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Introduction

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Keystone Summer Archway is designed for non-native English speaking students currently at or interested in attending Keystone Academy or schools similar in their academic standards and teaching pedagogy, both in China and abroad. They will learn how to perform at a high level in an international or American-style independent school learning environment. During this 3-week program, students will develop a strong proficiency in their academic English ability, while also honing their study skills and being introduced to many key concepts in the arts, sciences and humanities. By participating in activity-based learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom, students will be well prepared for Keystone Academy and its peer institutions, and also develop and strengthen a genuine interest in learning as a personal quality.

Upon completing this program, students will have gained:

  • Increased confidence in using English in both academic and non-academic settings
  • An Understanding of key concepts in arts, sciences and humanities
  • Study skills in helping themselves become more effective learners
  • Familiarity with inquiry-based learning approaches and standards
  • A deeper love of learning

Program Highlights:

  • Language Acquisition through Content Learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Multiple Modalities of Learning: stage performance, laboratory experiment, round table (Harkness method) discussion
  • Highly Qualified Instructors: Keystone teachers and professionals with similar teaching credentials
  • Afternoon Activities: squash, basketball, swimming, badminton, soccer, table tennis, and WuShu
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: most up-to-date instructional technology, Harkness table, indoor gymnasium, performing arts center, age group specific libraries and campus-wide wifi.

When is the program?

The program runs for three weeks between 10 July and 28 July, 2017. Each day begins at 8:30am, and ends at 3:45pm.

Whom does the program serve?

Non-native English speakers entering grades 6-10, and currently at or strongly interested in attending international schools in China or secondary schools abroad.

Program Timeline:

  • Application Deadline: Early Bird: February 20th, 2017; Regular Admission: April 30th, 2017
  • Acceptance Reply Date: within 20 days of receiving your admission decision. More information of payment schedule will be provided in the admission decision letter.
  • We will begin to review an application as soon as we receive it and a decision letter will be mailed within 10 business days upon receiving the complete application. Any application submitted after the deadline will be accepted based on available seats.
  • Daily Schedule:

    Time Activity

    8:30 - 11:30 Content Courses

    11:30 - 12:20 Lunch

    12:30 - 13:30 Content Courses

    13:30 - 15:00 Afternoon Extra-curricular Activities

    15:00 - 15:30 Guided Daily Reflection

    15:45 Bus Departure

    Application

    How To Apply?

    To apply, an applicant shall complete the application in three steps.

    Step 1: Please complete the basic profile. Click here to begin your application.

    Step 2: Please schedule an interview. Keystone Summer Archway allows three different ways for interview. An applicant may choose one that will work best for him or her. Please complete step 1 prior to your interview. It is strongly recommended that you schedule your interview as early as possible. To complete this step, please click here. If you have previously attended a private interview session with Keystone Academy Admissions Office, you may choose to skip this step.

    Step 3: Please make a payment for application fee. For more information, please click here.

    Fee & Payment

    How much does the program cost?

    The total cost is RMB15900, which includes the application fee, tuition, educational materials, lunch, use of sports facilities and certificate on successful completion of program. The application fee of RMB500 is non-refundable and must be paid before your application can be processed. The rest shall be paid within 20 days of your admission decision. Transportation is not included and optional, at a flat rate of RMB1480 for the duration of the program. Bus service will be provided, for limited routes, based on the number of students.

    Early Bird Discount: For applications received by February 20th, 2017, applicants will enjoy a 10% discount off the tuition.

    Please pay your fees in one of two ways listed below:

    1) Cash: Please deliver cash to the Finance Office at Keystone Academy (Room 1151C)

    2) Wire Transfer: Please make a wire transfer to Keystone Academy. Please be advised that the student's full name must be noted in the memo part of the transaction.

    Keystone Academy Bank Transfer Details

    账户名称(RMB Account Name):北京市鼎石学校

    账户地址(Account Address): 北京市顺义区后沙峪镇安富街11号, 101318

    账户号码(RMB Account No.): 11014732369002

    银行名称(Bank Name): 平安银行北京海淀支行

    银行地址(Bank Address): 北京市海淀区中关村南大街甲32号中关村科技发展大厦B座1层

    Refund Information:

    A student who decides to withdraw from the program after a full payment has been made, must submit a written request to Keystone Summer School Office at summer@keystoneacademy.cn. Such request will be reviewed and processed within 10 working days according to the following rules:

    1) The application fee of RMB500 is non-refundable without exception.

    2) Bus transportation service is optional; the bus service fee of RMB1480 is non-refundable without exception.

    3) Refund Schedule:

    • If the written request is received before or on 1 April 2017, a student shall receive 100% of the fees (excluding the application and bus service fees)
    • If the written request is received after 2 April 2017 and before or on 29 April 2017, a student shall receive 50% of his fees (excluding the application and bus service fees)
    • No refund requests will be accepted or processed after 30 April 2017

    No refund will be made to any student who is dismissed for any reason from the program before the completion of the program.

    All refunds must be deposited into the same bank account from which the payment was made.

    Testimonials

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    Students

    • Jerry Zheng Grade 7, Middle School affiliated to Northwestern Polytechnical University

    I like humanities best because all of us can talk and share our ideas. And my teacher Mr. Bozzi is a charming man who taught us about society. I have never learned that before. My English improved a lot too. I not only improved my oral English and comprehension, but also improved my way of thinking and reflecting. This is another level of English skills.

    • Jack Jiang Grade 6, Yu Xin Middle School

    I really enjoyed the humanities course on American history and culture. I learned so much about US geography, food, and its people. I also have never played squash or field hockey before, and I was able to experience both at Keystone’s summer program. Also, after this summer program, I began to like studying and my English improved a lot, such as my vocabulary. Instead of memorizing a lot of long words in our science class, we did lots of experiments and took notes. It was much easier this way to learn new words. I also became more confident. In our theater class, I practiced naturally speaking and writing in English. Even at lunch, teachers sat with students, and one teacher helped me correct my pronunciation. I learned so much.

    • Alina Zeng Grade 5, Fu Xue Elementary School

    The best part of the summer program is in the Drama club. It made me happy, and I learned that group work is important. I think my English is stronger than before the summer program. I know a lot of new words, and when I'm talking to the teacher, I think I'm more confident.

    • Adela Han Grade 8, Beijing Royal School

    Through the 3-week program, one big challenge for me was to play soccer in the sun for afternoon sports. It was physically consuming, but I kept pushing myself, and I succeeded. I was proud of that. I found Keystone Summer Archway very interesting. I learned so much without even knowing that I was learning. I believe future students will also enjoy it.

    Parents

    • Eva Yuan’s Parents Beijing Haidian District Experimental Primary School (Grade 6)

    One day when Eva came home, she told me “I want to speak English at home too.” Everyday after she gets back home, she writes a long journal entry, a reflection on her day, and she enjoys it very much. My daughter also enjoyed squash and field hockey , as they were new to her. The theater course was what hooked her most. She was involved in play writing, mask making and group rehearsal. She felt she accomplished a lot. I know that even shared her experience with her friends, and she told them about her dream to become a superstar on stage on day.

    • Matt Ma’s Parents Beijing No. 2 Middle School (Grade 8)

    As a student who’s completed his education in a local public primary and middle school, and who’s about to study in America from grade 9, Matt gained a lot from Keystone’s Summer program. Matt is now completely convinced of the power of discussion-based learning, and the joy of learning. What’s even more important is that Matt feels much more prepared for his future in the United States.

    • Vivian Liu’s Parents Fang Cao Di Primary School (Grade 5)

    Out of all the feedback I’ve heard from Vivian, one comment stood out. Vivian wished that the summer program was a 7-day program. In other words, Vivian wanted to spend time at Keystone even on the weekend. It was the first time we heard such comment from her, and I know it was because she truly liked it.

    • Kitty He’s Parent Keystone Academy (Grade 8)

    I believe the biggest surprise for us was how happy Kitty was at the Summer program. It was a big change for her. Prior to the summer program, Kitty was quite resistant to signing up. However, once the program began, she couldn’t stop sharing all the fun she had had with us, when she returned home everyday. As her parent, I could sense that she really had a good time. She repeatedly commented on how close she had become with Ms. Grace. “We were like buddies,” she would say. It was a huge surprise to us because she had never said anything like that about any adult.

    Keystone Summer Program Brochure

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