The High School program at Tsinghua International School is designed to help students “FIND THEIR PASSION”! The focused set of required courses ensure that students continue their development as creative, critical thinkers, while the extensive array of elective courses provide them with opportunities to explore areas of interest and have experiences that may alter the paths of their lives. Teachers are all specialists in their content areas and work diligently to challenge students as learners and as future leaders. Within every course students are required to research and defend their positions, to write extensively and for a variety of purposes, to participate in collaborative project groups and to work to attain their own individual potential. Deep involvement in after school programs and sports is encouraged and often leads to students assuming leadership roles in those organizations. By the end of grade 12 students are well prepared to succeed at competitive universities and ultimately the workplace.
What I like about THIS is how easy it is to get involved in the activities and subjects that you’re passionate about and how all your classmates and teachers are supportive of what you do.- Ruofan, High School Student
THIS is an incredibly collaborative family. The wonderful students, teachers and parents inspire our passion to be better teachers and mentors to everyone.- Wenting Bai, Teacher
I like THIS because the school supports what we like to do and encourages us to try new things!- Claudia, High School Student
Admission to Tsinghua International School is a three part process. Students are required to have adequate grades from their previous school, pass a math test as well as an academic English exam and complete an interview in English. The overwhelming majority of our students come with some level of Chinese language ability, but it is not required. All students must have a valid, international passport to attend the school.
All secondary students at THIS undertake advanced study in both English and Chinese. The school’s language of instruction is English, and students who are below required proficiency levels in English take our regular courses, but also additional language support courses to improve their academic English. Once students have shown mastery of academic English, they are no longer required to take the additional courses. In Chinese language, we offer courses for both first and second language speakers. For students who are native speakers of Chinese, the curriculum is similar to that in a Chinese national school, with advanced work in history and literature to develop reading, writing and public speaking skills.
Our Activities Program consists broadly of four components:
- Community building: Every year we dedicate the first two weeks of school to community building, including special off campus field trips at each grade-level.
- Curriculum-based trips and Activities: Academic field trips and hands-on department days (e.g. History Day) focused on subject matter as well as applied understandings and skills in real life contexts.
- Extra-Curricular Activities: Numerous clubs which span a variety of interests are available each semester to secondary division students. Some clubs are student directed while others are led by THIS teachers.
- Evaluating and Sharing Knowledge: Students and teachers reflect on our activities within the framework of our mission, vision and value. Collecting trip feedback and presenting information about what was learned on each trip is part of our evaluation and sharing process.
- International Schools Athletic Conference (ISAC), full membership since 2014. Division II: Boys volleyball, Girls volleyball, Boys basketball, Girls Soccer Division III: Girls basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball Sportsmanship awards earned in all three sports, at the Middle and High School levels.
- Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS): Trial member (2015) Athletic facilities: THIS Spartans share a gym and sports field with Tsinghua High School.
Services include individual, group, and classroom guidance on topics such as academic difficulty, peer relations, family crisis (death, divorce, etc.), and social/emotional concerns. Both counselor and teachers collaborate to create individualized programs for students and to develop classroom interventions.