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Ivy Academy

Introduction Ivy Academy accepts students of ages two through six and offers an English speaking environment taught by a team of highly qualified early childhood educators who customizes the theory influenced curriculum according to the children's interests. Program Highlights MI-based curriculum Pure English language environment Qualified staff Small classes with a low student-teacher ratio Personal online weekly journal and digital portfolio Graduating Students At Ivy Schools, we introduce the Elementary School Readiness Program for the kindergarten class children. The goal of this program is to build and lay a more solid foundation on the knowledge and skills they already possess to ensure a smooth transition into local Chinese or international elementary schools. When Ivy children graduate from our programs, they are independent learners, as well as prepared both socially and academically to enter elementary school regardless of what type of school it is: international, local Chinese, or a school abroad. Most children who graduate from Ivy Academy go on to attend international schools or English-speaking schools in their home countries.

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MI-based curriculum
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Pure English environment
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Qualified staff
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Small classes
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Ivy Bilingual School

Introduction Ivy Bilingual School accepts students of ages two through six and offers a curriculum based on the MI theory and provides an immersive bilingual program, where both Chinese and Western teachers interact with children throughout the day. Program Highlights • MI-based curriculum • Immersive bilingual environment with full time English and Chinese lead teachers in every class • Qualified staff • Personal online weekly journal Graduating Students At Ivy Schools, we introduce the Elementary School Readiness Program for the kindergarten class children. The goal of this program is to build and lay a more solid foundation on the knowledge and skills they already possess to ensure a smooth transition into local Chinese or international elementary schools. When Ivy children graduate from our programs, they are independent learners, as well as prepared both socially and academically to enter elementary school regardless of what type of school it is: international, local Chinese, or a school abroad. At IBS, approximately 60% of the graduating children enrol in local elementary schools, while about 40% enroll in international schools.

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MI-based curriculum
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Bilingual
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Qualified staff
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Small classes
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Ivy MI Kindergarten

Introduction Ivy MI Kindergarten accepts students of ages two through six and offers a Chinese-focused program designed to meet the needs of children, whose families would like their child to experience a curriculum inspired by the MI theory. This program offers a top-notch education for children with an international bent. Program Highlights • MI-based curriculum • Chinese-focused • Full time English foreign teachers for English classes • Qualified staff • Personal online weekly journal Graduating Students At Ivy Schools, we introduce the Elementary School Readiness Program for the kindergarten class children. The goal of this program is to build and lay a more solid foundation on the knowledge and skills they already possess to ensure a smooth transition into local Chinese or international elementary schools. When Ivy children graduate from our programs, they are independent learners, as well as prepared both socially and academically to enter elementary school regardless of what type of school it is: international, local Chinese, or a school abroad. Children graduating from MI Kindergarten mainly enter local Chinese elementary schools.

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MI-based curriculum
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Qualified staff
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Toddler & Casa Program

“Never help a child with a task in which he feels he can succeed “ — Maria Montessori Introduction The goal of our bilingual Toddler & Casa program is to nurture children’s curiosity and help them begin to develop the social skills, focus and good work habits in a bilingual environment that will prepare them for a smooth transition to elementary school. Daystar’s Toddler Curriculum: Ages 2-3 Our Toddler program provides a bilingual and multicultural education for children from the age of 24 to 36 months. We support our children’s curiosity, and their desire to learn through exploration, as they develop an understanding of their world. We have English medium education in the morning, and Chinese medium education in the afternoon, but due to the young age of our children both lead teachers remain in the room all day, thereby providing the children with the support they require. Program Highlights In Daystar's kindergarten, you can expect our toddlers to be engaged and experience the following: -Communication skills for early language acquisition & literacy -Basic math and sensorial activities -Social and cultural environment -Artistic activities & music -Body, movement and health activities Daystar’s Montessori Casa Program, Ages 3-6 In the Casa classes, the medium of education is English for the first three hours of the day, when we use a Montessori learning approach. In the afternoon the medium of education is Chinese, and we continue our Montessori learning approach. During class time, children receive daily lessons from trained, highly experienced and dedicated Montessori teachers in one of the areas of the classroom (Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Culture). These lessons are usually given one-to-one or in small groups. Program Highlights: -Children manage their own community; they develop independence and a strong sense of self-discipline -Children in our Casa classes are respected, and given as much freedom as possible to develop their concentration, a love of their classroom, their work and their own ideas. -There are basic ground rules in a Montessori classroom about behavior and tidiness but beyond this, children are free to choose their activities and to work for as long as they want. They are free to move and to work independently and/or in groups. Children follow their interests, and teachers challenge and extend the learning. Virtues in Us At Daystar we care about a child’s character development and proactively teach social and emotional skills so that children are aware of not only their own needs but the needs of others around them. We are using a character education program called Virtues in Us that supports a sense of integrity and purpose to life by encouraging children to be reflective on their own actions. Students study 19 virtues and skills in depth through activities like role plays, stories, art, games and songs. Teachers use the language of virtues to help children understand how their acceptable and unacceptable behavior impacts others. Graduating Students Upon graduation, our Casa students are poised to move on and succeed in Daystar’s bilingual inquiry-based program。 They will have mastered the academic skill for both English and Chinese language arts and Math, while exhibiting some key learner profiles and attitudes.

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Montessori
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Bilingual /English
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ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

Daystar Academy is an inquiry-based bilingual school that uses the Ivy Education Bilingual Model. The Ivy Education Bilingual Model focuses on developing the whole child through cultivating empathy, building a strong sense of character, encouraging excellence in academics through two languages, English and Chinese, and building mastery in 21st century skills. The Daystar curriculum is a balanced blend of five essential elements: concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action. It uses an inquiry-based approach to student mastery of content standards. The knowledge component is developed through inquiry based thematic units that have national and global significance. The Elementary School division is organized using a 50/50 model requiring students to learn content subjects through both languages, English and Chinese*. All subjects are taught through an inquiry-based model and include: • Chinese & English Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening • Mathematics • Science • Social Studies, History & Geography • Music • Visual and Performing Arts • Information Communications Technology • Library *Non-native Chinese speakers have the option of joining the Yu Yue Program starting in Grade 2. Learning Outcome Standards • Math: Chinese National Standards focusing on statistics, functions, patterns, probability, shape, geometry, number concepts, and algebra. • Language Arts: • English Program: US Common Core Standards • Chinese Program: Chinese National Standards Standardized Assessments • Chinese Math and Language Arts: Dongcheng District Assessment • English Math and Language Arts: International Schools Assessment (ISA) Content Language

Grade Level % of English % of Chinese
Grade K 50% 50%
Grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd 50% 50%
Grades 4th and 5th 50% 50%

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IB - PYP
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MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM

Middle School Program The Middle School Program strives to educate the whole child, and instruction is delivered through both English and Chinese. Students develop mastery of reading, writing, speaking and listening at a level that allows them to be life-long learners of Chinese, while at the same time, building native/near native fluency in English. High School Program Daystar Academy High School will apply to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and will serve students Grade 11 and Grade 12. We will have our first graduating class in 2022. *High school begins Fall *2018 Daystar middle school students in Grades 6th-8th have the following courses: • Language and Literature in English and/or Chinese • Language Acquisition in English or Chinese • Individuals and Societies in English and Chinese • Sciences: Earth Science, Physical/Life Science and Chemistry • Mathematics • Arts: Visual Arts and Music • Physical and Health Education • Design Technology Middle School Advisory Program The advisory program takes place the last period of every other day. Five to six Middle School students are grouped together with their advisory teacher. The goals of the program are: • Students develop a trusting relation with their teacher • Students will learn to use restorative practices to solve conflicts, • Students will develop a sense of community within their advisory group, • Students will strengthen their character as they grow to become productive global citizens, • Students will practice responsibility in their relationships, responsibilities, and belongings.

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IB - MYP
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Bilingual /English
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Qualified staff
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Small classes
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Admissions video