Early Middle Grades  Grades 5-6

The early middle grades is holistically structured under the Chinese national curriculum and its course standards as well as the United States Common Core Standards. It aims to provide a learning experience combining the approach of an international education with the subject knowledge of both Chinese and American education. Students in the early middle grades have already developed the abilities of summarization and reasoning. They can compare things and analyze their relations. Their attention is more stable and they have a higher level of self-control so that they can monitor, adjust and direct self-behaviors and emotions. Their learning motivations are closely related to their interests. Therefore, the early middle grades program focuses on attention training. At the same time the courses provide students the opportunities to investigate, observe, experiment, practice and discuss issues, to encourage students to learn by doing. Teachers will use multi-media teaching techniques to create a flexible and student-centered learning environment. Teachers will also encourage students to develop the skills of questioning, critical thinking, and communication. The early middle grades program emphasizes individualized learning which respect the differences in learning styles and ideas.

Upper Middle Grades  Grades 7, 8, 9

The upper middle grades program is holistically structured under the Chinese national curriculum and its course standards as well as the United States Common Core Standards. It aims to provide a learning experience combining the approach of an international education with the subject knowledge of both Chinese and American education.  After three years of systematic study, students in the upper middle grades will gain well-recognized academic records and be accepted into domestic and international high schools. The upper middle grades program is combined with comprehensive and subject courses. Teaching will be planned based on students’ cognitive levels and acquired knowledge. Students can actively plan their learning with the teachers taking the role as a guide, organizer and coordinator. Science subjects and social science subjects are taught along with the core subjects such as literacy, math and foreign languages. Students are also given many options in elective courses so that they can develop creativity and practical experiences. Upper Middle Grades courses pay special attention to the development of language and communication skills in the context of multiculturalism and globalization.

High School  Grades 10-12

The SLS high school program is holistically structured under the Chinese national curriculum and its course standards as well as the United States Common Core Standards. It aims to provide a learning experience combining the approach of an international education with the subject knowledge of both Chinese and American education.  By the time students have reached the high school program, the focus shifts to a greater emphasis on preparing students for a college education abroad. After three years of systematic study, students in the high school will pass the international tests (including language tests) and apply to international universities. The program also aims to develop students’ social skills and leadership. Students in the high school experience great progression in independence, critical thinking, reasoning, and judgment. They also have more complex emotions as their bodies are changing dramatically. The courses will help students prepare for the society’s needs in terms of knowledge, ability and emotion. Along with the core subjects such as literacy, math and foreign languages, elective courses are provided to meet students’ needs for future development. In the high school, students are encouraged to gain expertise in specific subjects as well as practical experiences. Cross-cultural communication skills and social adaptability are also essential for students become global citizens.

content-school-02English as a Second Language

All students in the SLS section of the school are taught English by trained, native English speaking teachers. We use English resources from the United States that have been specifically developed to assist students who are not native English speakers. The focus of our program is to gradually increase students’ fluency in conversational and written English until they become proficient at the language.