Shenzhen Middle School
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|Shenzhen Middle School|
Strive for Academic Excellence. Cultivate a Creative Student Body.
|Shenzhen, Guangdong, China|
|Student to teacher ratio||10:1|
|Campus||City, 107,602 square metres (1,158,220 sq ft)|
Shenzhen Middle School (深圳 中学 Shēn-zhèn zhōng-xué) is located in Luohu District, Shenzhen, Guangdong. Founded in 1947, it was made the only provincial key high school (magnet school) in Shenzhen in 1983. In November 1993, it became one of the first Class-One schools of Guangdong Province. In 1998, SMS merged with Honghu Middle School and the latter's campus became the site of SMS's junior division. The campuses of SMS's junior (grades 7, 8, 9) and senior (grades 10, 11, 12) divisions combined cover an area of 107,602 square metres (1,158,220 sq ft). The student-teacher ratio is about 10:1. Wang Zhanbao (王占宝,Wang Zhanbao) is the current principal.
SMS students have been first in Shenzhen and among the top schools in Guangdong Province for many years. Over the last two years, SMS has been ranked #1 in the percentage and number of high-scoring students in Guangdong Province, with the largest number of graduates admitted by the top universities in China every year.
SMS has three departments --- Primary, Junior and Senior department, located on separate campuses. The Senior campus is divided into two parts, one for 10th graders and 11th graders and one for 12th graders.
Of the three campuses, only the Senior campus offers student dorms, which allows SMS students to choose whether they want to be commuters or residents on campus. The residential facilities available include three grocery stores, three dining halls, two residential halls and a book store. Both Junior and Senior campuses have a soccer field and a track field. There are five basketball courts, including one indoor, badminton courts and table tennis tables, a taekwondo room and a dancing room.
Shenzhen Middle School offers four curricula to high-school students and one curriculum to middle-school students.
A freshman indicates a curriculum preference after admittance by Shenzhen Middle School and before the school year begins. Except Standard Curriculum, all curricula require an entrance exam. For the school year of 2011-12the Experimental Curriculum requires a written entrance exam, the Honor Curriculum requires a written entrance exam, and the International Curriculum requires both an interview and a written entrance exam. Students who do not indicate any preference or students who indicate their preference to these three curricula but fail to pass their written exams and/or interview are automatically admitted into the Standard Curriculum.
Standard Curriculum meets the needs of high-school students whose goal is to pass the National Higher Education Entrance Examination, an academic examination, commonly known as National Higher Education Entrance Examination, held annually. The Standard Curriculum comprises about forty percent of students in Shenzhen Middle School.
The Experimental Curriculum provides students special courses that are not available to high-school students in China. The Experimental Curriculum comprises about thirty percent of students in SMS.
The Honor Curriculum is distinguished by students participation in Olympiad academic contests on subjects including mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and informatics. The Honor Curriculum comprises about twenty percent of students in SMS.
Since the Honor Curriculum was established, students have won many provincial, national and international academic awards and honors. Each year, some outstanding Honor Curriculum students are directly admitted by universities in China without taking the National Higher Education Entrance Examination. Some other excellent students may be qualified to receive "score plus" in National Higher Education Entrance Examination and therefore able to be admitted into any universities with scores lower than that normally required.
The school year of 2011-12 saw a major change in the Honor Curriculum. A new class was established to host students who demonstrate excellent command of languages, humanities, or social sciences. Newly enrolled students take an entrance exam to be admitted into this class.
International Curriculum (IC) is for students who plan to study abroad, usually in the USA. Such students comprise about eighteen percent of students in Shenzhen Middle School.
This curriculum is distinguished by offering a liberal arts and science course curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and creativity. Such courses are usually taught in English by Western instructors and are taught at collegiate level rigor. Currently (2013-2014), over thirty college level courses are offered in addition to college prep courses, including courses in the English language arts, the humanities and social sciences, art and drama along with math and hard sciences. By taking these courses, students have an extremely high functional level of English in thinking, expression and social interaction. The IC also has a certified college counsellor on staff to insure compliance with US policies and procedures for college application and admission.
There has been a misconception that students in IC are required to pay a higher tuition fee than other students in Shenzhen Middle School. Admittedly, IC students occasionally need to buy foreign textbooks, which are expensive in most cases. Nevertheless, the tuition they pay is the same as that paid by any other students in Shenzhen Middle School and in any public high school in Shenzhen.
The shenzhen middle school radio station （风华子衿广播站） is an official broadcast station in the campus. The radio station have fixed audience for over two thousand people. The radio station mainly broadcasting news, literatures, musics and critics which written by members of the radio station.
Nirvana Weekly (涅槃周刊）is a comprehensive Chinese magazine published by Shenzhen Middle School students in November, 2009. Being an unaffiliated and non-profit magazine, Nirvana Weekly aimed to deliver intramural and extramural information with fine quality, spread contemporary citizen ideals and solicit consideration and discussion among its readers. "Through the darkest dark, may we see the light（越万里之溟濛兮，见凤之流光）"is the magazine's motto.
Visionary Monthly is an English-only magazine published in Shenzhen Middle School campus. This magazine is the first English-only media which is completed written, edited and published by middle school students in Shenzhen Middle School. The buyers are all over Shenzhen. The magazine have over three hundred fixed reader who subscribe it. It is influential not only inside campus but outside in Shenzhen. The articles in the magazine mainly are novels, proses, music criticism, politics criticism.
Shenzhong daily is a daily newspaper which published within Shenzhen Middle School. The newspaper began its publication in 2009, and is free to all the faculty and students of Shenzhen Middle School.
Nova Monthly is a Chinese monthly magazine published within the campus. The magazine mainly contains translated articles from popular American and English publications. Since the articles are reprints without authorized permission, it is technically a breach of copyright, and hence continued publication recently has been met with difficulty.
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- Han Jiarui, Gold Medalist in the 38th International Mathematical Olympiad
- Mingyu Xue, Gold Medalist in the 36th International Chemistry Olympiad
- Jiayin Kang, Gold Medalist in the 46th International Math Olympiad
- Zeng Yi, Gold Medalist in the 38th International Chemistry Olympiad
- Chaoming Jiani, Gold Medalist in the 38th International Physics Olympiad
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- Mission San Jose High School Delegation visited Shenzhen Middle School in April 2007