December 24 2013

International High School Program

  1. About International High School Program (IHSP)

Weiming International High School Program combines the educational pedagogies, curriculum, teaching strategies and evaluation systems from both China and Western countries to educate youth to become global citizens. IHSP is from grade 9-12 and is divided into two stages. In stage I, students will spend grade 9 and 10 in the International Department of Weiming schools to strengthen their English abilities, study US high school curriculum, experience a different learning style and culture, so as to be prepared for studying abroad. In stage II, students will transfer to the partner high schools in the USA and live with host families or at the Weiming Living and Learning Center. They will graduate from the partner high school and be ready for studying in world-eminent universities. This is also called a 2+2 program.

 

Newly enrolled 10th grade students can study in Weiming school for grade 10 and transfer to the US for grade 11 and 12 (1+2 program), or spend two years in Weiming school and the senior year in the US (2+1 program).

 

  1. Admission requirement

IHSP enrolls students from grade 9. Due to the different academic systems, Chinese students begin to apply to IHSP in grade 10 after taking ‘high school entrance examination’ and graduating middle school in grade 9. Most of IHSP 9th grade students are from Weiming schools who have clear goals of studying abroad in the future. IHSP new grade 10 students may come from the public schools in the local cities.

 

New applicants must provide transcripts for the previous two years; take a written test of English and math and an English oral test during an interview before receiving a letter of acceptance if the candidate meets the admission requirement.

 

  1. Administrators and teachers

Currently, Weiming schools of Shenzhen and Guangzhou are running IHSP. The schools have recruited highly qualified staff for IHSP administration and instruction.

 

 

  • Ms. LaurieAnne Rosenblatt, the Foreign Director of IHSP of Shenzhen School, has performed as a teacher, assistant principal, curriculum coach, academic trainer, and assessment and data coordinator in Arizona public schools.
  • Mr. Trevor Wattrus, the Foreign Director of IHSP of Guangzhou School, had been performing as the deputy principal of a high school in South Africa for 5 years before joining Weiming.
  • Ms. Xin, Guolan (Helena), the Chinese director of IHSP of Shenzhen school, has over 10 years experience of teaching in an international school in Beijing before joining Weiming.
  • Mr. Sun Mingliang, the Chinese Director of IHSP of Guangzhou, used to be the leading teacher and Head of English Department of Senior HS.

 

There are 4 teachers working in Shenzhen school and 6 teachers working in Guangzhou school. They are from Canada, USA and UK, respectively. All teachers have a bachelor degree or above, valid relevant teaching license, and rich teaching experience.

 

  1. Interdisciplinary Curriculum

IHSP combines the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) and Chinese National HS Standard. In Stage I, both schools of Shenzhen and Guangzhou offer the core and elective courses (see the table below) which enable students to gain enough credits before going to the partner schools in Michigan.

 

 

 

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

English

English

English

English

ESL

ESL

ESL

ESL

Math

Algebra 1 /Geo

Algebra 2 /Pre-Cal

Pre-Cal /AP Cal

Science

Chem.

Bio.

Phy.

Social Studies

World history

 

US history

Chinese

Chinese

Chinese

Chinese

Elective

Drama/Choir/Environmental Sci./ Design Tech./Multicultural issues etc.

 

 

 

  1. Instruction

Intimate Class Size: Classes are limited to no more than 25 students empowering each student to get involved in classroom dialogue and debate.

 

English Proficiency & ESL Program: Classroom instruction is taught primarily in English along with extensive reading of English literature and participation in English labs focused on reading, writing, speaking and listening.

 

At the end of the 1st and 3rd Quarters, students will take the English Standardized Exam (ESE). This exam is from a widely recognized, non-screening 3rd party so that Weiming students’ English level can be subjectively measured. The aim of this assessment is to evaluate students’ English proficiency and enable teachers to make adjustments to their instruction, and directors of IHSP to make the recommendations for students’ 2nd stage study in the partner schools.

 

Individualized study plan: Students entering Stage 1 will take a placement test in order to identify course level competencies in core subjects for development of appropriate course study. Assisted by an IHSP educator, each student will receive counseling on his/her study plan and academic trajectory based on current English proficiency and goals for future aspirations at the college level.

 

  1. Assessment

There will be four progress reports issued to the parents. Grades are comprised using a formative and summative assessment. The formative assessment evaluates the student’s daily progress, class participation, project work, and quiz results. The summative assessment contains results from formal testing, such as the mid-term, end-of-term, and end-of-year exam. Students’ semester results will be included into the overall GPA, and is part of his/her transcripts. The following is the grading policy implemented by Weiming:

 

A

93-100

4.0

 

C

73-76

2.0

A-

90-92

3.7

 

C-

70-72

1.7

B+

87-89

3.3

 

D+

67-69

1.3

B

83-86

3.0

 

D

63-66

1.0

B-

80-82

2.7

 

D-

60-62

0.7

C+

77-79

2.3

 

E

0-59

0.0

 

 

 

  1. IHSP Graduates

More than 300 Weiming students have enrolled foreign schools in US, UK, Canada, etc. In the year of 2012-2013, 100% of the Grade 12th students studying abroad have entered the colleges and universities.

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