Application Process

At Hyde Academy, our goal is to select highly motivated and engaged learners, regardless of their English language ability. Our decision is based on a series of factors including Chinese oral and written communication aptitude, math ability, and non-verbal skills. 


Overview

We are thrilled that you are considering Hyde Academy for your child. We hope that you have had a chance to review our programs and services and that you recognize this may be the right school for your child.

Applying for a place at Hyde Academy is a 5-step process. Please scroll down below to read more about the details of each step.

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1. Visit Our School

One of our chief aims here at Hyde Academy is to empower parents to help them make the best decisions possible about their child’s education. To this end, before starting the application process for entrance into Hyde Academy, we recommend that you learn as much as you can about our vision, educational philosophy, curriculum and campus. In this way you can decide if Hyde Academy is a good fit for your child. We encourage you to visit our website and learn more about why our approach is unique.

If you believe that Hyde Academy may the right choice for you and your child, please make an appointment to meet with our Admissions team. We will then speak with you about you and your child’s needs and provide more details about the admissions process and testing.


2. Online Application & Application Fee

Once you are ready to start the application process to Hyde Academy, you will need to first fill in our online application form. Once your application has been received a member of our admissions team will get in touch with you. Please make arrangements for the payment of the Application Fee (1,600 RMB, non-refundable). Our Accounting Office can accept payment in cash and bank-transfer (in CNY only).
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Account Name:北京市顺义区海德京华双语学校

Account Number:0200 2911 1920 0032 917

Bank Name:工行北京顺义双裕支行


3. Assessment

Each child applying to Hyde Academy must take the following assessments:

We divide our process into two important steps.

The first step includes assessments for admissions. These are the tests and interviews that allow us to know whether your child is a good fit for Hyde Academy. If your child demonstrates proficiency during this first step, he or she will be invited to join us for the next phase.

The second step includes assessments for placement purposes. These assessments help us to understand where your child will fit within our program and how we can best arrange a program to suit his or her needs.

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During the testing phase, a Chinese speaking student will be asked:

  • to interview in Chinese, which provides insight into his or her thinking and communication skills.
  • to complete a reading and writing test in Chinese, which provides insight into how well your son or daughter can understand texts and express his or her thoughts in the primary language.
  • to take a quantitative math test, which helps us to understand how well your child understands core math concepts.
  • to take a non-verbal test, which gives us insight into your child’s capacity for learning and ability to think critically.

During the testing phase, a non-native Chinese speaking student will be asked:

    • to interview in English, which provides insight into his or her thinking and communication skills.
    • to complete a reading and writing test in English, which provides insight into how well your son or daughter can understand texts and express his or her thoughts in English.
    • to take a quantitative math test, which helps us to understand how well your child understands core math concepts.
    • to take a non-verbal test, which gives us insight into your child’s capacity for learning and ability to think critically.

We will also invite your child to sit in a class to help us understand how he or she interacts with peers and adults in our environment.

Finally, we will speak with you as parents to better understand your child and your expectations as a family.

The time for the initial assessment period varies depending on different grades. The assessment phase takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to complete.

During the placement phase, your child may be asked:

  • to take a MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) test, which shows us where your child falls in comparison to his or her peers in the U.S. and internationally.
  • to provide us with a writing sample in English (for non-native English speakers) or Chinese (for non-native Chinese speakers), which allows us to understand where your child’s gaps are in the writing process and how that compares to his or her peers.
  • to interview in English (for non-native speakers) or in Chinese (for non-native speakers), which gives us insight into his or her ability to understand verbal and visual cues and express him or herself in oral English or Chinese.

The placement phase takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to complete.

For students who have a working knowledge of Chinese, we use HSK assessments to determine his/her level in Mandarin. 


4. School Review

Once all the application documents have been received and the initial assessments have been carried out, the student’s application will undergo a thorough review by the Admissions Committee. Each student’s application to Hyde Academy will be given careful consideration and we will endeavor to communicate a decision about acceptance within one week after the receipt of the final application and assessment materials. In some cases additional follow-ups may be required to help us make a final decision. In reviewing applications, we are looking for students:

  • who are motivated and committed to achieving real academic success and personal growth
  • whose academic performance aside from ESL or CSL ability is average to excellent
  • who have demonstrated good conduct and respect for others in the past
  • who are interested in committing themselves to the Hyde Academy vision, mission, and educational philosophy
  • who would most benefit from our curriculum and style of education
  • whose qualities and personality would enrich the Hyde Academy community

In addition we may take the following factors into account when reviewing student applications

  • existing gender balance of the class
  • whether or not the applicant has siblings already in attendance at Hyde Academy

5.Committee Decision

The Admissions Committee‘s final decision regarding a student’s application to Hyde Academy will be communicated to parents via email and in some cases a follow-up meeting will be scheduled should there be additional points to discuss. There are three possible decisions that the Admissions Committee can come to

1. Acceptance - Click to expand
Congratulations, your child has been offered a place at Hyde Academy. Parents will be required to submit enrolment materials (see below list) and will receive information about payment and further preparation required.

Enrolment materials:

  1. Cancellation and Refund Policy Form
  2. Admissions Agreement
  3. Marketing Agreement
  4. Medical and Activity Consent Form
  5. Health Check Form (liver, blood testing and normal check up)
  6. Photocopy of Student’s Immunization Record
  7. Medical Insurance Form
  8. School Service
  9. Bus Application Form (optional)

 

2. Waiting List - Click to expand
It may be the case that several students are competing for the same place and some students may need to be placed on a waiting list. In the situation that a place becomes available, candidates on the waiting list will be reviewed again and the most suitable student will be selected for admission based upon the criteria outlined under the Review Process section.

 

3. Rejection - Click to expand
Unfortunately, not every student can be accepted into Hyde Academy. While it is our mission to try to accept as many qualified applicants as possible and support those who show promise for admission, not every student will meet the criteria for admission. As part of the application process we will provide parents with feedback as to why their child did not meet the requirements and direct them to some of our other support programs that may be able to develop their academic and language skills. Once they make sufficient progress they are welcome to try and apply for a place again (after a minimum of 6 months).

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