10 Reasons Our Community Chose HIS:
1. HIS is the Only Non-Profit, Internationally Accredited (WASC), IB Continuum school in Zhejiang Province:
HIS was founded in 2002 as an English-medium international school. The current Chinese President, Xi Jinping, visited HIS to inaugurate the first international school in Hangzhou. Since 2005, HIS has met the highest standards for WASC international accreditation. In 2014, HIS became an IB World School and has been rated as a top IB World School in Asia by Newsweek Magazine.
2. HIS is Truly International:
HIS celebrates the diversity of over 650 students from over 50 nationalities. A cornerstone of HIS learning is its commitment to international-mindedness.
3. HIS is a Community-Centered School:
The HIS mission focuses on 'learners', which includes opportunities and strong commitment in developing parenting skills and professional growth, all with the common goal of improving support for student learning.
4. HIS is Rigorous at ALL Grade Levels, 525,600 Minutes a Year:
At HIS, we believe everyone should be challenged, everyone should be included, and everyone should be successful. HIS develops students to be problem-solvers, innovators, and future ready. HIS also has a commitment to strong English and Mandarin language and literacy programs, Singapore and IB Maths, and IB Sciences. Many HIS students continue to score in top 1% in worldwide standardized testing (NWEA, PSAT, SAT, IB Diploma). HIS also has excellent programs in Visual and Performing Arts, and Design. At HIS, we provide opportunities for excellence in all subjects.
5. HIS Greatly Values Mandarin and Chinese Culture:
HIS believes in the tremendous opportunity for learners to explore the culture of Hangzhou and other parts of China, to learn Mandarin at any level, and to participate within the local community and in partnership with local schools. HIS students study Mandarin every day.
6. HIS is an Inclusive Learning Community:
Admissions is open to ALL international applicants and we have a strong Student Support Services Team. HIS believes a true international school serves and benefits by including as much of the international community as possible. At HIS, we do not ask if a student is good enough for HIS, instead we ask if HIS is good enough for the student.
7. HIS Prepares Graduates with Leadership and Excellence:
Whether moving on to government service, a gap year, or attendance at university, HIS students have achieved in the top 1% of PSAT and SAT scores, have received the highest IB Diploma and IB Bilingual Diploma marks, and have attended top universities worldwide. The average IB Diploma score of the class of 2018 was 36 points.
8. HIS is a Truly Caring and Supportive Place to Be:
HIS has truly Caring teachers, Supportive parents, and Involved students. From the time we first welcome our families, until the time their children cross our stage at graduation, we commit ourselves to supporting each individual student and their families. HIS devotes significant attention and planning for community transition to or from HIS. HIS is a place to thrive.
9. HIS has an Outstanding Faculty:
100% of the 2018-19 HIS faculty are highly-qualified, IB-trained educators. A rigorous background and reference checking process is conducted for all employees. Over 65% carry a Master's Degree or higher, and were recruited from the best international recruitment associations in the world. Our teachers average over 13 years of teaching experience. They love Hangzhou, China, and working at HIS!
10. HIS has Gold Dragons Spirit:
HIS values its participation in student cultural and athletic exchanges. HIS is a member of CISSA, SISAC, ACAMIS and EARCOS. HIS teams regularly bring home championship trophies and sportsmanship awards in many sports. GoooOOO Dragons!!!
Last but not least, HIS has continued to be a wonderful home for many years, but we are excited to be building a state-of-the-art, purpose-built, brand new 21st Century campus that will truly allow us to build on our excellence and provide students with the facilities and learning spaces that will prepare them for the future. It’s coming… construction begins this Fall…