During fall semester of every school year, Newton hosts a group of 7-9 students and 1-2 teachers from the Beijing Jingshan School. In spring semester, the Newton - Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program sends two Newton teachers and a group of students from both Newton North and Newton South to the Jingshan School in Beijing, Newton Public Schools' sister school. 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.
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 ArrangementsBoth the Newton group in Beijing and the Jingshan group in Newton live with host families.
Time of StayThe Newton group spends the spring semester in Beijing — approximately four months.HostingThe Newton group hosts students from the Jingshan school in the fall semester — approximately four months.
PreparationDuring the first two weeks in August, the Exchange requires Newton participants to attend a summer language and culture program, and continue study of Chinese language and culture in the fall. All preparation is provided by the Newton Public Schools.
Additional Program Information
Newton Public Schools
100 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02460
Beijing Jingshan School
East City District
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.
If you are interested in talking to past exchange teachers, please contact Star Lew, Program Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org for contact information. The past teachers will be more than happy to talk to you about China and answer any of your questions.