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Swiss School Beijing

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CurriculumSwiss
Language of instructionGerman
Age RangeAges 3 to 12

Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction German
Native German teachers
Extra languages (other than German)
Class sizes Average 8 students / class
Maximum 16 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school is not available for a 12 year old child.

Address: c/o Western Academy of Beijing 10 Lai Guang Ying Dong Lu Chao Yang District Beijing 100102, P.R.C.
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

20

Number of nationalities represented in the school

6

Most common nationality

Swiss, Chinese, German

Ratio of local students to international students

There are no local students.

Max. number of students per class

16

Average number of students per class

8

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native German speaking teachers

Yes. We recruit highly qualified and experienced teachers. Our class teachers have educational qualifications that are recognized by the Swiss government. They speak German without any accent or dialect.

Language support for students not fluent in German

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

German, Chinese, English, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, Japanese, Swedish

Use of technology in the classroom

The Swiss School is an Apple Distinguished School and runs successful programs throughout the Elementary School, including:

1:2 iPad program for Kindergarten
1:1 iPad program for Grades 1 and 2
1:1 laptop program for Grades 3 to 5
Shared iPads in Early Years

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Sometimes. The school finishes at 3.20pm, so if there is homework, it won't be too much.

Approximate hours of homework given

1 hour

Uniform required

No

Waiting list

Not at the moment.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Please have a look at the Admission Guidelines on our homepage. In brief: Students need a foreign passport in order to join our school.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Students applying for admission at the start of a new school year are encouraged to do so before 30th of April. Places will continue to be offered after 30th of April, right up to the start of the school year, but the later an application for admission is submitted, the more likely it is to be waitlisted.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

In August 2017, the Swiss School Beijing opened its doors as the German language section of the Western Academy Beijing. The school will initially offer Kindergarten as well as Primary 1 and 2 classes, and will subsequently roll out a new class each year.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

No

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Children are at the centre of the learning process. Our main goal is to make sure that their learning is successful.
We recognise that every child is different and we therefore use a differentiated approach to teaching and learning.
We believe that education should be holistic, that it should develop academic knowledge as well as creative, sportive and social skills.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

8.30am

School finish time

3.20pm

Supervised care before/after school

No

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer a playgroup for smaller children every Thursday as well as several sports, arts and cultural activities. Parents can participate in our "parent link" community. School events take place throughout the year.

School provided lunches

There is a canteen, which provides healthy food for the students. One meal is about 30 RMB.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

There are plenty of choices every day. The canteen is equipped with microwaves, so students can bring their own food as well.

Sports activities included

Sports are included in the school curriculum twice a week. If the students wants to get more active he/she can join several sports programs after school.

Sports facilities at the school

We have a very well equipped gym, a huge outdoor sports ground and even a swimming pool where students can learn how to swim (additional fee).

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Swiss School Beijing is the first “Swiss School Abroad” in China and offers a unique window onto the Swiss education system. This system was built on the pedagogical principles introduced by J.H. Pestalozzi in the 18th century, and has contributed significantly towards Switzerland’s present-day ranking as the most innovative country worldwide. Education has always played a central role in the social, cultural and economic growth of Switzerland.

Our school nurtures:
A spirit of exploration and the motivation to learn
Creativity and innovation
Self-confidence and empathy
Responsibility and reliability
Respect for others and the environment
The ability to learn and the willingness to perform

Teaching approach of the school

How do we prepare our children for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow? We believe that this is best achieved by letting them discover the fun of learning and allowing them to grow up in a truly multicultural setting.

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