It is with a deep sense of excitement and pride that we welcome your interest in Keystone Academy, a school from foundation year to grade 12 with magnificent, purpose-built facilities. We do so on behalf of a team of outstanding educators drawn from around the world. With your involvement and assistance, our new school will quickly become a beautiful blossom in the Beijing educational garden. Here’s why.
First, our name says a great deal about who we are and what we are doing. We know that a keystone is the central piece of an archway. It brings the two sides of the arch together, bears their weight, and makes the entire structure stable and durable. Our major “keystone” will fuse the best of Chinese pedagogy and practice with the best of the American boarding school tradition. We shall add to this a curricular base drawn from the international education movement and its insights. The result will be a powerful combination, academically excellent and educationally innovative.
Second, we have other distinctive “keystones.” Our classes will be small, 18 in the elementary years and around 14 from grade 6 upwards. Although all our younger students in the primary division will be day students, most students in the middle and high schools will be full boarders. Here they will learn to live together and to develop true character in a residential setting notable for its care and compassion. Their teachers will live on campus with them, and teach and guide them around the clock. Keystone Academy will be a partner with significant boarding schools around the world, most particularly the East Coast of the United States, where a number of our senior administrators have served in leadership positions over many years. We shall create a world-class boarding school right here in Beijing.
Full immersion in bilingual education, Mandarin Chinese and English, will be a “keystone” for the younger grades, yielding more to English as the students mature. Our school will prepare Chinese students for fine colleges and universities in America and other English speaking countries. When they leave Keystone Academy, they will be fluent in at least two languages, and they will be proud ambassadors for their country. Running through all years of the curriculum will be a thematic spine that focuses on Chinese history, culture, and identity: China in the World. We shall also attract a small but significant group of international students who wish to gain an understanding, through their schooling, of the glorious language, rich legacy and proud future of China.
Experience is like an arch. It opens up new worlds, and draws us onward to the new visions and views that it frames. Keystone Academy will do that for you, and for all of us who study and live there.
Ed Shanahan, Founding President Malcolm McKenzie, Founding Head of School
The Day of Awakening Insects is significant to Chinese farmers because it represents the beginning of spring planting, a period marked by roaring thunders and awakening insects. Similar to the farmer’s eager anticipation for this season to come, prospective Middle School parents and students eagerly awaited admission decisions from Keystone Academy.
What if an elite-U.S. boarding school and IB education were offered together here, now, in China? What if you could live with and learn from some of the most talented and passionate teachers from top U.S. boarding schools such as Hotchkiss, Exeter and Deerfield?