XIS works with an American based curriculum for the sixth through twelfth grades (about 12-18 years of age). Smaller class sizes of 15 students or less allow for both individual instruction and research into topics of student interest. XIS secondary teachers are dedicated to their students and bring enthusiasm to their specialties.
The school focuses on preparing students for entrance into American universities. Classes are targeted towards fulfilling credit requirements and providing a solid knowledge base for future learning. The credit system allows for a year by year rotation of study available within a subject. So that when a student graduates from XIS, he or she will have been able to study biology, chemistry, physics, and even anatomy in the sciences.
This broad range of study provides students with a strong platform from which to understand others and successfully interact with the world.
Middle School’s American system is designed to challenge students to become independent learners and active decision makers. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade curriculum is designed to give the students a broader range of knowledge while focusing on the development of study, test taking, organizational, and research skills. With a team of qualified teachers, the students are divided into period long classes for the core courses and electives. These include English language arts; pre-algebraic and algebraic mathematics; life, physical and earth sciences; world history, geography and world cultures, and United States History; Mandarin Chines; physical education, health, music, and various other electives.
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An American High School curriculum begins with the 9th grade.Each course a student takes eams points toward the overall Grade Point Average (GPA).Classes that meet daily all year exam one credit,while those that meet for a semester or two to three days a week eam 1/2 credits. XIS requires a minimum of 22 credits for graduation during 4 years of high school. Basic and advanced core courses in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Chinese are taught by qualified teachers in 50 minute periods.
Since 2012, XIS offers select online courses are available to help High School students focus on diversifing their academic transcripts.