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University Acceptances Profile

 

United States of America

Denmark
Arizona State University Copenhagen Business School
Auburn University  
Bates College France
Beloit College Institute National dés Sciences Appliquees
Brigham Young University La Rochelle Business School
Boston University Studium University
Bowdoin College Université Paris VI – Pierre & Marie Curie
Brown University Université Paris VII – Denis Diderot
California State University, Chico Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier
California State University, Long Beach Vatel School - Nimes
California State University, Los Angeles  
California State University, Sacramento Germany
California State University, San Francisco Freie Universität Berlin
California State University, San Jose International Berufsakademie
Carnegie Mellon University Technische Universität Munich
Colby-Sawyer College University of Oldenburg
Connecticut College Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein Kiel
Cornell University  
Delaware College of Art and Design Hong Kong 
Drexel University Chinese University Hong Kong
Eastern Michigan University City University of Hong Kong
Emory University Hong Kong Institute of Education
Florida State University Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Florida International University Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong
Fordham University The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Furman University University of Hong Kong
George Mason University  
George Washington University Japan
Georgia Institute of Technology Keio University
Golf Academy of America Kwansei University
Grinnell College Kyoto University
Hamilton College Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Indiana State University Sophia University
Indiana University Bloomington Tamagawa University
Iowa State University University of Sapporo
Johns Hopkins University University of Tokyo - PEAK Honors Program
Kansas State University University of Tsukuba
Lehigh University Waseda University
Manhattan School of Music  
Marquette University Korea 
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Chungnam National University
Michigan State University Ewha Women’s University
New York University Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Northeastern University KAIST
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Konkuk University
Oberlin College Korea University
Occidental College Kyung Hee University
Ohio State University Columbus Kyungbuk National University
Ohio Wesleyan University Pohang University of Science
Oregon State University and Technology
Parsons The New School for Design Seoul National University
Pennsylvania State University Sogang University
Pratt Institute Sung Kyun Kwan University
Purdue University Yonsei University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  
Rhode Island School of Design New Zealand
Rochester Institute of Technology University of Auckland
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey University of Otago
Sarah Lawrence College  
School of the Art Institute in Chicago (SAIC) Singapore
Skidmore College Singapore Management University
State University of New York at Binghamton  
State University of New York at Buffalo Spain
State University of New York at at Stonybrook Flight Training Europe (FTE) Jerez
Syracuse University Flight Training Europe (FTE) Jerez
University of Arizona HTL International
University of California, Berkeley  
University of California, Davis Switzerland 
University of California, Irvine Glion Institute of Higher Education
University of California, Los Angeles  
University of California, Riverside The Netherlands
University of California, San Diego Breda University of Applied Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara Erasmus University Rotterdam
University of Colorado, Boulder Fontys University
University of Delaware InHolland University of Applied Sciences
University of Florida NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
University of Georgia Saxion University
University of Hawaii University of Houston Tilburg University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Amsterdam
University of Iowa University of Groningen
University of Kansas University of Massachusett  
University of Kentucky United Kingdom 
University of Maryland at Baltimore Aston University, Birmingham
University of Minnesota, Crookston City University of London
University of Minnesota, Morris Durham University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Goldsmiths
University of Pennsylvania Heriot-Watt University
University of Pittsburgh University of Southern California Hult Business School
University of Texas, Austin Imperial College London
University of Tulsa King's College London
University of Virginia University of Washington Kingston University
University of Washington, Bothell University of Wisconsin London Metropolitan University
University of Wyoming Manchester University
Utah State University Vanderbilt University Oxford Brookes University
Virginia Commonwealth University Wayne State University Plymouth College of Art
Virginia Tech University Queen Mary's of London
Western Michigan University Robert Gordon University
  Swansea University
Australia  UAL Chelsea
University of Melbourne University College of London
University of Queensland University of Bath
University of Sydney University of Bedfordshire
  University of Birmingham
Canada University of Bristol
Carleton University University of Cambridge
McGill University University of Dundee
McMaster University University of Edinburgh
Queen's University University of East London
Ryerson University University of Exeter
Simon Fraser University University of Hertfordshire
Trent University University of Kent
University of Alberta University of Lancaster
University of British Columbia University of Leeds
University of Calgary University of Liverpool
University of New Brunswick University of Loughborough
University of Toronto University of Manchester
University of Waterloo University of Northampton
York University University of Reading
  University of Salford
China University of St. Andrews
Nankai University University of Surrey
NYU, Shanghai University of Warwick
Tianjin University  
Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University  
Zhejiang University  
OUR COMMUNITY

The International School of Tianjin (IST) is a not-for-profit, college-preparatory day school for Nursery to 12th grade students of the international community in Tianjin. Tianjin is a major industrial and commercial city just 30 minutes south of Beijing, China, with a metropolitan population of over 10 million. Founded in 1994, IST currently has approximately 500 students from 33 different countries and regions, with American, Danish, French, German and Korean students making up the largest percentages.

OUR SCHOOL

The school is an IB World School authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Grades 11-12), the Middle Years Programme (Grades 6-10), and the Primary Years Programme (Grades NPK-5). IST is fully accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the USA and the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe. IST graduated its first class in 2005. The school year begins on August 13 and ends on June 7, with 180 student contact days. The school year is divided into two semesters. There are eight, 40-minute class periods per day with double periods in most academic subject areas.

OUR FACULTY

There are 65 full-time and four part-time faculty members. All teachers have bachelor degrees and appropriate certification, with 31 of the faculty having advanced degrees. Teachers are supported by 27 Chinese teaching assistants, all of whom have university degrees. The faculty has previously taught at 163 different international schools around the world and has an average of 13 years teaching experience.

CO-CURRICULAR

IST offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities, including drama, choir, strings, band, yearbook, chess, translation services, community and service, Model United Nations, and leadership conferences. Through the Student Council and other student-initiated activities, students have the opportunity to assume and develop leadership roles. IST is a competitive member of the Beijing-Tianjin ISAC Sports League, as well as a participant in the China-wide ACAMIS Sports, Culture, and Arts Leagues. Students also participate in ‘Week Without Walls’, a program that offers our students genuine and meaningful exposure to, engagement and interaction with, and appreciation of, our host country China.

OUR CURRICULUM

The minimum expectations for an an IST Diploma are: Language A, 4 credits; Language B, 4 credits; Humanities, 4 credits; Science, 4 credits; Mathematics, 4 credits; Physical Education, 2 credit; Arts 2.5 credits; Technology, 2 credit; and Electives, 2 credits. We also give one credit each to TOK, CAS, Personal Project and Extended Essay (these are all required credits for IST graduates).

In total 32.5 credits are required by all students, with 17.5 required from studies in grades 9 and 10 and 15 credits required from grades 11 and 12. Each credit is a full year course.

The IB Middle Years Program curriculum provides a set schedule for all 6th-10th grade students with a full course of eight subjects per semester. English is the language of instruction, with French, German, Danish, Chinese and Korean also offered as mother-tongue courses. The majority of the students study Chinese as a second language.

All students are expected to commence the full IB Diploma at the beginning of Grade 11 (viz. 6 academic subjects of which 3 are SL and 3 are HL, Extended Essay, TOK and CAS). However, in certain circumstances individual needs may dictate that students would be better suited to the IB Certificate IST Diploma (viz. 4/5 SL courses and 2/1 HL courses, along with participation in TOK, CAS and a modified Extended Essay. All three IB Core components are internally assessed.) Note: At the end of Grade 11, student in either stream may be placed in a purely IST Diploma stream (i.e. no formal IB certificates and therefore no externally moderated examinations,) or in an IST/IB-Certificates Hybrid stream.

GRADING & RANKING
Grades 9 and 10   Grades 11 and 12      
Grade Descriptor Letter Descriptor Band GPA
7 Excellent performance A+ Exceptional 96-100 4.33
6 Very good performance A Excellent 86-95 4.0
5 Good performance B Good 71-85 3.0
4 Satisfactory performance C Satisfactory 56-70 2.0
3 Remediation Required D Remediation Required 46-55 1.0
2 Incomplete I Incomplete 0-45 0.0
1 Incomplete        
  • IST’s High School program has two different grading systems: Grades 9 and 10 use the IB – MYP grading system, with marks given out of 7, while Grades 11 and 12 use a letter grade as shown in the tables above. Please note that Grade 11 and 12 grades relate to work completed during a given semester and reflect the student’s current standard, relative to that expected of a student at this stage in their studies within the context of the IST Diploma. While these grades correlate with an IB Diploma student’s likely final performance on the IB Diploma 7-point scale, they do not formally predict it.
  • For the purposes of marking and calculating Grade Point Averages (GPAs) IB Diploma classes and non-IB Diploma classes are treated separately. IB Diploma classes receive weighted grades where IB High-Level courses count at 1.6, Standard Level are the base unit 1, and TOK is .67. Non-IBDP students receive unweighted grades and they do not factor into the rankings or averages for the IB Diploma classes. We do not provide a specific class ranking of our students.
  • IST graduates who have successfully completed the full IB Diploma have received final scores ranging from 24 to 44. IST has achieved an average 95% pass rate in the IB Diploma with IB diploma scores averaging 34 since our first graduating Diploma class in 2005. The world average is approximately 30.