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Dear Visitor:

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration, I would like to thank you for visiting our web portal for the International Department of Beijing Bayi School.

On 1 September 2016, The International Department will enter its fourth year stronger and better than ever. After a formative founding period of three years where we successfully implemented a very strong American - Chinese dual academic program in which our students achieved great results on the huikao, AP, SAT, TOEFL, and IELTS examinations leading our first graduating class of 54 students to receive over 220 college offers and more than $1.6 million in scholarship award monies to attend colleges in the USA, Canada, and the UK, we are proud to share our department with you.

More importantly than their performances on any standardized examinations, our students also achieved exceptional results in their academic coursework conducted equally in both English and Chinese. Our students take pride in the knowledge that they earn realistic grades (based on a scale of standards adopted from expectations at elite independent schools in the United States) in very challenging classes where not everyone can earn an A no matter how hard he or she works. This is a really difficult concept for many of our students and parents to accept or realize is possible at first. Yet, in the western world, a course in which every student can earn an A is thought to be too easy or too low level. Therefore, the courses are taught with demanding expectations, rigorous requirements, detailed writing and lab reports, and lots of projects. The net result is that earning a C or B is considered a very good grade, and earning an A is considered an exceptional grade–reserved only for those very top students who perform far above average. All of this hard work to achieve a realistic grading system and real grades has earned the Department an outstanding reputation with foreign universities who visit our school and know of our reputation.  This has allowed our students in the class of 2016 to be accepted into colleges overseas that vastly exceeded the expectations of their parents and our school administration.

Certainly the support and dedication to the students from our world class, international faculty and leading-edge quality Chinese Class Teachers made this possible. Equally critical, however, was the complete devotion of our parents to their kids and the support for and confidence in the expertise of our department. Most realized quickly that attending classes in our school, rather than spending endless hours at test preparation centers was more beneficial to the their collegiate placement results and fundamental thinking and learning.

In addition, our department's first graduating class was guided in their college admissions process to great collegiate success by a college counseling plan that began back in tenth grade with general parent and student coaching assemblies held with the college counselors, then transitioned to twice-weekly college counseling classes in the spring of junior year where a complete college application curriculum was set and delivered, and culminated with their assignment to 27:1 ratio of students to counselors in the fall of senior year to guide, advise, and coach them in their actual application process to "best fit" colleges and universities in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the USA. The faculty generated incredibly detailed letters of recommendation based on having taught the students in small class sizes, coached the students in dynamic and interesting co-curricular activities where students individual talents can shine, and advised them as official academic advisors as part of our 3-year-old advisory program based on model programs in exceptional independent schools in the United States.

We are very pleased with and proud of our students who demonstrate a true passion and love for deep thinking and problem-solving, who work tirelessly to master knowledge and build a strong foundation for future academic success where ever they may go in their future. We know they will leave us as stronger, more thoughtful, and more daring and dynamic young people set to go abroad as excellent ambassadors of their home country and prepared to participate actively in building a great future for this planet and beyond based on their individual strengths and their common bond.

We welcome you to visit our school and learn all about what we are doing, and why we believe we have the best international program in the city.


Sincerely,


Martin S. C. Thompson

Chancellor of International Education

Beijing Bayi School



大家好:

我谨代表全体教职工人员和行政部门,感谢您访问北京市八一学校国际部门户网站。

2016年9月1日,国际部将迎来更好更壮大的第四年。在前三年的奠基下,我们成功实现了中美融合的课程体系,学生在会考、AP课程、SAT、托福和雅思的考试中均取得了良好的成绩。我们第一届的毕业班包括54名学生,共收到了美国、加拿大和英国220余所大学的录取通知书,荣获的奖学金超过160万美元。与您共享国际部的荣誉,我们倍感骄傲。

比起学生在标准化考试中的表现,更重要的是他们在学术课中展现出的中英文双语能力同样出色。在一些非常具有挑战性的课程中,学生以学到的知识为傲,取得了实际成绩(课程的设置基于美国顶尖私立学校系列标准),但不论多努力,也不是每个人都能获得A的成绩。这对于很多学生和家长来说,刚开始都是很难接受也很难相信的。然而,在西方,如果每个学生都能在某门课上获得A的成绩,那么这门课程不是太过简单就是水平太低。因此,这些课程都具备很高的期望和很严的要求,涵盖了复杂的写作和实验报告以及诸多课程。获得C或B的净学分已经是非常好的成绩,A是很罕见的,只有远高于平均水平的尖子生才能获得。我们努力实现真正的分级制度和真实的成绩,这一切都为国际部带来了杰出的荣誉,访问我校的国外大学皆知国际部良好的声誉,让2016届的毕业生能顺利进入国外知名高校,这远远超出了家长和学校的期望。

当然,我们国际班、国际师资团队和顶尖的中方课程教师支持学生、全力奉献,才让这一切变为可能。同样重要的是家长对学生的倾力奉献和国际部对专业知识的大力支持与绝对自信。大多数学生认识到在八一上课更利于大学预科成绩,更有助于培养思维意识与学习能力。而不是在备考中心浪费无穷无尽的时间来准备考试。

此外,国际部第一批毕业班在升学指导中心的指导下,在入学时取得了优异的考学成绩。高一时,所有父母和学生就要参加由升学指导组织的辅导会;紧接着在高一第二学期变为一周两次,还会确定申请大学的课程,到了高二第一学期,根据成绩按27:1的比例分配学生和班主任,在实际申请大学的过程中进行指导、建议、辅导以考入最合适的大学(澳大利亚、加拿大、欧洲和美国)。学校老师会以小班形式教课,教授有趣的中英双方课程,学生在这些课程中都能发挥个人才能,老师还会作为学生导师给出建议,给出三年制的课程建议,这个课程建议是基于美国顶尖私立学校的课程标准;老师会依据以上这些写出非常详细的推荐信。

那些热爱深度思考和解决问题的学生,那些孜孜不倦学习知识给未来和今后的成功添砖加瓦的学生,我们为你们感到无比欣慰与自豪。我们深知毕业后他们会成为更强大、更深思、更果敢、更有活力的年青人,他们会作为出色的中国使节踏上留学的征程,将用个人和集体的力量为世界创造美好的未来。

我们欢迎您来本校参观,了解我们所做的一切,了解我们为何相信国际部在北京市拥有最好的国际教育项目。


此致。

马丁.S.C汤普森

北京市八一学校·国际部国际教育总监