|Newsweek: China's Best International Schools
In China, the burgeoning middle class and number of expatriate workers coming to assist in the unprecedented investment and development of the country's infrastructure has led to a huge demand for high quality educational institutions. The key hubs of Beijing and Shanghai have particularly risen to the challenge of learning provision. Even more established international schools have been reacting to the needs of the modern student by enhancing the quality of the education they offer and investing heavily in the facilities provided. The results speak for themselves with Chinese International Schools among the very best in the region.
Testing and accreditation shows that school standards are on the rise. Chinese International Schools are amongst the most effective and respected in Asia and they provide the very latest equipment and technology (especially computers and IT kit) to their students. That's not to mention the excellent standards of teaching on offer and the extensive after-school (and before-school) programs that cater to a wealth of sports, arts, and social clubs.
It isn't only expatriates who are reaping the benefits with the high quality education provided by international schools in China. And the impact to this awe-inspiring vast economy is tangible. The wealth of young, driven, talented and knowledgeable individuals are on course to be at the forefront of the unstoppable juggernaut of Chinese economic and industrial power. The benefit to them as individuals and the country as a whole to them having learnt their trade in China is obvious. Linguistically, too, learning Chinese, whether Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien or otherwise, is clearly preferable in an environment where you will be using it in everyday conversation.
The challenge will be coping with the demand from the influx of internationals demanding only the best for their children's education. However, with numerous schools already firmly established and a proven track record for delivering the best, Chinese international schools are a safe choice that parents can trust.
Dalian American International School
At Dalian American International School, excellence is a standard, an expectation, and a state-of-mind. Nestled in a valley of the Golden Pebble Beach National Resort, DAIS is committed to providing an academically challenging and developmentally appropriate learning environment.
DAIS offers an American/International curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, and serves an expatriate community of over 12 nationalities. The purpose-built facility provides over 8,000 square meters of learning space, a track and field, and a gymnasium, fitness center, dance studio and swimming pool. Our teachers are highly skilled, experienced professionals, many with advanced degrees.
The school has accreditation candidate status with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Council of International Schools, and the Chinese National Center for Curriculum and Textbook Development. Full accreditation is expected in the spring of 2011.
DAIS is managed by International Schools Services (www.iss.edu), a non-profit corporation dedicated to educational excellence for international schools worldwide.
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