The private English boarding school Saint Paul American School (SPAS, American School of St. Paul) was established in 2007. Nowadays, about 300 students study here (grades 7-12), and the institution itself is included in the large international education network NACEL. Main goal Paul American School is the development of future leaders: competitive, self-confident, able to take responsibility and successfully work in an international environment.
The school provides a unique opportunity: it combines the strong traditions of the average American school and the severity, the consistency of the Chinese educational system, the chance to study the rich history and culture of the Celestial Empire. The latter became possible thanks to fruitful cooperation with Beijing Pedagogical University, recognized leader of higher education in China. Education in SPAS gives children the opportunity to comprehensively, effectively prepare for further education in Chinese or American colleges and universities. St. Paul American School has the prestigious accreditation of U.S. North Central Committee of Accreditation (NCA).
Not only Chinese and Americans study here, but also representatives of many other countries - foreign students make up about 20% of students. The school has representatives from Japan, Thailand and the Philippines, Australia and Brazil, Mexico, Slovakia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Korea, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and Poland. The teaching staff, like most of the administrative staff, is represented by American teachers, but among them there are Chinese teachers who fluently speak English. The school adopted a dress code, carefully tracked attendance and the level of discipline, encourage diligence and punctuality. The ratio of teachers to students is approximately 1:10.
Beijing is one of the 6 oldest cities in the country: it is a real stronghold of Chinese political and public life, the most important cultural, educational and commercial center, home to almost 15 million inhabitants. Education here will help children to join the general flow of world culture, to learn how to interact with people of different nationalities, to get used to new traditions, to become more educated, tolerant, inquisitive and diversely developed personalities. The school is located in the area of the Olympic Village (Beijing Olympic Village Area), in the technologically and infrastructure developed area of the city.
Like most other institutions of the NACEL network, the St Paul American School specializes in the High School Program: teaching children in high school from 7th to 12th grade. The main goal is not only to give children a quality education, but also to prepare them for life in a modern multicultural society, to teach them to respect and accept other traditions, points of view and opinions. This is the basis for world cooperation, the basic principle of peaceful coexistence of all religions, nations and cultures.
A fairly wide range of subjects covering all fundamental fields of knowledge is being studied:
There are also elective disciplines that students can choose at their own discretion:
There are intensive English courses (mainly for those students who plan to take international tests and exams), elective courses for colleges and universities.
Students have an opportunity to study and live in a full-board school: there are separate residences for boys and girls (only 2 buildings). Each room is designed for 2-3 people, fully furnished with necessary furniture and appliances, includes a sink and shower, an individual workplace for each student. In free access on each floor there is a cozy lounge zone for rest, in which there is TV, computer equipment, refrigerator and microwave.
The rooms are cleaned by the maid once every 2-3 days, students have access to the Internet in all rooms, can use the laundry.
The main meals are held in the common cafeteria: the children are served traditional Oriental dishes (Chinese, Japanese and Korean). In their free time, students can prepare themselves light snacks in common living rooms.
Many students spend free time for sports activities: basketball, soccer, badminton are popular. There is a dance and drama studio, you can sing in a school choir or play in a local rock band. Especially popular are the traditional Chinese arts: here you can learn calligraphy or martial arts, play national instruments or master ancient culinary recipes. Conducted classes on traditional poetry, singing, drawing.
In addition to classes, students visit technical and computer labs, a spacious library, and are provided with free access to the Internet. For sports and events there is an Olympic format pool (length of the tracks is 50 meters), a large sports hall, a multifunctional stadium with running tracks, fields for football and basketball. In their free time, students like to meet at a school café, where you can chat with friends over a cup of tea or coffee.
Academic Year in Paul American School is divided into 2 semesters, education starts in September or January. For a short while the school closes in February, during the New Year celebration according to the Chinese calendar. If you want to start your studies in late August-September, then the application must be submitted before April 15, if the anticipated start of the program in January - until October 30.
The indicated cost already includes:
The amount is not included and is paid separately:
Required documents, depending on the type of institution:
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