Academic Rigor & College Preparedness
The Secondary School Program at QSI Shenzhen focuses on equipping students with the skills, knowledge, and behaviors required to be successful in a post-secondary environment.
At the Secondary campus, students are given opportunities to develop holistically as learners and leaders. By offering a wide range of academic courses, students and parents can develop a customized educational plan that will help students achieve their university goals. However, "success for all" also extends outside the classroom at QSI. Our extensive catalogue of extra-curricular activities allows students to develop the character traits of leadership that will propel them to success at university and beyond.
Director of Instruction
The Secondary school at QSI International School of Shenzhen offers a rigorous, English-language based, college-preparatory program which provides students several options in fulfilling their graduation requirements. The Secondary program offers the Academic Diploma, the Academic Diploma with Honors (which includes Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes), and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which begins in the Secondary III year.
Admission to QSI Shenzhen’s Secondary School (Secondary I-IV)
For admission to the Secondary school, students must demonstrate English fluency at the level necessary to be successful in the rigorous courses that lead to the completion of a QSI diploma. In addition to the NWEA MAP test taken during the admissions process (to assess Reading, English Language, and Mathematics), a student’s readiness for the secondary program will be assessed with a writing sample and a thorough review of previous school records. Part of the admissions process will include a discussion of the student’s potential graduation plan. If a student is denied admission to QSI Shenzhen’s secondary program, they will be given a written explanation of the reason(s). Students who are denied admission may re-apply after 6 months.
AP - Advanced Placement Program
The QSI Academic Diploma with Honors carries with it the same number of required course credits (240) as the QSI Academic Diploma, but indicates that the student has successfully completed at least two Advanced Placement (AP) college level courses sometime during his/her secondary experience. College level credit may be awarded to students who choose to sit for an AP course exam and receive a high enough score.
IB - International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma is a diploma that can also earn college level credit. If a student successfully completes all IB requirements and passes the spring exit exams at a high enough level, he/she may be awarded college credit for certain courses, called Higher Level IB courses. Students completing a full IB Diploma Programme of courses in their Sec. III and IV years can earn an IB Diploma in addition to their American-accredited QSI diploma.