Imagine the thrill and the challenge of giving your child the best of both worlds, culturally and academically. YingHua International School (YHIS), conveniently centered in the spacious schoolhouse at 25 Laurel Avenue, Kingston, just minutes outside Princeton, provides thorough training in all subjects for students from early learning (ages 18 months) through eighth grade.
Head of School Laura Desai says, “We are a progressive, innovative, and diverse co-educational, non-profit, private, independent, international day school. We encourage students to reach their own unique potential through both an inquiry- based classroom environment employing the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and dual language immersion in Chinese and English. We are proud to be the only Chinese/English immersion program on the East Coast to offer the prestigious IB curriculum.”
A YingHua education inspires students to be creative and globally conscious through comprehensive, fun, nurturing, and experiential hands-on immersion experiences that teach students to build, consider, and share original perspectives.
“At YHIS we enable academic excellence and prepare students for compassionate, effective, and ethical global citizenship by facilitating English and Chinese language acquisition and instilling a passion for lifelong learning,” says Desai. “Excellence at YHIS means being the best that we can be every day. Excellence includes personal, social, physical, professional, and cultural development as well as intellectual curiosity and academic excellence. It includes teamwork, community service, and leadership.”
Diversity is a hallmark of YHIS. “Our student body represents a multitude of ethnic backgrounds from all over the world. Students from families who are long-time area residents learn alongside students who are newcomers. We actively assist and welcome all of our new families, including those who are relocating from abroad,” Desai says proudly. “At YHIS we embrace equity among cultures and peoples and respect the natural world, including its animals and plant inhabitants.”
Other key elements of the YHIS mission are integrity and compassion. “At YHIS this means excellence of character. Both integrity and compassion are essential to how we relate to and treat one another and are critical cornerstones for what the YHIS community embodies daily,” Desai states.
Beyond the regular school day, childcare from dual language speaking staff is offered from 3:30 to 6 p.m. each day, and homework help is available for all subjects during this time as well.
A superlative student/teacher ratio truly distinguishes YHIS. It is a healthy 1:5 for the Early Learning Program, 1:7 for Pre-S to Pre-K, and 1:7 for K to 8. Of the 26 teachers, all are International Baccalaureate trained and over 90 percent hold advanced degrees. In addition, students may expand their language skills beyond the immersion in Mandarin Chinese. Classes in Spanish are offered in the middle school, and opportunities to learn other skills and abilities is offered as part of the after-school program working through the many vendor partnerships which the school has.
“Our rolling admissions program encourages families to enroll in the superior educational opportunity that YHIS offers immediately upon completion of the admissions process,” says Desai. “We hope that you will join us and experience the difference that education at YingHua International School provides.”