Planning for a Successful School Transition 国际学校如何选

摘要:

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There are more than 70 existing or soon to be started schools in the Beijing area! These include kindergartens, international schools, bilingual schools, and Montessori schools among many others that offer both traditional learning and non-traditional learning environments. How can you possibly find the right fit for your child?!?

在北京现有学校和即将开办的学校超过70余所!其中包括幼儿园、国际学校、双语学校以及提供传统和非传统教学相结合的蒙台梭利学校。 您如何才能在众多学校当中找到适合自己孩子的那所学校呢?!?


Before you set out to research or visit any schools, take a moment to follow these three important steps, and you will be in a much better position to make this important choice with your child. 

在您开始了解和参观任何一所学校之前,请先花些时间了解三个步骤,在选择学校之前它将给予您和孩子极大的帮助。


1

Realistically evaluate your situation. 

实事求是地评估自身情况。

Which schools you will seriously want to consider will be determined by these questions (disregard, for the moment, other factors such as testing and expectations):

您会认真哪些学校将由以下问题来决定(暂时忽略其他因素,如测试和期望):

    • How old is your child? 

      您的孩子年龄?

    • Are you foreign passport holders or green card holders and do you have work visas for China? Or, are you residents of Hong Kong or Taiwan? 

      您是否是外国照或绿卡持有者,并且您是否持有中国工作签证? 或者您是否是香港或台湾居民? 

    • Where do you live and how far are you willing to travel (or have your child travel) to go to school every day? 

      您的居住地点和您(或孩子去上学的路程)希望每天花费多长时间到学校? 

    • How much can reasonably afford for your child’s education (if money is a significant factor)? 

      您希望合理担负孩子的学习费用是多少(如果费用是一个重要的因素) 

    • To what degree is it important to your family to have Chinese language in the curriculum?

      程中中文您家庭的比重是多少? 

    • Do you (or other members of your family) speak English well or will you need support in understanding school policies, parent meetings, and/or reports? 

      您的英文是否流利,在了解学校章制度、开家会、了解学习报程中您是否需要帮助? 

    • Do you intend for your child to go overseas for further education? 

      您是否打算送孩子出国接受教育? 

      -  In middle, high school, or for university? 初中、高中是大学? 

    • Do you have a strong preference (right now based on your knowledge) toward an American or British system? (It is okay if you have no preference!) (依照您有的知)您是更向于美国教育体系是英国教育体系? (如果没有偏好没有关系) 

    • Do you have an understanding of different curricula available? Is it important that the school offer explanations of their programs (e.g. Is the IPC, IGCSE, IB, or Common Core suitable for your child?) 

      您了解不同的课程体系吗? 学校对于提供的课程体系进行讲解是很重要的(例如是IPC, IGCSE, IB, 还是共同核心州立标准更适合您的孩子?)

    • Do you have a strong preference about the size of the physical school? The number of students at the school? The facilities at the school? (Again, it is okay if you have no preference on one or all of these points).  

      您对学校的规模、学生人数、学校设施有特别的偏好吗? (如果您对这些点没有偏好没有问题) 

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Based on the answers to these initial questions, you can begin to research schools and rule out schools that do not fit YOUR needs first. Then, it is time to realistically evaluate your child’s strengths and weaknesses based on the following questions: 基于对这些初步问题的回答,您可以开始研究各学校,并且排除那些不符合要求的学校。 那么,现在是时候根据以下问题客观地评估孩子的优势和不足了: 

    • Has your child had extensive English learning opportunities (participated in afterschool or weekend English classes and/or joined summer/winter English camps)?

      您的孩子是否有广泛学的机会(参加后、周末英语课程、参加冬夏令)?

    • Do you have any English testing results that clearly show your child’s English ability so that you truly know his/her level well? 

      是否有任何英语测试结果表明您孩子的英能力,使您真正的知道孩子的水平? 

    • Do you, as a family, engage in bilingual or English activities (going to movies in English/watching or playing sports with English speakers/joining clubs where English is spoken?

      作为家庭,是否积极参与双语或英语活动(观看英文电影、和说英语的朋友一起参与体育运动、加入说英语的俱乐部)?

    • How strong are your child’s skills in his/her mother tongue? Can he/she write, read, speak, and/or comprehend at or above grade level in each area? Are there any particular areas of strength or weakness? Please be realistic in your evaluation. This will make a huge difference in your child’s future!

      您孩子的母能力有多?他/她是否具在各域超出年水平的写作、阅读、口和/或者合能力?是否在某些部分特别优秀或者不足? 请实事求是地给评价这会对孩子未来的发展带来巨大的差异。

    • Is your child especially adept at math and/or science? 

      您的孩子是否特数学/或理科? 

    • How are your child’s critical thinking skills? Is he/she curious? Engaged? 

      您孩子的批判性思技能如何? 他/她是否充好奇心,是否有趣? 

    • What excites and motives your child? Again, be as realistic as possible and try NOT to think about YOUR hopes here! 

      什么能够让您的孩子激发兴趣? 再次强调, 尽可能事求是,尽量此不要您的希望!

    • How well does your child interact with other children? Does he/she prefer to be in large groups or does he/she have just one or two very close friends? 

      您的孩子和其他孩子相的如何? 他/她是喜欢呆在大群体里面还是有一两个亲密的朋友? 

    • Is your child open to new experiences, or does he/she prefer to wait till others have tried it first before attempting? 

      您的孩子是否尝试体验事物,或者他/她更愿意等尝试过后再做尝试? 

    • What makes your child stand out from the crowd? 

      是什么您的孩子从人群中脱而出?

      - Have fun with this! Why is your child special?

    •   您的孩子有什么特殊之


Once you have worked out the answers to some or all of these questions (I encourage you to talk to your child whenever possible about most of these questions), you are ready to move on to the next step. 

一旦您找出这些问题的答案(我鼓励家长尽量和孩子一起讨论以上问题),您就可以继续下一步了。 


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Research and prepare to visit the schools that appear to meet your needs. 

了解并参观符合您要求的学校 。


Look at the literature you have picked up at a school fair or have downloaded from the school website and consider questions such as these (BUT based on your OWN realistic evaluation in Step One): 

阅读一下您在校展拿到的学校料或者登学校网站下载信息(基于第一步的真实评价)考虑以下问题: 

    • Does the school accept foreign passport holders only?

      校是否是只接收外籍护照持有者? 

    • Where is the school located in comparison to your home and your ability or willingness to travel? 

      学校地址,和您家做个比是否愿意花时间在路上呢? 

    • What are the school fees? Does that fit my family’s financial planning? 

      学校用有哪些? 是否符合您家庭的财务计划?

    • How physically big is the school and how many students does it have? 

      模多大,有多少学生?

    • What are the schools’ requirements for your child, in terms of English, Chinese, and/or math ability?  

      学校孩子在英、中文、或是数学能力上有哪些要求? 

    • Does the school have testing dates? What type of testing do they do and how long does it take?

      学校测试是哪天?参加哪种入学测试,测试时间是多久? 

Make a list of schools that seem like they might be good fits for your family. Ideally, this list will include a variety of at least 3 – 5 choices based on your needs and your child’s abilities. You should never feel that you are making a choice out of desperation!

列一份学校名单,这些学校看起来适合您的家庭。 理想的情况下,基于您的需求和孩子能力总结出的这份名单包括至少3-5所学校。您不应该有那种在绝望中做选择的感觉。 


Call the schools to register for an Open House or a one to one visit and to ask any questions you couldn’t find out in your research before making a final decision to visit the school. Your time is valuable! Consider these initial impressions:

给学校打电话登记参加开放日或专门参观, 并且咨询您初步了解学校未能得到答案的那些问题。 时间宝贵!在做出参观学校的决定之前,考虑这些初步印象: 

    • Was the greeting warm and receptive? 

      学校接待是否温暖容易接受? 

    • Did you get the information you asked for over the phone? 

      您在电话里是否得到了您的信息? 

    • Was the school open to a visit outside of Open House days? 

      开放日之外学校是否接受来访


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Prepare to visit the schools you’ve selected! Here is the fun part ☺! Think of it like selecting a dream home or a wonderful new vacation spot to take the stress off of your shoulders a bit. And, remember that you did your homework and you are prepared. You know your child and his/her needs better than anyone else!

参观您选择的学校! 这是很有趣的部分☺! 想想看这就像是选择一个梦想家园或是一个美妙的度假地点,  减轻肩膀上的压力。记住您做了功课,做了准备, 您比任何人都清楚孩子需要的是什么! 


  • Review the School Visit Preparation Sheet for Parents and take some time to fill in the three columns with at least 3 – 5 points in each. These can be based on your realistic planning and also on your personal preferences.

    回顾一下家长参观学校准备表,花些时间每列至少填写3-5点,这些点都将基于您的实际规划和个人喜好。

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  • If your child will be visiting with you, have him/her complete the School Visit Preparation Sheet for Students if possible. 

    如果您的孩子和您一起参学校,尽可能让孩子完成学生参观学校准备表。

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  • Head off to school and take notes!

    学校做些笔


We look forward to helping you find the right school for your child! 

我们希望帮助您找到一所适合您孩子的学校!


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