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Seventh Grade Beijing Academy
What: CAIS is excited to announce the fifth year of the CAIS – SYA Beijing Academy, a structured, language-intensive academic program. The CAIS-SYA Beijing Academy is an integral part of the seventh grade curriculum.
Why: To boost students’ language skills, broaden their understanding of Chinese people, culture, and society, and help them forge real and lasting personal connections abroad.
When: 3 weeks in late May and early June 2016 (tentative)
Where: Classes are held at Sanfan Middle School in Beijing, where students receive three to four hours of Chinese language instruction daily in small classes, along with individual tutorials and daily presentations. In the afternoons, students engage in field projects and experiential activities that take them outside of the classroom and require them to apply the language they have learned in a variety of contexts. On Saturdays, students participate in excursions in and around Beijing to places of cultural and historical significance. Students live with Chinese host families in the school area, and Sundays are spent with them.
Who: All 7th graders! The CAIS Board of Trustees views this program as fundamental to the school’s mission and vision, and has therefore developed a long-term financial plan that ensures the program’s sustainability. As a result, all seventh grade students will have access to the program regardless of their families’ financial circumstances.