VIA at a Glance:

Vermont International Academy (VIA) was founded in 2011 as an independent, private, college preparatory school system and whose system headquarters are in Shanghai, China. VIA is in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Kunshan, Xiamen, and Wuxi. Some campuses are operated within local-partner host school campuses utilizing VIA curriculum and with VIA faculty leading the learning. VIA cooperates with the host schools to utilize local buildings, facilities and other academic resources that are required for a full educational experience. Some campuses are stand-alone campuses where all aspects of the school are wholly owned by VIA. Currently, VIA has two campuses that are accredited by AdvancED - the Kunshan and Second Foreign Language campuses - and the VIA system is now in the process of seeking system-wide accreditation, which will mean that each campus is fully accredited and can offer an accredited and authentic American diploma. The curriculum and academic experience are designed to ensure that international students are well prepared for American higher education. For the past four years, the majority of VIA students have been able to access some of the best colleges and universities in the United States. Foundational to a VIA education, students are required to demonstrate capacity in writing, critical thinking, reasoning, reflection and other outcomes of the Humanities. In combination with subject areas in Math and Science, graduates are fully prepared for the rigor and learning environments of the American higher education system, and embrace the role of classroom engagement, faculty and student mentorship, civic responsibility and the importance of written communication. Vermont International Academy faculty and staff are committed to the needs of every student as individual learners and have created environments from which students can develop their intellectual talents and express their individual ideas and thoughts.

Chinese Campuses:

VIA - GUANGZHOU CAMPUS

VIA's Guangzhou campus is the first academic-focus school established by Vermont International Academy. VIA-Guangzhou campus follows the VIA curriculum while integrating applied business modules and focus in courses across the curriculum. The school is located inside of the high-end office park and adopts the idea of "enclosed park, open school." This unique location provides students with a safe learning atmosphere alongside immediate access to a variety of high-tech business which are co-located within the park. VIA has developed partnerships with many of these businesses, allowing its students to gain firsthand, internship-level experience throughout the school year.

Utilizing an innovative combination of off-campus experiences and on-site workshops hosted by local and regional businessmen, VIA-Guangzhou provides students with a unique, hands-on learning experience that cultivates creative thinking and accelerates their preparation for future careers in business and economics. Students are well-positioned to compete in national and international business competitions, increasing their exposure and interactivity with the larger world.

VIA – KUNSHAN CAMPUS (CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL KUNSHAN)

VIA-Kunshan campus is operated as a school within a host school model. Our host school was founded in September 2012, The Canadian International School is affiliated with St. John's-Kilmarnock School (SJK). It is the first international school approved by Jiangsu Department of Education after Chinese Ministry of Education's adjustment in education policies. The VIA-Kunshan campus sits adjacent to Duke University, Kunshan. The school has a footprint area of 193 acres that house an elementary school, middle school and international communication center with a kindergarten in the process of construction.
In 2018, VIA – Kunshan campus was accredited by AdvancED, making it the second campus to be recognized as a fully accredited school. VIA-Kunshan campus strengthens the VIA curriculum with strong STEM initiatives across the course curricula. Teachers represent most English-speaking countries to provide a wonderfully diverse learning experience from various cultures and contexts. The added value of multiple cultural contexts among the teaching faculty is the many opportunities for cultural development and international communication before students leave VIA to study abroad.

VIA – XIAMEN CAMPUS (THE SCHOOL AFFILIATED TO XIAMEN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY)

VIA-Xiamen campus is operated as a school within a host school model. Our host school, the school affiliated to Xiamen Institute of Technology, is a high-end private school, spanning kindergarten, primary school, middle school and international senior high school that is housed on the beautiful campus of the Xiamen Institute of Technology (XIT). In 2017, the school was approved to enroll junior high school graduates and welcomed Vermont International Academy to its campus. VIA-Xiamen campus will graduate its first class in the 2020 academic year.

VIA-Xiamen campus is very strong in math and science and uses the location within XIT to leverage applied learning opportunities in all courses across the curriculum as well as traditional STEM-STEAM related disciplines. The opportunity to expand learning outside the traditional classroom offers outstanding extra and co-curricular extracurricular opportunities for the students and encourages them to develop their personality scholastic passion as they seek to become well-rounded students and people.

VIA – WUXI CAMPUS

VIA-Wuxi campus is the first wholly owned campus in the VIA system and is set to become the flagship school. The campus is located just north of the beautiful and historic Taihu Lake in Jiangsu Province and has been developed as a state-of-the-art campus that integrates traditional and progressive learning with technology that allows for differentiated learning. VIA-Wuxi campus will also serve as the lab school for curriculum development and course development for the VIA system of independent schools. The VIA-Wuxi campus is set for a soft academic and campus launch in Spring of 2019.

VIA - SHANGHAI CAMPUS (SOUTHWEST WEIYU MIDDLE SCHOOL)

VIA-Shanghai campus (SWWY) is operated as a school within a host school model. Our host school, Shanghai Southwest Weiyu Middle School, is the first large private middle school built after the start of the "Reform and Opening Up" movement. Southwest Weiyu Middle School is among the best private middle schools in Shanghai.

The host school consists of 3 campuses and educates about 3000 students each year, including students from 12 countries, including America, Japan, Australia, South Korea, and Argentina, as well as the Chinese regions of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In the past few years, the VIA-Shanghai campus (SWWY) has developed a strong reputation as a premiere college preparatory program among many American universities. Students from VIA have earned admission to excellent universities and colleges in America, including Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, Rice University, Emory University, and the University of California – Berkeley.

VIA - SHANGHAI CAMPUS (THE SECOND FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL)

VIA-Shanghai campus (SFLS) is operated as a school within a host school model. Our host school, The Second Foreign Language School Affiliated to Shanghai Normal University is a boarding school that is in the University Town of Nanhui Science and Technology Park. The host school covers an area of 150 acres and its school buildings occupy 150,000M2. As a 21st century learning campus, each classroom is equipped with computers, digital projectors and an interactive touch screen for differentiated learning. Additionally, the school provides four computer labs with a broadband network, a double deck gymnasium, a 400-meter standard track and field facility, and library. All these facilities provide excellent learning opportunities and quality of life for our students.

The VIA-Shanghai campus (SFLS) has made substantial achievements and became one of the first six schools in China to receive AdvancED accreditation from the United States. AdvancED, the world's largest accreditation organization, is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation by AdvancED is the "golden standard" of the American education system for quality education in schools.

VIA-Shanghaicampus (SFLS) team consists of the management team, curriculum experts, international teachers, Chinese teachers and student life service team. VIA-Shanghai campus (SFLS) teachers of core subjects (and most electives) all have relevant US teaching certification and experience.

GOODWIN COLLEGE

VIA expects to begin operation in the USA on the campus of Goodwin College in 2019. Goodwin College was established in 1962, is a private, nonprofit, four-year educational institution located in East Hartford, Connecticut. It issues bachelor's and master's diplomas and was granted accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The campus along the Connecticut River shares resources and has close a relationship in instructional cooperation with its affiliated K-12 schools inside the campus, including Connecticut River Academy (CTRA), a public high school famous for environmental science and advanced manufacturing, and Riverside Magnet School (RMS), an elementary and pre-school institution renowned for art and design study.

Once VIA-Goodwin College launches, students and teachers can fully utilize Goodwin College's facilities and its intelligent manufacturing laboratory equipment which were sponsored in large part by industrial enterprises like Hewlett-Packard Engine Company. Additionally, the students at VIA-Goodwin College will be able to take up to 30 undergraduate credits at Goodwin College free of charge. To earn credit, the students are held to the same attendance and examination standards as their undergraduate counterparts. This early access to genuine college courses gives students a significant advantage both in the college application process and in their readiness for success as college students in the future.





OTTER VALLEY UNION HIGH SCHOOL (OVUHS)

Otter Valley Union High School (OVUHS) is an outstanding school in Vermont. Principal James Avery has fostered a close relationship with China. He has visited a number of educational institutions in China, attended academic exchange activities and dedicated funding specifically for hiring professional staff to teach Chinese language and culture courses at Otter Valley. OVUHS is one of few senior high schools in Vermont which teaches Chinese as a foreign language. Students selecting Chinese courses in OVUHS have made friends and chatted with VIA students in China for more than one year through live video chat sessions.



GOODWIN COLLEGE

VIA expects to begin operation in the USA on the campus of Goodwin College in 2019. Goodwin College was established in 1962, is a private, nonprofit, four-year educational institution located in East Hartford, Connecticut. It issues bachelor's and master's diplomas and was granted accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The campus along the Connecticut River shares resources and has close a relationship in instructional cooperation with its affiliated K-12 schools inside the campus, including Connecticut River Academy (CTRA), a public high school famous for environmental science and advanced manufacturing, and Riverside Magnet School (RMS), an elementary and pre-school institution renowned for art and design study.

Once VIA-Goodwin College launches, students and teachers can fully utilize Goodwin College's facilities and its intelligent manufacturing laboratory equipment which were sponsored in large part by industrial enterprises like Hewlett-Packard Engine Company. Additionally, the students at VIA-Goodwin College will be able to take up to 30 undergraduate credits at Goodwin College free of charge. To earn credit, the students are held to the same attendance and examination standards as their undergraduate counterparts. This early access to genuine college courses gives students a significant advantage both in the college application process and in their readiness for success as college students in the future.





OTTER VALLEY UNION HIGH SCHOOL (OVUHS)

Otter Valley Union High School (OVUHS) is an outstanding school in Vermont. Principal James Avery has fostered a close relationship with China. He has visited a number of educational institutions in China, attended academic exchange activities and dedicated funding specifically for hiring professional staff to teach Chinese language and culture courses at Otter Valley. OVUHS is one of few senior high schools in Vermont which teaches Chinese as a foreign language. Students selecting Chinese courses in OVUHS have made friends and chatted with VIA students in China for more than one year through live video chat sessions.



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