Xinhua Academy high school students will have access beginning in 2019 to an American education with high quality foreign and Chinese teachers, American curriculum, and modern resources; all students will develop critical thinking and international mindedness. They will engage in community service, become independent researchers, and learn through collaborative projects. They will develop the cultural understanding, English language, and study skills necessary to be successful at an American university. The first graduates of Xinhua Academy in 2022 will earn an American high school diploma.

Xinhua Academy is beginning immediately the application process for International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP). Students may choose to enroll in either the American system or the DP beginning in 2022.

Students entering the Xinhua Academy American High School in 2019 are expected to be proficient in academic English; however, we recognize that an education primarily in English will be a new and challenging experience for many students. Therefore, a key responsibility for all of our instructional staff is to support students of English as an Additional Language (EAL).

We believe that a well-rounded education must include the core courses, but also physical education, art, and music. Students will take each year the following academic courses: English, Chinese, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Ninth and tenth graders will also be required to take Health & Physical Education (PE) as well as art or music. Students must earn a total of 26 credits to earn a US high school diploma.

Grade9 Grade10 Grade11 Grade12 Credits
English 9 English 10 English Literature 11 English Literature 12 4
Chinese 9 Chinese 10 Chinese 11 Chinese 12 4
World History World Geography US History Government & Economics 4
Biology I Chemistry I Physics I Biology II、Chemistry II、Physics II 4
Algebra I Algebra II Geometry Pre-Calculus 4
Health & Physical Education Health & Physical Education Elective Elective 4
Art or Music Art or Music Elective Elective 2

Assessment in the American education system includes summative assessments such as quizzes and examinations, but it also includes many projects, both individual and group. It includes performances, debates, and creative projects, including some that are interdisciplinary. Students are expected to learn excellent research and teamwork skills. There will be major examinations at the end of each semester.

Teachers will have their own classrooms so that they can create suitable learning environments with appropriate furnishings, decorations, learning resources, and displays of student work. Students will have a homeroom teacher, and circulate to their various classrooms during the school day. Students will have several different teachers that include both foreign and Chinese. The maximum class size for high school courses will be 20 students.

Daily homework for high school students will be approximately two hours per school day and include extra reading homework on weekends and holidays. The purpose of homework is to reinforce concepts taught in class and it may be graded by the teacher.

All high school students will have access to a rich assortment of extra-curricular activities such as sports, music, clubs, and community service in addition to the academic program.

Our students are expected to value and respect diversity and cultivate an open mind to learn from other cultures. Students will have many opportunities to cultivate their thinking, athletic, artistic, and leadership skills.

Individual responsibility is important in the American education system. Students and parents will be provided before classes begin with a bilingual handbook that describes our school’s philosophy, values, rules, and procedures. Students are expected to read, understand, and follow the policies in this handbook.