Suzhou Singapore International School
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Suzhou Singapore International School (SSIS), also known more recently as Suzhou's International School is an international school located in Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. SSIS offers education from Pre-Nursery up to Grade 12, offering programs of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and High School Diploma (HSD). The school offers lessons conducted in English, and teaches Chinese, Korean, German, Japanese, Spanish and French as second language options, though students are able to take self-study second language courses of their choice with their private supervisor. SSIS is an IB world school and offers all three IB programs, the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP), and Diploma Program (DP).
The school includes a section for German students.
(Suzhou Singapore International School is unrelated to the Shanghai Singapore International School, which shares the abbreviation SSIS.)
The school was established in September 1996 as an integral part of Suzhou Industrial Park's development, and has students of over forty-seven nationalities. The school's education system from Nursery to Grade Five is based on the IB PYP. Grades 6-10 are taught using the MYP, and students who meet the official MYP requirements upon completing the 10th grade receive an MYP certificate, after completing their Personal Projects or Exhibition Projects. Students entering their junior year choose to take either the HSD course, a system roughly analogous to North American high school programs; or the two-year IB Diploma course. Students enrolled in the High School Diploma program may take some IB classes, but are not eligible to receive an IB diploma upon graduation; instead, they receive IB certificates for their particular courses.
The school moved from its old site at 82 Xing Han Street to its current campus, at 208 Zhong Nan Jie, in 2005.
Senior Secondary Student Council
The Senior Secondary Student Council (SSSC) is a form of student government led by one teacher supervisor and six student leaders. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the council is made up of Executive Officer Joshua Tan, Director of Operations Misato Fujii, Internal Communications Ambassador Carol Lin, Marketing Director Tommy Lee, Finance Director Alice Du, Procurement Manager Elena Nam, and approximately twenty-five council representatives from grades nine to twelve.
The council is responsible for organizing various student events (though high school-targeted, many are available to all Secondary students), passing student opinion to the school administration, and participating in other activities to boost the overall communal experience in the school.
As of 2015, 29% of the students originated from Korea, 9% originated from Germany, 8% originated from the United States, 6% originated from Taiwan, and 4% originated from Malaysia.
University and college matriculation
The class of 2012 saw a growth in students applying and matriculating in Hong Kong institutions. More notable acceptances of 2012 graduates include: Imperial College London, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong U. of Science & Technology, McGill University, University of British Columbia, Queen's University, University of Toronto, Savannah College of Art & Design, Vassar College, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of California at Berkeley, and University of California at Irvine.
The class of 2011 had more applicants to American and UK universities and colleges. Acceptances include: University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester, University College London, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong U. of Science & Technology, McGill University, University of British Columbia, University of Guelph, Emily Carr School of Art and Design, Boston College, Boston University, Franklin and Marshall College, Lawrence University, Northeastern University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Ohio State University, Rutgers University, University of California at Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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