SIBS FAQ Regarding School and Curriculum
Welcome to Springboard International Bilingual School where your child’s educational journey begins. At SIBS, we have over fourteen years of international educational experience and over 70% of our student body represents foreign nationalities. SIBS students take great pride in their school, in themselves and in their education because we off a learning in an environment where it is abundantly clear that everyone around them cares about their happiness and success. At SIBS, we provide a quality education through small intimate class settings, where the teacher to student ratio is never larger than 1:6. We utilize the American Common Core curriculum so our teaching philosophy synchronizes with the United States. We are managed by an American principal and surround our students with teachers from the United States who are passionate about teaching. Our bilingual education also offers quality Chinese Language and Chinese math programs.
Our senior high school program accepts both foreign and Chinese students. We use the Chinese public school curriculum and over 90% of our students are accepted by top universities such as Peking and Tsinghua. Over the years, SIBS has graduated over 10,000 high school students. Our graduates are granted a diploma certificate authorized by the Chinese National Board of Education. SIBS ranks at the top of schools accepting foreign students that enter Chinese top universities.
We have also forged a partnership with a school in the United States called Wasatch Academy. This partnership allows SIBS to offer its students the chance to study abroad in America. We offer a program where students study at our school and earn a dual degree in both China and America. Our programs with Wasatch also offer our students the opportunity for A/P courses as well as prepare them for college in America.
In all, SIBS offers a strong curriculum combined with an excellent faculty, which enables us to provide and education where every student has the chance to thrive and be well prepared for the world outside.
At Springboard International Bilingual School our mission is to provide an exemplary bilingual model of early adolescent education. English is the most spoken language in the world and the official language of over fifty countries. As the world we live in changes and is increasingly interconnected and learning the foundation of the English language is ever so important. Our bilingual program provides a positive, success-oriented learning program for our young learners that will enable them to compete in the 21st century.
Learning another language is a step towards understanding other cultures and joining the global community. A bilingual education carries concrete advantages and improves abilities for children who grow up speaking a second language. It has been shown that at the age six multilingual children exhibit a cognitive advantage which carries over with their education for the rest of their lives. SIBS provides a comfortable learning environment during the early stages of Kindergarten through first grade where learning the language comes naturally.
At SIBS we offer a progressive instruction where our students receive a well-rounded education. How do we do it? First, we have established a campus with a wonderful family feel. Then we hire teachers who strive to do their best and bring the best out of the students’. We then offer an intimate learning environment, where all teachers know who are students are. A strong curriculum combined with an excellent faculty enables us to provide and education where every student has the chance to thrive and be well prepared for the world outside.
- We provide a quality education through small intimate class settings where the student to teacher ratio is never larger than 1:6. Small class sizes enables us to access a student’s proper level, aide individual students and hold maintain a class that can utilize small group exercises.
- Students are given standard American Common Core reading assessments on a regularly basis which provides us with a benchmark and allows us to track their performance and ensure reading and fluency improvement.
- Highly qualified passionate teachers who receive professional development and regular evaluation of their work.
- A bilingual education, which enables a student to learn a second language and succeed in their classes, taught in English.
- A thorough focus on academic achievement and assessment with the aim to have each student attaining success reading, writing and learning at their grade level.
- Excellent advice, support and guidance through our structured ESL classes.
- An American curriculum that includes assessment and placement to ensure that every student can progress, whatever a student’s starting point.
- Comprehensive after school programs that identify the huge impact that art, music, and sports make to the development of young people.
- A strong sense of family, where parents, students and teachers all work together in genuine partnership with open and regular communication being at the focus of what we do.
- A safe and positive learning environment where the health of our students is paramount and every child is given the freedom to learn and succeed.
As SIBS we utilize the American Common Core Curriculum. Our curriculum aims to develop a student’s higher level thinking skills, and connects their learning to the real world in all areas of academic study, the arts, technology, and character development. As a bilingual school we understand that language opens the doors to new and exciting experiences and opportunities. We understand that English is the number one language spoken and the official language of over fifty countries. Our curriculum offers students the access to learning English American Core curriculum standards and assessment.
At SIBS our kindergarten program accepts students ages 3 through 6. As children reach school age, our comprehensive kindergarten program helps young learners explore, communicate, and create in an all-nurturing, small class setting. Our kindergarten program is designed to allow students to develop the social skills and work on material while building study habits that will prepare them for a smooth transition to our elementary school. We utilize Scott Foresman and Jolly Phonics textbooks that are support the American Common Core Curriculum. We screen and train teachers whose teaching methods are diverse and focus on teaching our students the English and life skills they need to succeed at the next level.
K1&K2&K3 Kindergarten the initial bilingual stage:
A bilingual education carries concrete advantages and improves abilities for children who grow up speaking a second language. The SIBS bilingual program contains a fifty-fifty weekly language split, where one day of school is taught in English with a native English speaking teacher and the next day is taught in Chinese from a native Chinese speaker. K1&K2&K3 are years of highly visible progress in reading and language arts. We deliver our curriculum through many different ways such as reviewing phonics books, role-plays, stories, art, games and songs. Our program also provides lessons on proper behavior and life skills, which allow students to focus and cultivate good living habits. Moreover, we offer two healthy nutritional meals and snacks each day that include a variety of meat, fruit and vegetable dishes. The K1&K2&K3 school schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
KG - Kindergarten
Our KG program is designed to allow students to develop the academic skills that provide for a proper and smooth transition to the first grade. KG is a year of highly visible progress in reading and language arts. Each morning the KG conducts a “Morning Meeting” where as a class the students greet each other in English and read and learn a new short story. Reading is an important life skill that the faculty focuses on at SIBS. Then it’s on to Math, Science and Social Studies. For our KG, 70% of the classes are taught in English by foreign teachers and 30% are taught in Chinese.
Reading and Language:
- Developing an awareness of letters
- Recognizing that letters have specific sounds
- Awareness of the relationship of “letters to words” and “words to sentences”
- Developing a basic vocabulary set by listening and identifying unknown words in stories
- Recognizing basic sight words in text
Basic Math Operations:
- Count from 1-100
- Addition & Subtraction
- Simple geometry (pattern recognition and description)
- Learn about the concept of living and non-living thing
- Learn about the environment
- Students learn about topics such as friendship community
- Transportation and family
In all, our kindergarten learning goals are implemented using an American curriculum platform, which incorporates the use of Scott Foresman textbooks and Jolly Phonics. Jolly Phonics is used in American school programs to assist children in the development of literacy skills such as letter and sound recognition.
Our K3 students also have weekly music and P.E. classes. We have a professional music teacher who teaches basic music theory and dance as well as singing and flute to our children. Our K3 P.E. class allows students to perform physical fitness activities that develop and improve their balance, locomotors skills and hand-eye coordination. In addition to music and P.E., we offer weekly swimming lessons and After School Activities such as arts & crafts, football, Lego building, guitar, chess, clay making, cooking, choir and violin.
With a balanced curriculum and variety of classes our K3 outcomes are:
- The child will have a strong sense of identity
- The child will be connected with and contribute to his or her world
- The child will have a strong sense of wellbeing
- The child will be a confident and involved learner
- The child will be an effective communicator
Our purpose at SIBS is to offer a high quality bilingual elementary program, focusing on excellence in learning that allows our students to become intelligent thinkers. Our elementary program provides an American based curriculum that offers individual assessments and evaluations while a professional Chinese staff teaches our Chinese courses. SIBS emphasizes a hands-on integrated learning approach that trains students to focus on building the proper reading and writing skills, as well as cultivating them to maintain a proper healthy lifestyle.
Our purpose at SIBS is to offer a high quality elementary program, focusing on excellence in learning while our students develop their social and emotional skills preparing them for the world in a constructive and inspiring manner. Our elementary programs focus is to provide an American based curriculum that meets the individualized needs of each student.
Our educational program is designed to teach children the way they learn best. SIBS emphasizes hands-on integrated learning in an intimate, respectful, creative, and challenging school environment. We help young learners make important connections that make learning real and meaningful.
When students come to SIBS with little or limited experience in English or Chinese, we offer immersive language programs to fit their needs. Our English as Second Language (ESL) and Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) programs provide dedicated support in the form of pull-out lessons or special in- class targetlessons that help children to benefit from their English and Chinese immersion environment around them.
All of our students are given leveled reading and comprehension assessments throughout the year. These American Common Core assessments allow our teachers to assess the proper reading level of each student. Students then read appropriate leveled books from our library or from those that are provided in our classrooms to improve reading fluency and comprehension. Each morning, leveled reading is required for students from 8:20 to 8:45.
At SIBS students learn English writing, speaking, listening and reading on a daily basis. Students are also taught math, which reinforces our Chinese math curriculum. The students are also taught science, social studies, art, music and physical education in an English environment.
English: Starting with the 2014-5 academic year, SIBS elementary is now performing standard reading and comprehension assesments with all students to meet the US Common Core State Standards. From these benchmark assesments students will be placed in their proper English level and given the proper support so their English skills can grow and be on their class level moving forward.
Math: The students take a Math course in English to reinforce concepts taught in the Chinese National Math Curriculum. The English math class is designed to help students solve problems and exercises while learning English math terminology.
Social Studies: Based in the Harcourt Social Studies text books, students learn about ancient civilizations and citizenship in modern society.
Science: Students undertake experiments and do hands-on activities in life science; learning about cells, the human body system, plants, ecosystems and in earth science topics such as weather and earth’s resources and in physical science matter and space.
- Independent, active learners who are eager to explore and are self-motivated and self dedicated
- Complex thinkers who integrate knowledge and experiences and know how to reason, make decisions, form concepts and solve problems
- Quality producers who set goals, monitor and evaluate progress and take pride in their work
- Competent, caring and self-affirming young learners who accept responsibility for their actions, achieve self-control and self discipline, respect themselves and others, value similarities and differences among people and develop personal healthy relationships
- Collaborative team members who communicate effectively and work together
- Responsible citizens who understand the independence of people throughout the world.
At SIBS, our middle school’s mission is to continue our exemplary model of early adolescent education from our elementary school, and provide a positive, success-oriented learning program for our students.
Building on the foundation laid in the primary school, the middle school’s American curriculum emphasizes student-centered and inquiry based learning. The core curriculum includes English language arts, Chinese language, mathematics, humanities (social studies / geography), science, music, art, computers and technology, and physical education. As students progress through our middle school, they encounter challenging subjects and projects as well as preparation for their journey into secondary education and beyond.
English Language Arts: Our English curriculum has been developed to expose students to a variety of genres, literary styles and authors. Students learn the foundation of writing an essay on specific topics and books they read. These skills help build their skills for secondary skills and offer a preview of papers they will need to write for future exams such as the SAT. Furthermore, as students progress during 7th and 8th grade, there is more weight placed on developing critical thinking and discuss what they have read with others.
Math: In 7th grade, students are exposed to the foundation for their future studies of Algebra in Pre-Algebra. In the 8th grade, students learn Algebra.
Chinese Language Arts: Students attend Chinese language class daily. Our Chinese classes focus on strengthening reading, writing, listening, speaking, and literary appreciation skills.
Science: Students are introduced to the fundamentals of science. In 7th grade students learn about Life Science, the study of living things and how they relate to each other. In 8th grade, students will learn about physical science pertaining to the study of Earth, the state of matter, atomic structure, and the elements of the periodic table.
Humanities (Social Studies): In 7th grade, the focus is on historical and cultural understanding of societies, and students learn about Ancient World History. In 8th grade students learn about important events from old and modern world history.
Information Technology: Wherever we are in the world we are touched by technology. Our middle school students take an Information Technology class required as part of their curriculum. This curriculum has been recommended by the Computer Science Teachers Association (USA) that contains practical computer learning for the students of today. Our 7th and 8th graders are introduced to the basics of software design and programming.
Art: Art is a required subject for SIBS Middle School students. Art projects cross the subject boundaries, and it is common for teachers to combine subjects to collaborate on helping students to have a better understanding of a topic from which to create art. For example, an art project can involve both the English and Computer classes in the completion of an illustrated book.
Music: Music is an important element of the SIBS curriculum. Young learners are inspired by music, and it is a part of their daily lives. In fact, music is a way to communicate a language itself. Many believe that the making of music is essential in experiencing what it is to be fully human. At SIBS we engage in different musical activities ranging from choir music, cultural dance, and classical music and ensemble performances. Students study and experience various elements in music that arouse and cultivate the very forces necessary to be able to meet the challenges of the world with enthusiasm and confidence.
Yes we are affiliated with renowned Wasatch Academy in the United States. Founded in 1875, Wasatch Academy (WA) is the top high school in Utah, USA. Its campus is two-hour drive from Salt Lake City. Wasatch Academy educates grades 7 through 12 from over 39 countries.
Since 2009, Wasatch Academy has offered American curriculum programs at China’s top public schools, such as Beijing National Day School, Chengdu Shishi Middle School, Rui’an High School of Zhejiang Province, The High School Affiliated To Nanjing Normal University Jiangning Campus, Nanjing Foreign Language School, The High School Affiliated To Xi’an Jiaotong University. The programs support students to pursue dual diploma, prepare them for top universities in the world, and empower them as global citizens through stimulating and rigorous American curriculum.
In 2015, Wasatch Academy collaborates with its first private international school partner, SIBS, for a dual diploma program. Integrated with the traditional Chinese curriculum, this program primarily follows American six-year secondary school curriculum (middle school: 7th and 8th grades; high school: 9th to 12th grade). Foreign teachers are selected and trained by Wasatch Academy. They are all experienced teachers who develop students’ critical thinking and creativity through advanced pedagogies. Domestic teachers are all conscientious and experienced teachers who have overseas educational backgrounds. This program has core and elective courses. The core courses are mainly American secondary school courses (including ESL), while elective courses are primarily AP courses and honor courses.
Meeting the graduation requirements, students in this program will not only receive diplomas from both WA and SIBS, they will also be admitted by American colleges and universities through professional college counseling.
SIBS believes that after-school activities are an integral part of the overall education process. In pursuit of a balanced school lifestyle, we provide opportunities for students to participate in a wide range of after-school activities. Our programs provide students with opportunities to cultivate and enrich existing skills explore new areas of interest and grow physically, socially and cognitively. In all, our After School Activities aim to enrich your child’s learning that allows them to discover their hidden talents and to encourage them to explore the world around them.
SIBS offers a broad range of activities of After School Activities and Clubs to students in K3, elementary and middle school across two terms. Sign-up sheets are distributed at the start of each term. There is usually no cost involved for these activities, but for some ASA’s a fee will be charged for special equipment, specialized teachers for the use of certain facilities.
The following are some examples of activities to give you an idea of what your child can participate each term. Our After School Activities include; instructional football, instructional basketball, Taekwondo, origami, music, dance and choir, beginning and advanced violin, guitar, Lego building, Play Doh sculpturing, arts & crafts, Chinese calligraphy, drama and role-playing. There’s also an afterschool ESL writing workshops and homework tutoring.
The first thing we do with students who attend SIBS is access their English proficiency. Students with limited English Proficiency (LEP) are allowed the chance to learn in our ESL program. English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is an academic discipline that is designed to teach English language learners social and academic language skills as well as the cultural aspects of the English language necessary to succeed in an academic environment. It involves the teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing at appropriate developmental and proficiency levels with little or no use of the native language. Each student is taught at his or her proficiency level until they are able to function at their homeroom class level. Our ESL teachers continually assess our students to determine their level and progress while communicating with parents on a regular basis.
Chinese as a Second Language, or CSL, is a class for students with limited or little fluency in the Chinese language. Our CSL program aims to help students get familiar with Chinese language and culture and maintain a high interest to the language. At SIBS, our CSL program is designed to improve our students and have them develop their listening and speaking skills so they can join their class learning the language at the Chinese National Curriculum level.
At SIBS music and performing are an important part of our curriculum, which contains choir, dance and theater in styles from both Chinese and Western cultures. The SIBS performing arts and music program supports our students and allows them to develop a sense of the world by embracing Chinese and western culture through an integrated education model for all ages from kindergarten through grade 6.
Our music class teaches students how to appreciate music and gives them familiarity with reading and performing a musical score. Students learn songs from famous western musicals and performers. Our performing arts classes teach students basic movements and theater skills that give them an appreciation of performing arts from around the world. Performing arts and music are learned disciplines that will help complete the circle of education used to nourish a child’s growth.
During the school year, students will have multiple opportunities to be on stage and participate in school events. These events include school assemblies, Halloween, Sports Day and our Winter Show. Our students will build confidence and important life skills such as teamwork and collaborative effort through rehearsals and performances for SISBS events.
Your child will learn the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle through our physical education program. The SIBS physical education program includes exercise routines, a wide variety of track and field events, ball sports, Taekwondo, and various different types of sporting games. Our students have PE two times a week, which helps to develop a child’s coordination, speed, agility, cooperation skills, and strength.
Our art program introduces many different important Western forms of art. Using a wide variety of materials and artistic philosophies, the students develop their creativity and individual expression through art and create several different projects throughout the year.
At SIBS we hold school assemblies every other week. These assemblies are designed to create community spirit within our school and collaboration between peers. Our assemblies include behavioral training, individual and class music and drama performances, student of the week awards and storytelling.
Children at SIBS enjoy many opportunities to learn about their world and the city they live in. Our students visit fun places around Beijing that connect them with nature and our curriculum. These trips are related to the different themes students investigate and offer opportunities for hands-on discovery and exploration of materials. Some examples include: China’s Horticultural Museum, Chinese National Aviation Museum, Behai Park and Yanqi Lake.
At SIBS our lunches reflect the different tastes and cultures of our staff and students. Our connoisseur chef and his staff produce a variety of amazing meals, which are healthy and very tasty. We believe a nutritious meal helps stimulate a healthy, active mind.
Our school has its own buses, which pick up students from convenient locations around the city. The busses are fitted with seat belts, constantly supervised by a bus teacher that ensures the safety and well being of the children while picked up in the morning or dropped off in the evening.