A new international school, the Independent Preparatory Academy, announced the opening of its Shenzhen campus in the Shekou area of Nanshan District yesterday.
The school is now recruiting both foreign and local students to attend Grade 7 to 12 for its first semester beginning Aug. 31.
“We are at the stage of enrolment and doing interviews with not only the students, but the parents,” said Cheng Fang, the academy’s director.
The school plans to take 50 students for the first year. Prospective students will be those who have foreign passports as well as local Chinese students who wish to study abroad.
Cheng said that the curriculum adopted by the school is a self-developed curriculum that can prepare students for any kind of college admission test, such as the British A-level test and America’s Advanced Placement test.
The Shenzhen branch, located in the Net Valley of Shekou, is the second school of the Independent Preparatory Academy. The first campus was opened in Chongqing, a municipality in Southwest China, six years ago.
“Our former students had extraordinary academic achievements and experiences doing social work that led them to renowned universities around the world,” said Cheng.
Some foreigners attending the opening ceremony yesterday welcomed the school in their community.
The Smith family represented some other families that are sending their children to the school.
“We feel glad to see another quality international school based in Shekou and we hope to see more students getting a good international education at the school,” said the father, whose two daughters have been admitted into the school.
Cheng said that the school would not only pass on Western-style values to their students, but also think highly of traditional Chinese culture.