[Information] Teaching staff, courses and program of VAIE
Since its beginning of enrollment season in 2018, VAIE has been receiving inquires from parents every year. Here is a summary of key concerns about the teaching staff, courses and training model of VAIE for the reference of parents.
01 What is the frequently mentioned 2+1 Program of VAIE?
The 2+1 Program route adopted by VAIE refers to the learning plan of 2 years in China + 1 year in the United States for the senior high school students.
02 Why to study 2 years in China and 1 year in the United States?
Numerous cases reveal that Chinese students pursuing their senior high school study in the United States at an age of 14 or 15 are often not well prepared, and lack in independent living, linguistic competence, self-directed learning and socializing.
VAIE: If students can complete linguistic preparation, and change in learning methods, socializing methods and way of thinking in a living and social environment that they are familiar with in their home country, and gain independence in living and an in-depth understanding of the U.S. education and culture, they can better adapt to their future study in the United States.
03 Are the courses under the 2+1 training route the same as those taught in the United States?
VAIE: Both the senior high schools and universities of the United States adopt the credit system. The course system adopted by VAIE is the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) jointly proposed by the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Harvard and the Columbia University. This syllabus devised in accordance with the enrollment requirements of the U.S. universities is completely consistent with the senior high school course offerings in the U.S. Any course changes in the United States will be updated by the teaching platform of VAIE within 24 hours.
It’s such consistency of course offerings and teachers that has made the credits earned by the students VAIE in China equal to those gained by studying in senior high schools of the United States.
04 Teaching staff is the core of a school. What’s the strength of VAIE in teaching staff after only one year of establishment?
VAIE: VAIE believes that the U.S. senior high school courses should be taught by the U.S. senior high school teachers, instead of foreigners switching to the teaching profession after coming to China. All teachers of VAIE are in-service teachers of quality public high schools from the United States and holding U.S. standard teaching certificates. The U.S. local board of education will send teaching supervisors to VAIE for surveys on a regular basis to ensure teaching quality.
[U.S. standard teaching certificates] Basically all states in the United States require that public school teachers obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in education and related specializations, complete specific teacher training programs and have an internship of 6 months to 2 years before they can apply for a standard teaching certification test.
05 It’s understood that the students of VAIE will complete their third year of study in the United States on an F1 visa. Why does VAIE emphasize the use of F1 visa?
Any foreign students to receive a diploma of the U.S. senior high schools must hold an F1 visa, study in a U.S. senior high school for at least 1 year and obtain the approval of the local school district. Students studying in the U.S. on other visas or an overseas study tour are not qualified to receive a diploma of the U.S. senior high schools.
06 What edges can the students of VAIE holding a same diploma as that of the U.S. local students have?
The students of VAIE holding a place in the U.S. senior high schools and receiving a diploma of the U.S. senior high schools in different in nature in their application for universities from general international students. Enrollment data indicates that the prestigious U.S. universities are more inclined to enroll Chinese students holding a diploma of the U.S. senior high schools in recent years. That’s because the enrollment basis of the U.S. universities are primarily senior high school course, GPA, extracurricular activities, letter of recommendation and SAT.
Since the U.S. universities tend to enroll international students who can complete their academic study in the United States and represent further studies after senior high schools, the students of VAIE receiving a diploma of the U.S. senior high schools indicate that they meet the expectations and requirements on the senior high school students of the U.S. universities.