Tsinghua University High School: Laying a foundation for leaders of the future

Note: There are a row of grew buildings, originally named the “Ding Houses”, approximately 100 meters away from Tsinghua’s Old School Gate. Among all the buildings, a domed gate facing the road towards the southeast is noticeable, with “Chengzhi School” engraved on the door lintel. This building became the predecessor of the Primary School and the High School attached to Tsinghua University. “Chengzhi School” was built in the autumn of 1915 by the Director for General Affairs Mr. Li Zhonghua and Mr. Wang Tieying, it used to be the school for the children of Tsinghua’s faculty. This week is the centennial anniversary of Tsinghua’s Elementary School and High School; therefore “Tsinghua Spotlight” specially is launching a thematic event to introduce the centennial journeys and developments of the two schools.  

During the glorious journey in the past centennial, Tsinghua University High School bred over 40,000 graduates. They exerted their expertise in various occupations and became talented pillars of the nation. From the ordinary beginning as Chengzhi School, today Tsinghua University High School is a top-ranking high school with over 200 teachers and multiple branch campuses. For a long time the school insisted in the concept of “our focus is education and the students are the center”, while being dedicated in building a system to integrate teaching, management, service and environment. By constantly strengthening quality education, the High School has provided a wide range for the development of the students’ characteristics, while clearly obeying the central mission of, “laying a foundation for the leaders of the future”.

Tsinghua University High School has always persisted on raising morals and cultivating the students. By establishing prime goals of moral education, it has installed a multistep thematic education, while forming “Growth, Responsibility and Pursuit”. Students in distinctive stages of growth were educated individually, which was underpinned by a sound moral education lesson system consisting of five themes—“habit formation”, “adolescent education”, “education of ambition”, “career planning” and “quality cultivation”. Other moral education activities such as CCP Party Courses, coming-of-age ceremonies, student festivals, off-campus field trip etc. helped the students and molded their values. All this helped the students converge and strengthen their recognition of their nation. Dozens of student organization were active in each corner, while creating a harmonious extracurricular space for boosting the characteristics and personalities of the students.

In order to create essential conditions and pave the way for cultivating talented and innovative people, Tsinghua University High School set up a complete system surrounded by comprehensive courses, leadership courses and student-created courses. This is a multi-layer, stereo and a hierarchical system. From September 2014, Tsinghua University High School opened advanced placement courses; allowing students to get in touch with knowledge they might learn in college and helping them gain a mode of thinking and training. This innovative reform helped cultivate top-notch talents. Meanwhile, by applying classes such as “Innovative Experiments”, “John Ma PE class”, “Liberal Arts”, “Maker Space” and such other training modes, the school has made many individual programs for students with varying potentials.

In order to develop the profession of teachers, Tsinghua University High School brought up a project to help the teachers turn into “research-based” faculty and pay key attention to the significance of subject based studies while offering specialized subjects. Meanwhile, the school proposed new teaching models, incorporating teaching methods such as discussion mode, interactive teaching, flips classrooms and MOOCs. These new trials reformed traditional teaching and approaches; they also changed a classroom to an interactive place and formed an atmosphere to “allow students to enjoy studying while learning to study properly”.

The mode of open teaching is one of the characteristics of Tsinghua University High School. By 2014, it cooperated with many famous high schools from the United States, Italy, England, Australia, Canada and Russia. What’s worth mentioning is that it also cooperated with Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and Asheville School, leading to a deeper cooperation in curricular building and cultivating innovative talents.

As a navigator of basic education, Tsinghua University High School has played radiation effects and carried out policy-balanced development. Up until July 2014, the Tsinghua High School has branched out to five different locations in Chaoyang, Shangdi, Yongfeng, Fengtai and Qinhan. Apart from helping schools in underdeveloped areas, students in Tsinghua University High School automatically organized commonwealth associations to help the students in need. In July 2013, the public welfare project “talents training plan for the ones in need” was officially launched. Every single year, 100 junior students from impoverished villages and counties get selected and then they accept constant cultivation for 5 years and continue to accomplish their dreams.

Basic education is a foundation project for cultivating talents. Tsinghua University High School undertakes social expectations and the responsibility of national education construction. The main aim and goal of the Communist Party and the Nation is for healthy growth and persistent improvement of the young generation. Insisting on the mission of “laying a foundation for leaders of the future”, Tsinghua University High School is dedicated to cultivating more innovative talents who can lead the development, boost social advancement and serve the needs of China.


    Tsinghua University High School


    Spotlight Group


    Anish Vincent Pandey


    Wang Yin


    Zhao Xin, Yin Xia, Zhang Geming, Zhang Zheng


    Wang Yin, Zhang Ying