History & Background to Hangzhou Chongwen Experimental School in China 崇文实验学校简介

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Hangzhou Chongwen Experimental School 崇文实验学校简介 is a school within the Zhejiang province. The School is designed to educate students within smaller class sizes. It has attracted much attention with its unique design, the advanced level of education and its people-orientated management.

HangZhou Chongwen Experimental School’s predecessor is Hangzhou Chongwen Academy which was founded in 1599. It was one of the four greatest colleges in late Qing Dynasty.

“To ensure both teachers and students learning, development and growth occurs in a paradise!” is the everlasting principle of Chongwen Experimental School.

In October 2002, the new School’s building was constructed at the south of the Qiantang River; covering an area of 30 acres. It was the first primary school designed for initiatives such as “Small Class Education“, and also the first primary school fully implementing the “New Class Education” in China.

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The School has a quiet and elegant environment, and is equipped with first class teaching facilities. Chongwen has a magnificent concert hall, a standard student experimental dormitory, an electric reading room with daily access, an immaculate canteen, a reading room with more than thirty thousand textbooks. Chongwen also has professional classrooms for music, art, science and other core subjects. Every classroom in Chongwen is equipped with interactive flat screen computer devices. The desks, chairs and information boards in each classroom are specially designed for “Small Class Education“. Every teacher is equipped with laptops and devices for their teaching and lesson planning.

Today, the School operates 48 classes and boasts more than 1,420 students. The team of highly skilled teachers are continually developing and innovating teaching methodologies. Teachers in Chongwen make full use of their surrounding resources by setting up workshops with nationally recognised education leaders such as Mr Zhang Huawan’s studio, Mrs Wang Yanhua’s studio, Mrs Yang Mingming’s studio, Mrs Yang Weihua’s studio, Mr Zhu Leping’s studio, and Mr Zhang Dinger’s studio.

Chongwen implements “Chongwen Academy Masters” system, applying “Shi Dai Tu” – which is an organisational development model where more experienced teachers transmit knowledge to newer teachers. This knowledge exchange ensures the core teaching delivery practices are transmitted to younger generations and with the added benefit of incorporating fresh ideas and ‘cutting edge’ technology. The result is an energised team with highly developed and innovative teaching practices.

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Chongwen has undertaken a series of educational exhibitions, such as West Lake Expo, and other activities with domestic counterparts to strengthen communication. The School has also built strong relationships with other foreign schools; having received visitors from the Americas, Great Britain, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macao, South Korea, and Germany (just to mention a few…).

The educational goal of Chongwen is always to build a first-class international school.  The infamous educator, Mr Gu Mingyuan, visited Chongwen to undertake an assessment and, after rating the School highly in his performance appraisal, he is quoted as saying:

Teaching with these new educational concepts, learning in the ‘new class mode’, developing these new teaching methodologies – it creates unique and powerful experiences!

President Xi Jinping has visited this School several times to give his praise and support for the contemporary fashion in which the School operates.

Although many of the organisation’s concepts are relatively new, the teaching calibre is that of sheer excellence. Students’ approach to the School is that of intrigue, excitement and curiosity – all within a wonderland of possibilities, learning and growth. Combining the history, traditions and values of an ancient school with 21st Century innovation, teaching practices and technology ensures a promising future for both the School and, most importantly, the students.

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