI HUASHENG FOREIGNER SCHOOL

Bank Name: AGRICULTURAL BANK OF CHINA, YANTAI BRANCH

Swift BIC: ABOCCNBJ150

Bank Address: NO.98, TAISHAN ROAD, YANTAI, ETDZ, SHANDONG, CHINA

City: YANTAI

Country: CHINA

 

Yantai Huasheng International School

No.100 Jinshajiang Road, Development Area, Yantai, Shandong, China 264000

烟台华圣国际学校

山东省烟台市 经济技术开发区金沙江路100号  邮编264000

 BANKING INFORMATION:

  1. Parents are responsible to see that a) payment is properly made, and b) the school is properly notified of payment.
  2. Payment of the Tuition Down Payment is due upon receipt of the school invoice and before the first day of attendance.
  3. Enrollment is not considered complete, nor will a seat be reserved for a student, until the Tuition Down Payment has been received.
  4. All tuition and fees are payable in RMB or U.S. dollars by telegraphic transfer (TT) to one of the bank accounts listed below.
  5. All transfer fees must be charged to your account, not taken out of school tuition. In addition, a bank transfer receipt must be presented to the school office within five days of the transfer.

FINANCIAL POLICIES:

  1. In case of an early withdrawal with unpaid tuition or fees still outstanding, no school records will be released or transferred nor will academic credit be granted, until that account is paid in full.
  2. All tuition and fees are based on the RMB amount. In the event of a change in the exchange rate, all unpaid tuition and fees that are paid in US$ must be paid at the adjusted rate. The RMB fees will not change. If a change in the exchange rate occurs, you will be notified of the revised US$ amount due.
  3. The Tuition Down Payment is payable annually upon enrollment and is non-refundable.
  4. Tuition is charged and refunded according to full quarters. Once a student has started a quarter, regardless of the number of days attended, full tuition for that quarter must be paid. Tuition is refunded only for full quarters not attended.
  5. No portion of tuition shall be refunded for a student dismissed by expulsion or for disciplinary reasons.
  6. Tuition and fees are non-transferable to another student.
  7. Any student entering the school year during the 1st quarter will be required to pay 100% of the school tuition.
  8. Any student entering the school year during the 2nd quarter will be required to pay 75% of the school tuition.
  9. Any student entering the school year during the 3rd quarter will be required to pay 60% of the school tuition.
  10. Any student entering the school year during the 4th quarter will be required to pay 30% of the school tuition.

FAQ

General questions

When did the school start?

Yantai Huasheng International School opened in August 2016.

How is the school accredited?

As a newly established school, YHIS is in the process of being accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a North American agency.

Does YHIS have a license?

Yes!  YHIS has an international school license for all classes, from ECC through Grade 12, from the Bureau of Education, Shandong Province.

What qualifications do your teachers have?

Teachers at YHIS hold degrees in higher education from their country of origin and are licensed to teach. They are hired by Leadership Development International (LDi) based in the USA after a long application and preparation process.

Where are your teachers from?

Except for native Chinese teachers teaching Chinese, 100% of our teachers are foreigners; most are from the United States. YHIS partners with Leadership Development International (LDi) in the training of Chinese teachers who work as Teacher Assistants (TA) in all our elementary classrooms and some secondary classes. This is a 3-year training program.

What are the main nationalities represented at the school?

We are a new school. The government in Yantai is seeking further economic development through establishment of foreign business in the city. Currently our student body is primarily Korean and Western.

Where do most students live?

Most of the students live in Bihai Yuntian 碧海云天. It’s on the Huanghe Road 黄河路, between Huashan Road华山路 and Songshan Road嵩山路.

Where can I find the academic calendar?

You can find the academic calendar for 2017-2018 year and 2018-2019 year under Community tab on the menu.

Do you have bus service?

Yes! YHIS is the only private school in Yantai with legal Yellow Bus Service.  These buses are specially equipped for safety, with wide seats and comfortable heating and air conditioning. Parents have the option to purchase bus service. The bus stops at predetermined locations around the city. The bus does not make individual stops. Bus service includes transportation to and from school during the regular school day, as well as, transportation after practices and after school activities. Government policy does not allow us to offer busing for students in Kindergarten or younger. Please call Lillian, bus coordinator, at the school for more information.

Can you offer busing service to any location?

YHIS ONLY provides transportation to students who live along the current bus routes. Locations with fewer than five students will not be considered a bus stop unless these locations are already on a route. If students come to school after the beginning of a semester, they can only choose among the current bus stops. If they want a different bus stop, they have to apply at least 3 months in advance. YHIS transportation department will make decisions on whether their application for a new stop is allowed or not. YHIS and our contracted bus company are working closely with the Education Bureau, PSB, and Vehicle Bureau to organize and prioritize safety. All the bus routes need to be checked by them.

Is YHIS a boarding school?

No, YHIS is not a boarding school.

What is the school’s dress code?

The following is what YHIS handbook states about dress code.

  1. Students are expected to dress modestly. Clothing should not be revealing or bear offensive slogans. Cleanliness, neatness, good grooming, and respect for local customs are standards YHIS desires to uphold.
  2. Torn or ripped clothing or cut-off shorts or skirt are not allowed.
  3. No beach sandals or slippers may be worn. Shoes must be appropriate for activities such as recess and physical education.
  4. Hair should be worn neatly and kept clean. This is more the responsibility of the parents of students in the lower grades than of the students themselves.
  5. Excessive jewelry or make-up is not allowed.
  6. Violators of the dress code will be required to change their clothing before going to class. On the first offense, a student will be sent home to change clothes and the parents will be notified. On the second offense, a student will be sent home and a meeting will be scheduled with Student Services.

Will my child be able to transition well to an international school?

It’s good to be aware of the time it takes to transition to a new school anywhere, but even more so an international school. Transition of each individual student is related to many factors such as personality type, time of year they join the school, previous new school experiences, etc. If your student finds it difficult, we encourage you to let their teacher/s know quickly so we can offer additional support and assistance.

Are parents encouraged to be involved at the school?

Yes, parents are a vital part of our school community. We encourage parents to lead and participate in our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and attend sports and special activities held by the school throughout the school year.

When can I visit the school?

You are welcome to visit YHIS admissions anytime, but an appointment is encouraged to assure we are prepared for you and there are no special activities that day that might make your visit difficult to enjoy.

Can you babysit my child after school?

No, we do not offer babysitting after school.

How does the school communicate with parents?

YHIS communicates with parents via email and official Wechat account & group chat. For urgent matters, our liaisons call parents in person.

What activities can parents get involved?

YHIS values the partnership with parents in child’s education. Here are just some of the ways a parent can help: You can find more information in PTO section under COMMUNITY on the menu.

  • act as a classroom helper
  • help with bulletin boards or laminating
  • mentor or tutor students
  • help children with special needs
  • organize or assist with a specific club or interest group (if you have an interest in an activity that isn’t currently available to students, offer to help get a group started — for example, a chess club or cycling team)
  • assist coaches and gym teachers with sports and fitness programs
  • help as a library assistant or offer to help with story time or reading assistance in the school library
  • help out with visual and performing arts, crafts, and design courses and projects
  • hold a workshop for students in trade or technical programs
  • speak in the classroom or at a career day, if you have a field of expertise that you’d like to share

How can I be involved in PTO?

Once your student is enrolled and starts attending YHIS, you will have opportunities to connect with the PTO and see how you would like to be involved. Some opportunities are ‘room mom’ and food sales during sporting events, etc.

Do you have a swimming pool?

Yes, YHIS has a swimming pool in the gym. We currently do not use it, but we hope to use the swimming pool in the next school year.

Admissions questions

What grade levels will be offered for 2018 - 2019?

Classes beginning August 14, 2018:

4 year old (Junior Kindergarten)

5 year old (Kindergarten)

Elementary (Grades 1 – 5)

Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)

High School (Grades 9 – 12)

How can I apply?

The application process begins when you apply online.

When should I apply?

YHIS accepts applications year-round.

When I fill out the application form, what am I committing to?

You are not making a commitment when you fill out an online application.

Filling out an application will connect you to our Admission Specialist who will answer your questions and lead you thorough our step by step process.

Is there a deadline for submitting my application?

YHIS does not have an application deadline, but a student cannot start school until the full admission process is completed.

What documents should I prepare for my child’s enrollment?

The following is the documents you need to submit :

  • Most recent 2 years of school records in English
  • Copy of the student’s and parents’ passport
  • Immunization Record
  • Physical Exam Form (as required by the Chinese Government)
  • Transportation form when applicable

Should all the application documents be prepared with an English notarization?

We do not require a notary, but we prefer school records be notarized.

How long does it normally take before I know if my child has been accepted to the school?

Once our Admissions Office receives your pre-admission documents (see Step 2), you normally will receive correspondence regarding grade placement options and an admission offer within one week.

Does my child have to join the school on a specific date - the beginning of the school year, for example?

YHIS accepts ‘rolling admissions’ which means your student/s are able to join when ready. Our school year begins in early August. First semester will end the latter part of December. Second semester begins early January and ends early June.

What are the admission level tests?

We do not administer admission tests.

Do we need to come to the school for an assessment?

Any assessments will be scheduled with you in advance.

Is there a waiting list?

YHIS does have classes nearly full, but does not have a waiting list at this time. The response to question is likely to change without notice.

Does my child need to be fluent in English to attend?

A student does not have to be fluent in English to attend YHIS, but they will need English Language Support (ELS) Services which is offered by the school.

What is the minimum age we can start sending our child to school?

YHIS’ minimum age for enrollment is 4 years old and is based on passport age. (Effective August 2018)

Do you admit students with disabilities?

It depends on the nature of the disability.

Do you accept students with special learning needs?

YHIS does not offer services for students with severe learning needs. Parents should inform the school if their child has known learning limitations. YHIS will makes every effort to meet the learning needs of every student.

In what circumstances is the application fee refunded?

Currently, we do not have an application fee.  The ‘Tuition Down Payment’ Fee is not refundable.

What is the capital fee?

Currently, we do not charge a capital fee.

If my child is very close to the age cut-off date, can s/he be admitted to the grade I want?

We would be willing to discuss such a request with you.

Academics questions

What curriculum does the school offer?

YHIS follows a North American college-preparatory curriculum designed specifically for international students to apply to universities around the world.

What should we prepare for the classes?

Each grade has different supplies that are required and we will inform you after the child(ren) is(are) accepted. All the school supplies can be bought at a local market.

Should I buy textbooks and materials?

YHIS provides the textbooks and curricular materials for classes. Students will be fined for damaged or lost books. Additionally, students may be asked to bring their open supplemental materials, such as writing utensils and notebooks. The supplemental materials needed will vary according to grade level and classes.

What degree do graduates earn from your school?

24 units of high school credit are required for graduation. Graduates will receive a high school diploma. Additionally, students who attend YHIS will be given the opportunity to earn the International AP Diploma. Per the AP College Board website:

“The International AP Diploma is a globally recognized certificate awarded to students who display exceptional achievement across a variety of disciplines. Available to international students attending secondary schools outside the U.S. and to U.S. high school students applying to universities outside the country, the APID certifies outstanding academic excellence with a global perspective. (Does not take the place of a high school diploma)”

Per the AP College Board website, criteria to earn this special reward are as follows:

  1. Students must score a 3 or higher on five different AP exams.
  2. Exams taken multiple times count only once – the highest score is used for award calculation.
  3. Exams must fulfil four content areas:
  4. Two AP exams from two different world language courses or two AP exams from one world language and one English course.
  5. One AP exam offering a global perspective.
  6. One AP exam from either the sciences or math and computer science.
  7. One additional AP exam (cannot be English or World Language).

Do you offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses?

YHIS offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses to our high school students. Course offerings vary each school year. The following course offerings are for this school year and next school year:

2017-2018 AP Courses

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics

2018-2019 AP Courses

  • AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP Physics
  • AP Statistics

My child isn't strong in their English abilities; will they be able to learn well in class?

The English Language Support staff offer an opportunity for all students to increase in their English language ability. The ELS program helps each student improve in their English proficiency and interest in studying English. The ELS program is designed to enable each student to pursue and achieve their personal, academic and career goals.

Varying levels of instruction are available for students in grade 1 through high school. Highly-qualified staff walk beside each student as they progress through YHIS. The goal is for each student to become proficient in English in order to excel in each of their classes without needing support.

Yantai Huasheng International School is committed to excellence and believes all students can reach their highest potential through a quality education program. Our staff works diligently to ensure that all students are given the proper support to succeed. We celebrate that many of our students are doing something that few of us ever attempted to do: receiving an education in a language not spoken at home. Students come to us at various places along their journey toward fluency in English. Our goal is to tailor the support we offer to meet the needs of every student so that they will thrive at YHIS.

Will my child go down a grade if their English isn't good enough?

This information will be feasible once the student’s birth date, grade in former school, and his/her YHIS admission test result are known.

What world languages are offered?

YHIS offers Chinese classes to students. The YHIS Chinese department provides beginning, intermediate, and advanced Chinese classes for each grade level based on students’ language levels. High school students will have the opportunity to take AP Chinese Language and Culture.

Our students are engaged in learning and our teachers delight in teaching. The students are challenged to speak, understand, read, and write in Chinese, as well as understand and appreciate the many different aspects of Chinese culture and history. The Chinese program aims to help students gain their academic achievement as well as achieve real life language skills. We hope the Chinese language will benefit our students throughout their lives.

How do you prepare my child for college?

College is an important stage in life, and we recognize that it is a stepping stone towards a bigger world. In order to best guide and prepare our students, YHIS provides college counseling in a one-on-one setting. Our goal is to help each of them find a major that can best assist them for their future by exploring the different options. Moreover, through providing information on prestigious colleges across the world, we hope to help them narrow down the list of colleges they are aiming for and find the ones that best matches their goal. Our high school students’ academic performance and standardized testing grades will also be monitored regularly to encourage their improvement and help them equip with all the necessary criteria to become a stronger candidate. We also recognize the importance of the supports from parents, so we collaborate with parents to bring out the best outcome. Our goal is to foster students’ growth by providing them with all the options they have and help them bring out their best so they can thrive in life beyond YHIS.

Will graduates be accepted to universities outside of China?

Yes, graduates will be accepted to universities outside of China. Graduates will receive a high school diploma and an official transcript required for acceptance into universities. Furthermore, YHIS is currently in the accreditation process through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

What college entrance exams do you offer?

YHIS administers the SAT I, SAT II, and ACT exams. Students must pay the necessary charges to take these tests.

What activities are available outside the classroom?

YHIS is a member of the International Schools Consortium (iSC). The iSC schools collaborate to organize and host extracurricular events throughout the school year. These events provide students not only the opportunity to demonstrate their gifts and abilities but to meet and build relationships with students from other international schools. The iSC events include:

  • iSC Student Council Leadership Retreat
  • Vida (Student led spiritual emphasis retreats)
  • iSC High School Volleyball Tournament
  • iSC Middle School Soccer Tournament
  • iSC Senior Departure Seminar
  • iSC Science Fair
  • iSC High School Basketball Tournament
  • MUNiSC (Model United Nations Competition)
  • iSC Fine Arts Festival
  • iSC Middle School Basketball Tournament
  • iSC High School Soccer Tournament

Do students have to take part in all of the after school activities?

After-school activities offer opportunities for students to explore different areas more than academics, find talents that they have, and develop new skills. Not only that, students can also build relationships with other friends, having an intimate relationship with an instructor. While after-school activities are not mandatory, encouraging your child to participate in an after-school activity will be beneficial for your child.

Why do you have a religious studies program?

The study of religion helps you to learn how to think critically, listen empathetically, speak thoughtfully, and write clearly—all skills that will be of great use no matter what you go on to do in life. It will also help you to better live and work in our increasingly diverse society and global world.

Does my child have to take a religious studies class?

Yes, your child is required to take a religious studies class. Religious studies classes give students perception into human understanding, cultural influences, global insight, and a more interdisciplinary and integral way of thinking about the world and our place in it.

Does my child have to be likeminded?

No, your child does not need to be likeminded. Our purpose is not to teach our students what their worldview has to be. Instead, our purpose is for our students to learn how to understand their worldview and be respectful of the worldviews of others.

Why don’t you offer IB?

Due to the transient nature of our student body and the diversity of educational backgrounds, YHIS does not offer IB. IB is a holistic program system that is designed to be completed from start to finish. It can be challenging for students to enter and leave IB systems.

What textbooks and curricula do you use?

A list of textbooks and curricula by subject can be found here. 2017-2018 YHIS Curricula List

What AP course support do you provide?

Our AP teachers offer after-school study sessions, writing and research workshops, and provide additional study guides. We also have additional study resources in our school library.

How do we support the academic success for secondary students?

We support academic success by having professional teachers that adhere to standards based curriculum.  Using standards allows the teachers more freedom to engage the students in group work and other projects that keep students interested. The standards give freedom and also ensures that the content of the classes are academically rigorous.

Please tell me more about your clubs and extracurricular activities.

Elementary

YHIS offers a variety of after-school activities. They vary each quarter with at least ten different ones. For the third quarter, the after-school activities that we offer are as follows:

  • Chinese Knots – Ms. Wang
  • Gardening – Mr. Shi & Ms. Masluk
  • Jump Rope – Ms. Li
  • Soccer – Mr. Zhang
  • Reading – Ms. Yi
  • Life Skill Knots – Mr. McCarthy
  • Knitting – Ms. Fan
  • Ping-Pong – Ms. Zhang
  • Baseball – Mrs. McCarthy & Mr. Kim
  • Ukulele – Ms. Cox
  • Track & Field – Ms. Winston

Secondary Clubs

The secondary clubs that YHIS offers are as follows:

  • Kids Read Club – Ms. Carroll
  • Mural Club – Mrs. Sokol
  • Newspaper Club – Mr. Bond and Mr. Dahl

Secondary Athletics

YHIS recognizes many students and parents have interest in athletics and firmly believes that athletics program is an essential part of the development of the whole person. Physical activities also play an important role in enhancing students’ school accomplishment. By participating in athletics programs, students have opportunities to develop responsibility, sportsmanship, teamwork, and character. YHIS athletic offerings vary by season and are as follows:

  • Fall:
    • Middle School Soccer
    • High School Volleyball
  • Winter:
    • Middle School Basketball
    • High School Basketball
  • Spring:
    • Middle School Basketball
    • High School Soccer

Will my child have the opportunity to learn how to play musical instruments?

Yes. If your child is in Bright Start or Elementary School, they will have the opportunity to explore percussion and barred instruments, and older elementary students will learn how to play xylophones and recorders. Playing xylophones and recorders is an important stepping stone that help prepare students to play piano and wind instruments, and to read music so they can play other orchestral instruments in the future.

If your child is in a Secondary Choir class, they will occasionally have the opportunity to learn and play simple percussion and also (depending on class size and student interest) learn keyboard skills.

Although our music program does not currently offer Band or String ensembles, if your student already plays a musical instrument, they may have opportunities to perform in school concerts, or play in a music club/after-school activity guided by the music teacher or other qualified teachers.

How can we help students who transfer from an IB system school?

Students who transfer from an IB system school will be able to transition successfully to our school. Since students are able to choose which of our courses they would like to take, they will be able to transition into the courses they would like to take.

What is the difference between AP systems/IB systems?

The AP system is subject and content focused, whereas the IB system is holistic and program focused. In the AP system, students are able to choose which courses they would like to take. In the IB system, the entire high school curriculum is dictated by initial choices the students make.

Where do students go after graduation?

Since YHIS is only in its second year of existence, YHIS has yet to have a graduate yet. That being said, YHIS is a member of the International Schools Consortium (iSC). Recent graduates from other iSC schools have been accepted to colleges and universities in the USA, UK, Korea, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and the PRC.

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Yantai Huasheng International School does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnic origin or gender in its admissions or in any school programs. If you are considering YHIS for your child, we recommend reading through the admissions requirements, paying special attention to timelines and prerequisites.  Please contact us if you have any questions.