High School Attached to Beijing Normal University(SDSZ.) is a key school
which has gained considerable fame in China. It is an experimental base
for instituting the teaching re-forms of the Ministry of Education and Beijing
Normal University, as well as a cradle for training outstanding middle school
students from all parts of China.
The school motto, "honesty, sincerity, strictness, truth seeking and
pioneering", is a guiding principle for teachers and students.
Founded in 1917, this school was formerly known as the "Girls' High
School Attached to Beijing Normal University." Since its establishment,
the school has consistently enjoyed a high reputation throughout the country
for its "strict approach in pursuing studies." Bred in this venerable
domicile of learning were many celebrities, such as leading scientists Hao
Yichun (academician to the Chinese Academy), Hun Queen (former vice-president
of China Science Institute) and Lu Shijia, female journalists Pu Xixiu and
Chen Baisheng, as well as woman general Nie Li and female artist Xiao Shufang.
Well-known Chinese scholars and educators such as Ma Yinchu, Chen Jinmin,
Fu Zhongsun, Cheng Chuntai, Min Sihe and Hu Jieqing used to teach in this
school. Since the advent of new China, the school has gained consistent
and warm support from generations of the Central Communist Party of China
(CCPC) and the central government leaders. Comments on a girl student's
diary by Mao Zedong, former Chairman of CCPC and President of the country;
inscriptions of other high central governmental officials such as Liu Shaoqi,
Chen Yun, Li Peng and Li Lanqin; inspections and instructions in school
activities from well-known statesmen Deng Yingchao, Peng Zhen, He Long,
Chen Yi and Nie Rongzhen, have all added to her brilliant coloring. On the
80th anniversary celebration, President Jiang Zemin wrote his inscription,
¡®Implement the Party's educational policy, deepen the educational reform,
and develop a unique schooling feature.¡¯
In 1984 this school pioneered curriculum reform in Beijing. The Chinese
textbooks compiled by the school teachers were approved by the Ministry
of Education and are now used nationwide. In 1995 with the permission of
the Beijing Educational Commission, a further curriculum reform was initiated
with the first year students of senior high schoo1. The revised curriculum
includes required subjects, specialized courses, elective courses and extracurricular
activities. In this way the students can fully develop their personal interests,
so as to demonstrate the extended educational function.
In 1983 the reform project in moral education was established. The newly
structured model system was based on students' self-management, and also
students were given more freedom to attend a variety of activities in this
In 1996 the school began to exploit a new model of running a school. Based
on this policy, the first joint-venture high school named Beijing Concord
College of Sino-Canada was successfully established. With the permission
of the government, a private-under-government-support school, called the
Branch of Experimental Middle School Attached to Beijing Normal University,
and another private school, Bei Luyuan Branch of Experimental Middle School
Attached to Beijing Normal University were also established.
In 1993 the Ministry of Education decided that this school set up a special
science class comprised of students from all over the country. They are
required to study here for three years. Applicants should be junior middle
school graduates who are the top ten students in maths and physics competitions
in their provinces. These students will complete the required courses in
a far shorter amount of time than the regular classes, offered an opportunity
for professors and other specialized teachers to instruct them during their
third year. These students are also given more freedom to choose their own
subject matter. All the students in the experimental classes are enrolled
into universities upon graduation without having to take the entrance examinations.
Up till now, 13 of the students have received top level academic awards
in international competitions. 94 students have received awards in the state
competitions, and 1054 students have received awards in the Beijing competitions.
With such great achievements, the school was exempted from the State Examinations
set for senior graduates by Beijing Education Commission. (Only two privileged
schools in Beijing)
"The research for advancement and excellence" is our principle.
We hope every student will develop fullest potential and achieve the highest
possible success. In the past, many outstanding students were able to go
to leading universities and colleges and since 1993 one hundred percent
of the graduating class have been accepted to tertiary education. Among
them about ninety percent entered key universities and colleges, with about
twenty six percent enrolled in Qinghua University and Beijing University.
Every year about ten students are selected by dozens of universities without
taking entrance examinations. The Experimental Middle School has been named
as an advanced school known for its well rounded education, conscientious
teaching, strict approach in pursuing studies and harmonious atmosphere
amongst the faculty.
All the teaching staff have met the state academic requirements. Young and
middle-aged teachers occupy 63.2% of the staff. Over thirty teachers are
city or district head-teachers in their particular subjects and some are
heads of associations in their fields. In recent years, they have been involved
in seven educational research projects at State or Education Ministry levels,
and over a hundred research works have been published. Hundreds of these
have been published in the state and city magazines. Many of these have
received top awards in the district. In 2000, the school was evaluated as
"the Advanced School in Research of Educational Science."
There is a strong focus on physical education and students' health. The
school has been recognized as a front line leader in the area of sports
achievement and in the promotion of clinical and hygiene services. The female
volleyball team and track team are known as the best teams in Beijing. With
the reform of PE courses, required subjects and specialized courses were
charged with a successful result. In 2000 the school was awarded a gold
medal for the best promotion of students' health.
The school is also a window to the world. She has received many awards for
promotion of international exchanges. Mr. Al Gore, the former vice president
of the United States of America paid a visit to the school. Mrs. Annan,
wife of Mr. Kofi Annan who acts as Secretary General of the United Nations
came to visit this school. In the past ten years two hundred and twenty-six
staff members and about two hundred students have studied at or visited
schools in America, Canada, Japan, Britain, France, Germany, Singapore,
South Korea, Thailand, Australia, South Africa and North Korea. Besides,
the school has sister schools, such as the Hong Kong-based Chinese International
School and American Milton Academy in Boston, USA. The school has been recognized
several times for its excellent international exchange programs.
The Experimental Middle School Attached to Beijing Normal University is
a school which adheres to strict approach to teaching in a harmonious and
open atmosphere. In the wake of the new millennium, this school will grasp
any possible opportunity to seek high developments in the field of educational
reform. A new system of running the school will be established to meet the
needs of a socialist economic marketing system. And based on this system,
we will create a new school management structure, with a focus on task implementation,
teaching quality, all for the benefit of society.