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Additional Program Information

Newton Public Schools
100 Walnut Street
Newton MA 02460

Beijing Jingshan School
53 Dengshikou
East City District
Beijing 100006
People's Republic of China

US Department of State
This toll free number and e-mail can be used by host families, exchange students and the public to report circumstances impacting exchange students’ health, safety and well being during their exchange visitor programs.
1.866.283.9090
jvisas@state.gov

Past Teachers
If you are interested in talking to past exchange teachers, please contact Samantha Mandel at samantha_mandel@newton.k12.ma.us for contact information. The past teachers will be more than happy to talk to you (incessantly!) about China and answer any of your questions.

Program Summary

Description
During spring semester of every school year, the Newton - Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program sends two Newton teachers and a group of high school students to the Jingshan School in Beijing, Newton Public Schools' sister school. Newton hosts a similar group from the Jingshan School every fall. While in Beijing, teachers teach English and continue their own study of Chinese (Mandarin). Students attend classes in Chinese language, history, art, music, math, science, and martial arts — all in Chinese.
For questions, contact:
Samantha Mandel
Global Education Programs Manager
Newton Public Schools 
617-559-6400, ext. 454391 (North)
617-559-6500, ext. 453290 (South)
 
Qualifications
The requirements for successful candidates for the Exchange are:
  • a keen spirit of adventure
  • commitment to learn Chinese
  • flexibility in travel and living arrangements
  • willingness and enthusiasm to serve as an ambassador
  • a lively esprit de corps
 
Living Arrangements
Both the Newton group in Beijing and the Jingshan group in Newton live with host families.

Time of Stay
The Newton group spends the spring semester in Beijing — approximately four months.
 
Hosting
 The Newton group hosts students from the Jingshan school in the fall semester — approximately four months.

Preparation
The Exchange requires Newton participants to attend an intensive four week summer institute and continue study of Chinese language and culture in the fall. All preparation is provided by the Newton Public Schools.
 
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