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.