THIS Virtual Open Day & Frequently Asked Questions
On December 2nd, Tsinghua International School held its long-awaited Virtual Open Day. This opportunity was well received by parents as indicated by our high attendance rate. During the two-hour event, the number of online participants continuously increased and there was a lively interaction between parents and the school, with an in-depth communication about the school and the parents’ concerns.
At first, THIS Executive Principal Li gave a comprehensive presentation about the school’s core values, key features, the student body, and 10 years of THIS’s growth and overall achievements. Prospective parents learned about the types of programs we have to offer including a general overview of our students and faculty and staff.
开放日还设置了小学、中学部分会场，针对不同学部进行介绍。家长们纷纷在线上提出自身关注的教育问题，并由各学部主任重点解答。小学部会场由校长助理白文婷女士和小学部主任Britni Padilla 女士主持，中学部会场由行政主任董文博女士和中学部主任 Dieu-Anh Nguyen女士主持。在此期间，课程主任Caroline Scott女士对初高中的课程设置也进行了详细讲解，升学指导顾问团队的老师们也在问答环节中，细致地分析了家长关注的升学热点话题。
The parents then were welcomed to join either the primary or secondary division session. THIS Primary School Director, Ms. Britni Padilla, along with Assistant Principal Bai Wenting hosted the primary division session. While, the secondary meeting was hosted by Administration Director Ms. Toni Dong and Secondary School Director Ms. Dieu-Anh Nguyen. Ms. Caroline Scott, Curriculum Director, and the college counseling team also provided a summary of our secondary curriculum, course offerings, and the college application process.
We thank all the parents who showed their enthusiasm and commitment during our Virtual Open Day.
Please read on to see what hot topics or common questions the parents are asking!
Is the admissions window open for next school year?
Yes. THIS is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. Students admitted for the new school year will be enrolled at THIS campus. There is only one THIS campus and we are located on the Tsinghua University High School campus.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from outstanding students: first grade for new students and grades 2-11 for transfer students. For foreign applicants, students need to hold valid foreign passports and valid Chinese visa pages. For students from Hong Kong or Macau, students need to hold valid Hong Kong or Macau permanent identity cards, valid mainland travel permits, and valid passports.
What makes THIS’s teaching strong?
We combine the best parts of Chinese and Western education.
THIS has always actively practiced the idea of combining Chinese and Western patterns of education and of emphasizing international education with Tsinghua characteristics. Since most courses are taught in English, the immersive English environment ensures our students’ English proficiency. In addition, students also study required courses in Chinese language and culture.
Students learn and grow in a positive and supportive environment.
At THIS, we encourage our students to find joy in what they are doing while they sharpen their academic abilities. Everyone in the learning community takes care of one another. In addition to having strong bilingual skills and having won many awards in various bilingual competitions, our students possess a deep understanding of both Chinese and Western cultures. As a result, THIS students share genuine friendships and team spirit in both their studies and student activities.
We are a team of dedicated professional teachers.
Our teachers, both foreign and Chinese, are professionally trained, have their appropriate teaching credentials, and are experienced in teaching. Many of our Chinese teachers are graduates of well-known universities with majors in Chinese language and literature. THIS foreign teachers come from all over the world including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
How does THIS foster student’s Chinese roots?
As a school belonging to the Tsinghua-affiliated system, THIS has always carried a sense of responsibility. Although we admit foreign students, we hope that their studies in China will provide them with a deep heritage of Chinese language and culture. Drawing from this sense of self-identity, THIS students will be able to speak for China on the world stage. This has always been our educational ideal and sentiment.
Since the beginning, we have always had Chinese as a compulsory core subject for all grades. At the same time, we have established a Chinese-language curriculum system that integrates Chinese language, Chinese history and Eastern Art, and helps students acquire a well-rounded Chinese cultural heritage.
We also have our own special programs, such as our Chinese studies program, picture book program and Tsinghua school-based program. In terms of student activities, we organize “China Day” annually to provide a stage for students to express their Chinese dreams. In addition, the Chinese Writing Club, Chinese Debate Club, Chinese Newspaper Club and other Chinese clubs allow students to further practice their language skills and experience the charm of language and culture outside of the classroom. Our students have won many Chinese debating competitions. To date, our school has become the highest ranked international school in the world for Chinese language debating.
We hope that after the students have learned and mastered the excellent Chinese traditional culture, they will be able to spread what they have learned to the rest of the world in the future.
What kind of service is provided by the school’s college counseling team?
THIS has a committed team of professional college counselors. Our philosophy is to guide students to find the best fit college – a college that they will prepare them for a productive, constructive and satisfying life after their academic studies. Our counseling team provide students and parents various forms of guidance support including parent and student workshops, regular one-on-one meetings, visits from college admissions officers, advice on extracurricular activities, and preparation of college application materials and interview training.
Additionally, THIS offers 16 AP courses, including science, economics, liberal arts, English language and literature. Our school is a test center for SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP exams and is only open to THIS students. Being able to take these exams on campus has proven to be a great convenience for our students.
With the support of the college counseling team, THIS graduates have been accepted to many well-known universities around the world.
What quailty do we value from familes who are expecting to join THIS?
During Open Day, when concluding THIS’s achievements for the past 10 more years, THIS Executive Principal Ms. Li Wenping said:
“While our students have excelled in top international and domestic athletic and academic events, received numerous honors, and been accepted to many of the world’s top colleges, I would focus more on whether our students are growing into what we want them to be and whether we are achieving our goals. Over the past decade, THIS has been committed to the mission of “fostering creative critical thinkers who have roots in China and prepared to lead in the global community” and has cultivated a large number of students with Chinese cultural heritage and international perspectives. This is what we are proud of. ”
该图由2021届毕业生 高仪雯 （Leni Gao）设计