2021 has been a year of growth and success for our network of international and bilingual schools. This has been apparent in our growing blog presence, as we shared further stories from our teachers about their experience in the classroom, traveling, and advice for teaching abroad; vision statements and biographies from our school leaders; information about new schools and career opportunities; and many other school activities and initiatives.
We have reached the end of the year, and it is time for a look at a few of our most popular blog posts of 2021. Whether it’s from a school leader, a teacher, or another insight, we know you will find these posts helpful, just as many of our readers have this year. Take a look!
Meet the Head of School: Dr. Ryan Kelly, BASIS International & Bilingual School Chengdu
BASIS International & Bilingual School Chengdu will open in fall of 2022, and become the first BASIS International Schools campus to include both bilingual and international school programs. Founding Head of School, Dr. Ryan Kelly, shares about his background and what led him to want to come to China as a school leader in this post.
Letter from the Head of School: Kyra Gailis, BASIS International School Hangzhou
BASIS International School Hangzhou Head of School Kyra Gailis shares her vision for the school community, about the school environment, and the teachers who excel at their school in this post.
The LET/SET Co-Teaching Model in Action
Our primary classrooms feature a unique co-teaching model, where two teachers share lead teaching duties–one focused on a specific subject (Subject Expert Teacher), and one focused on differentiation and individual student learning and understanding (Learning Engagement Teacher). The LET/SET Model results in improved student outcomes, and increased teacher satisfaction.
One successful LET/SET teacher pair at BASIS International School Shenzhen shared with us about their experience teaching together and collaborating daily in this post.
Travels Through Beautiful China
China is a beautiful country, and offers opportunities to explore many different climates, historical sites, natural wonders, and much more. BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour English teacher Jennifer Gunter shared about the highlights of her extensive travels through beautiful China in this post.
From Our Teachers: Advice for Teaching Abroad
One of the best ways to decide if teaching abroad is right for you is to hear from experienced expat teachers who have either taught abroad before, or are doing it right now. They each had a unique life experience, and their own set of questions to answer, before making their decision and can help to answer your questions too.
What is their best advice? Get insights from our experienced expat teachers here.
My First Year at BASIS Bilingual School Shenzhen, Pt. 2
The founding faculty, school leadership, and staff at BASIS Bilingual School Shenzhen have done an outstanding job creating a positive school community in their first year as a school. One of our expat teachers shared about her experiences as a founding member of faculty at BASIS Bilingual School Shenzhen. Her story shows that not only can you learn about new teaching techniques and curriculum by teaching abroad, but also about yourself and the world around you.
Read her story here.
My First Year at BASIS International School Hangzhou
As part of our series of posts from teachers about their first year teaching with BASIS International Schools, BASIS International School Hangzhou physics teacher Dr. Chantal Rudman shared about her first year teaching abroad–the highs, the lows, and the cherished memories (and lab experiments) that will never be forgotten.
Read more here.
My First Year at BASIS Bilingual School Shenzhen
Opening a new school is an exciting, and sometimes stressful, time. You’re developing new procedures, learning a new curriculum, working with entirely new students. But at the same time you are also enjoying brand new facilities, and the ability to make your classes unique to fit both your team, and your students’ interests and strengths.
Experienced international teacher Gina Winthrop shared with us about her first year teaching at BASIS Bilingual School Shenzhen, and her experience as a founding faculty member, here.
Class of 2021 College Acceptances
The Class of 2021 achieved outstanding results on their college acceptances, with an over 95% acceptance rate to Top 50 Universities, and over 75% acceptance rate to Top 30 Universities. 2021 was also the first graduating class for BASIS International School Guangzhou, and the first early graduates from BASIS International School Park Lane Harbour. Graduates were accepted to some of the best universities in the world, including University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Toronto, MIT, Cornell University, Duke, Dartmouth, and many others.
Read more and view the full list of acceptances here.