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    You should consider the international division of High School Affiliated to Fudan University, which¬†recently in cooperation with teacher’s college of Columbia University. I’ve looked at their curriculum and feel they are making a great effort seeking a balance between the east and west. The high school is itself a huge feeder for world class universities like the ivy+ and oxbridge, so academically there should be no worries.

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    I’ve read all the posts in this thread and found a few that mentioned YCIS but could anyone share personal experience or observation with YC-Pudong?

    My husband works in Shanghai without an expat package so the inexpensive SMIC Private School sounds very attractive but its location is too far out. YC is closer to our future apartment and they seem to put relatively more effort on teaching students the Chinese language, which I like.

    We’re from the US and my children have been attending (and enjoying) the local public school.

    I know that YCIS is based in HK and HK is influenced by the UK. Is YCIS very different from other American-Curriculum based international schools?

    Thank you!

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    I’ve read all the posts in this thread and found a few that mentioned YCIS but could anyone share personal experience or observation with YC-Pudong?

    My husband works in Shanghai without an expat package so the inexpensive SMIC Private School sounds very attractive but its location is too far out. YC is closer to our future apartment and they seem to put relatively more effort on teaching students the Chinese language, which I like.

    We’re from the US and my children have been attending (and enjoying) the local public school.

    I know that YCIS is based in HK and HK is influenced by the UK. Is YCIS very different from other American-Curriculum based international schools?

    YCIS in Shanghai (both Pudong & Puxi) follows an international curriculum based on the UK National Curriculum for England & Wales with an intensive Chinese programme attached. It offers PSAT and SAT testing for its own students only.

    Hope this helps

    #5205
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    Actually, there are many good local schools in Shanghai, and double languages are used in some of those good schools. Maybe your son or daughter can have a better education in any of those schools.

    #5206
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    It really depends. Which is the stronger and main language in use? Many bilingual local schools basically has some 70% of their lessons taught in Chinese, and possibly has 95% local children. How one can get a good English foundation under such circumstances is way beyond me.

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    /profile/137-mikematters/?do=hovercard” data-mentionid=”137″ href=”<___base_url___>/profile/137-mikematters/” rel=””>>@MikeMatters¬† you are so right about going to school where the kids will be able to practice the language they are learning. And even in a school where english is half a day…and the kids are at lunch break chatting with their friends in Chinese…..how can you learn to express yourself in english? When will they get a chance?

    We know a family where all 3 kids studied at SHS at one point or another. 4th grade, not one native english speaking teacher (out of like 5-6) …and they are suppose to be learning english (daughter stayed one year). Son in 3rd grade, philippino teacher supposedly from the USA….but regardless, ineffective teacher using lots of worksheets so I question how much learning and writing (son pulled out after 2 months).

    According to my friend, if you are doing average, you get something like a 75. If you are applying to college in the USA, they look at grade, ranking and what courses you take (AP, etc.). A 75 GPA would never get you into a decent college (equivalent to 80’s in the USA). Colleges have no idea what reputation SHS has, perhaps in China. But then again, a college would rather accept a 80’s GPA over a 70’s GPA anytime – no matter what school they go to (State University NY won’t even look at your application if your GPA is less than 78 and no one would consider that a tough school to get into and SAS won’t even consider you for school if the GPA is less than 80).

    My friend believed in the ‘name’ of SHS, because the school’s reputation/name is supposedly so incredibly awesome. (maybe because they told her that and perhaps that might help you if you are going to CHINESE university from the local division) and has now totally regrets SHS but she can’t get her child into any other school because of her daughter’s 70’s GPA. Her daughter is stuck there.

    Another example, grading should be relative to other kids in the school, my daughter got the 2nd highest grade on a science test (89), she got a B (15 kids or so and most got in the 70’s). Could have been a hard test. Could have been the teacher didn’t teach properly. Can’t be that all the kids were dumb.

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