Our secondary program engages students with a rigorous curriculum that inspires within them a love of lifelong learning.

A warm welcome from our Principal

grace hale Secondary Principal at chengdu international school

We develop, challenge, enlighten, and transform students as they continue to discover who they are and aspire towards their future goals. The Secondary program helps our students develop 21st century skills that prepare them for advanced study and careers in an ever-changing world.

Through their time with the Chengdu International School community, both in and out of the classroom, we challenge our students to become critical thinkers, effective communicators, and lifelong learners.

Grace Hale

Secondary Principal

Bringing the curriculum to life

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Honors and AP classes

Honors classes cover material that regular class covers but at a faster pace and more in depth. (AP) courses are college level courses that offer advanced curricula and develop college level skills. Depending on the score they earn on the end-of-year exam, students may be able to receive college credit. College credit is dependent on the college or university’s AP credit policy.

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Advanced Placement

We offer an impressive range of 14 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, including… Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Physics Mechanics, Psychology, Seminar, Studio Art: Drawing, Research, and World History.

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Reaching higher

There are big benefits to be had for students who take advanced courses. By seizing the opportunity to challenge themselves in a more demanding class, and handling more advanced content, students can obtain additional college credit when they enroll in a college or university, achieve a higher GPA, and capture the attention of college admissions officers.

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AP Capstone

AP Capstone is the College Board’s two-year diploma program designed to hone students’ research, reasoning, analysis, and writing skills. In the first year of the AP Seminar course, students will learn to evaluate information, develop a research question, and craft an academic argument. In year two of AP Research, students will design and execute their own research project and write a 5,000-word research report.

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Taken by students in Grades 10 and 11, the Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT / NMSQT) measures critical reading, math, and writing skills that are important for success in college. PSAT / NMSQT scores can be used to estimate probable performance on the SAT®.

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SAT and ACT tests

These tests measure a student’s college readiness. Information obtained from test results can help students plan their education beyond high school. Prospective college websites usually specify which test they require, if any. Most students take the SAT and/or ACT in Grade 11.

Next steps on the learning journey

To best guide and prepare our students, we provides specialist support in the areas of career exploration, college and university selection, and the college application process.

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Our aim is simple: to help each student explore their options and find a major that best prepares them for their future. Our high school students’ academic performance and standardized testing grades will also be monitored regularly to help them move toward graduation and equip them to become strong college and university candidates.

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Our students have gone on to study a wide variety of subjects, such as cybersecurity, education, animation and finance, at many universities around the world including…

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Our Secondary teaching team

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Christian Stoltzfus


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Leigha Stoltzfus

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Du Qiang


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Susan Acuff

Social Studies/English

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Charles Brett Irby

Social Studies

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Alina Gates

Secondary Social Studies

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Ann Nelson

Psychology and Well-being Counselor

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Morgan Liu


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Sabre Yu


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Hannah Tucker

Choir Director

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Heather Hoekman

Band Director

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Harmony Liu


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Michaja Kullmann


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Rebecca Pan

Chinese Language

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Guili Huang

Chinese Language

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Esther Liu

Chinese Language

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Shiny Cheng

Chinese Language

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Michelle Zeng

Chinese Language

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Ken Cao


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Katrina Xu


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Joy Wang

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Recognized for excellence

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Chengdu International School is accredited by Cognia, the largest education improvement organization in the world—demonstrating our commitment to learners, teachers, leaders and communities.

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