- What are some of the biggest differences between the SMIC School and other international-style schools?
- What are the school hours?
- Why the name “SMIC” Private School?
- When was the Shanghai campus founded?
The SMIC School is a bilingual school. To serve the unique needs of our student body, the school offers two academic tracks - an International Track and a Chinese Track.
One of the biggest differences is in the tuition fee. We offer the same quality teaching and curriculum as the best international schools in Shanghai for less than half the price. Within the International Track, we also have a very solid Chinese language program where students are placed in the appropriate classes based on their Chinese proficiency.
The name comes from the company, “Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation”, China’s largest and most advanced semiconductor company. SMIC Company originally created the school in Shanghai for employees’ children. However, the school has grown phenomenally since then and non-employees' children account for the majority of the current student population.
- How can one apply to SMIC-I?
- What are the subjects that will be tested during the entrance assessment?
- Can my child transfer to your school in the middle of the semester?
- What are the SMIC School tuition fees?
- Can visiting parents sit in during lessons?
Applicants applying to SMIC-I will need to take entrance assessments on Math and English (reading comprehension, writing and oral skills). Elementary Grade 1 applicants will be assessed based on their speaking, reading and writing ability. Please refer to the current Admissions Conferences for more information on the entrance assessments for EK1, EK2 and Grade 1.
- What is your academic curriculum based upon?
- What is the average class size? What is the teacher-student ratio?
- In SMIC-I, how do you cater to students with different levels of Chinese?
- CCC Program
SMIC-I follows an American-based curriculum and in addition to core courses taught in English, students also take Chinese language classes according to the level of their Chinese proficiency. For more information about the curriculum and the teaching standards we follow, please refer to the elementary, middle and high school pages.
The School offers two different Chinese language programs: Chinese Regular (Yuwen) and Chinese as a Second language (CSL). Students with native Chinese language skills may take regular Chinese classes which follow a standardized Chinese curriculum as set forth by the Full-time Compulsory Education Chinese Curriculum standards. Students who are not native Chinese speakers may take CSL (Chinese as a Second Language) classes, which follows standards devised through the International Curriculum for Chinese Language. For more details, please contact the CSL department.
SMIC Chinese Concentration Class (CCC) Program
The Chinese Concentration Class (CCC) program was introduced to SMIC-I Elementary School in 2011, and has become a popular program for prospective SMIC-I parents. This is a three-year program specially designed at the elementary level to provide the essence of both Western and Eastern educations, and build a solid foundation in English, Chinese and Math computational skills.
English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Music, Arts and Computer classes follow well-established American curriculum. The Chinese Language curriculum is enhanced with four additional periods of classical reading and composition practice. The Math class follows the local curriculum, in which computational skills are emphasized.
This strenuous program requires students to have complete mastery of both languages to be successful. Potential students are required to pass both English and Chinese exams. Students who achieve higher scores will be accepted first. Students in the program are required to stay for at least one school year. They cannot drop out of the program and switch to the regular class in the middle of the school year. Switching will depend on the availability of vacancy in the other program.
The program and students are closely monitored to ensure maximum learning outcome. The homework load is approximately 2 hours a night. Parents need to take this seriously into consideration before the enrollment, and assist their children on time management once in the program.
- What are student meals like?
- Is it mandatory for students to eat in the school cafeteria? Can they bring their own lunch?
- Is school bus service provided?
- Do you provide dormitory for students from out-of-town?
Yes, there are more than 20 shuttle buses providing bus service for students who live in various locations in Pudong and Puxi. For more details, please contact Mr. Rich Qin by phone at +86-21-5855-4588 ext. 364 or by email at email@example.com.