Yew Chung International School

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Yew Chung International School
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Location
Hong Kong,
China
Information
Type Preschool, kindergarten, primary school, secondary school
Motto "Align with Science and Technology, Culture and Art, Love and Charity."
Established 1932
Director Dr. Betty Chan Po-King
Information enquiry@hk.ycef.com
Website

Yew Chung International School Hong Kong (YCIS) is an international school for girls and boys aged 6 months to 18 years (Infant & Toddler to Year 13). The campus is situated in Kowloon Tong. It is operated by Yew Chung Education Foundation, YCIS provides a fully rounded international education that shapes students into balanced and responsible citizens of a global community, within a bilingual environment (English and Chinese). It is operated by Yew Chung Education Foundation.[1]

Origins and history[edit]

Yew Chung was founded in 1932. Originally specialising in early childhood education, Yew Chung International School Hong Kong (YCIS) now provides international education from early childhood through primary school education and secondary school education. YCIS Hong Kong is part of a network of schools that includes Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and Qingdao in China, and Silicon Valley in the United States.

Quick facts[edit]

  • YCIS Hong Kong has been providing high-quality education to children of expatriate and local Hong Kong families for decades.[2]
  • YCIS Hong Kong offers an international curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England (NCE) with a bilingual focus on English and Chinese language acquisition.[3]
  • Students at YCIS Hong Kong learn to read, write, and speak fluent Mandarin Chinese through curricula tailored for both native and non-native speakers.[4]
  • Secondary School students at YCIS Hong Kong study IGCSE [5] and the IB Diploma Programme.[6]
  • YCIS Hong Kong curriculum in Years 1-3 includes violin lessons aimed at both instilling a lifelong love of music as well as greater confidence onstage.[7]
  • YCIS Hong Kong offers a unique Pre-IB course, parallel to Year 11, for new students seeking to prepare for the IB Diploma Programme.[8]

Timeline[edit]

  • 1932 - Yew Chung is founded. [9]
  • 1990s - Primary and secondary schools open.
  • 1990s - YCIS pioneers the co-teaching method. [10]
  • 2000 - YCIS Hong Kong becomes the first international school in Hong Kong to have IB graduates.
  • 2008 - YCIS Hong Kong joins the network to raise funds for the victims of Sichuan. [11]
  • 2010 - Yew Chung's Director, Dr. Betty Chan, receives an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois, US.[12]
  • 2011 - YCIS launches network charity, Seeds of Hope.[13]
  • 2015 - Yew Chung's Director, Dr. Betty Chan, receives an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Bath, UK.[14]
  • 2015 - YCIS Hong Kong Secondary is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) [15] and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). [16]

Education philosophy[edit]

YCIS is committed to offering a global education characterized by:

  • A fully rounded and balanced education which nurtures the whole child: academically, socially and spiritually;
  • An emphasis on academic excellence, dual language acquisition (English and Chinese) and the tools for success in a globalised world;
  • A bilingual and multicultural learning environment which fosters respect for diversity;
  • A supportive and nurturing school life which seeks to produce confident, balanced and socially responsible individuals.[17]

YCIS curriculum overview[edit]

YCIS Hong Kong's international curriculum is based on the framework and schemes of work from the National Curriculum for England (NCE). It is a research based curriculum that strives to unite the best elements of Eastern and Western traditions and practices in all aspects of its education model. Yew Chung International – Secondary is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). In addition, the secondary school is authorised as a Cambridge International Examinations Centre (CIE) and as an International Baccalaureate World School (IBO).

  • Chinese Programme:

Students learn to read, write and speak fluent Mandarin Chinese through curricula tailored for both native and non-native speakers. The Chinese Language and Culture Programme runs from kindergarten all the way through to graduation and helps students attain a strong command of the Chinese language after two to three years. YCIS Hong Kong offers CFL (Chinese and a First Language) and CAL (Chinese as an Additional Language) classes, each with multiple levels, to ensure that students receive an appropriately challenging Chinese-language course.

  • Co-Teaching Model:

Within each kindergarten and primary school classroom, two fully qualified co-teachers, one Western and one Chinese, work together and share all responsibilities relating to the care and education of students in the class. They plan and work together to provide students with a variety of learning experiences and help students develop English and Chinese communication skills in a bi-cultural and fully immersive bilingual environment.

  • IGCSE Programme:

YCIS Hong Kong provides the popular and academically challenging curriculum for Years 10-11 culminate in the International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations.

  • IB Diploma Programme:

The IB Diploma Programme at YCIS Hong Kong offers an exemplary international education that equips students to make informed choices and contributions as caring global citizens of the world. Graduates excel to enter top universities around the world.

Character education[edit]

The aim of YCIS Hong Kong's Character Education programme is to give students the practical knowledge and skills to help them face the ethical, moral, spiritual, social, and cultural issues of adulthood by reflecting on their experiences in real world situations. It helps them understand and responsibly manage a wider range of relationships as they mature, and teaches them the respect for diversity that is needed in today's "global village." Beyond lesson time, students also find aspects of character education in assemblies, group activities, and across many charity events, which aim at helping them accomplish inner transformation.[18]

Accreditation and authorisation[edit]

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)[19]
  • Council of International Schools (CIS)[20]
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)[21]
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)[22]
  • A member of Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS)[23]

YCIS International School charity[edit]

In 2008 as a result of the Sichuan earthquake, Yew Chung International Schools started a charity called Seeds of Hope. Through a partnership with the China Youth Development Foundation, 'Hope Schools' are established in various parts of rural China. The funds for the charity are generated through charity driven projects and matched by local government organisations to build Seeds of Hope Schools.[24]

Facilities[edit]

  • Swimming pool
  • Gymnasium
  • IT suites
  • Libraries and multimedia room
  • Art rooms
  • Design and technology rooms
  • Auditorium
  • Student canteens
  • Music rooms
  • Multiple science laboratories
  • Senior students' lounge
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Dance studio
  • Tennis court
  • Basketball court
  • New classrooms
  • New libraries

Awards[edit]

YCIS Hong Kong has consecutively received the gold award in the Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand from 2011 to 2016.[25]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yew Chung Education Foundation
  2. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "YCIS Global Education". Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  3. ^ GOV UK. "National Curriculum of England". Department for Education, United Kingdom. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  4. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "YCIS Chinese Programme". Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  5. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "IGCSE Programme". Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  6. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "IB Diploma Programe". Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  7. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "Art and Music Programme". Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  8. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "Pre-IB Programme". Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  9. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "Yew Chung is founded". Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  10. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "Co-teaching method". Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  11. ^ YCEF. "Fund raising". Yew Chung Edcuation. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  12. ^ YCEF. "Dr. Betty Chan receives Honorary Degree". Yew Chung Education Foundation. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  13. ^ YCEF. "Launch of Seeds of Hope". Yew Chung Education Foundation. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  14. ^ YCEF. "Dr. Betty Chan receives Honorary Degree". Yew Chung Education Foundation. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  15. ^ CIS. "Accredited by CIS". Council of International Schools. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  16. ^ NEASC. "Accredited by NEASC". New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  17. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "YCIS Philosophy and Objectives". Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  18. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "YCIS Character Education". Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  19. ^ New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  20. ^ Council of International Schools (CIS)
  21. ^ International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
  22. ^ International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
  23. ^ Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS)
  24. ^ YCIS Hong Kong. "YCEF Character Education". Yew Chung Education Foundation. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  25. ^ Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand. "YCEF Character Education". Reader's Digest. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 

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Coordinates: 22°20′16″N 114°10′37″E / 22.3377°N 114.1769°E / 22.3377; 114.1769