INTRODUCTION TO NAP

The North American Programme (NAP) offers two pathways for our students to study at university in Canada or the USA.  One leads to grade 12 in Columbia International College, a Canadian boarding school, followed by application to Canadian university; one leads into a foundation programme at Minnesota State University which provides entry into the university.

Advantages of NBHIS’ collaboration outside institutions – why do our NAP students do so well in college?

Learning in the NAP gives our students time to manage study in English to the point where they will be successful in college. The English is a controlled language acquisition through four different phases.  Each 6 months, after testing, students have the chance to progress to the next language phase when they are ready.

The inquiry mode of teaching other subjects is different from traditional Chinese schooling. Students need time to make the change and to begin to appreciate and enjoy instruction in English, and a learning style which focuses on skills. The learning challenges include written and spoken communication and building the confidence to manage grade 12 in a Canadian high school or a college foundation programme, depending upon which pathway they choose.

Our high school subjects include the Ontario curriculum and are partly taught by professors from CIC who come to NBHIS for several weeks each year for expert tuition. Our broad curriculum including art, music and PE is designed to foster good habits and lifelong learning in our students who will go into their adult life with an awareness of health and an appreciation of arts culture. We prepare our students to grow into healthy, cultured adults.

Beginning their path to foreign university while boarding at NBHIS and having the support of family ensures a smooth transition to their next phase of learning. Individuals take different amounts of time to acquire and successfully use a new language, and our teachers are skilled in aiding their process. Our students become familiar with the foreign curricula alongside deepening their Chinese cultural and linguistic abilities. They are ready to travel overseas knowing who they are and being sure and clear about their future pathway and goals.

NBHIS’ Co-Curricular Activities
The whole of the international school offers Co-Curricular Activities after school each day, Mon-Fri. These activities run according to student interest and include sporting, artistic and service experiences. We encourage our students to do two activities each week to help them discover interests and activities they will keep for life. This rounds out their experience with hobbies and pastimes which bring release from stress and tension, and which help focus on academics.

Summer camps
Successive years of NBHIS students enjoyed summer camp in CIC. Hiking, outdoor camping and canoeing on pristine Canadian lakes is an amazing experience. Students form friendships, which last them through high school and college. They understand by seeing that Canada is a beautiful country with much to offer them, and they meet and begin to know the CIC staff who will look after them when they move to CIC to complete high school.

Leadership camps
NAP leadership camps are an excellent way for students to develop outside of the classroom and reach new heights.  Students are presented with well managed risks and encouraged to push past their comfort zone. The programme uses an experiential methodology, and students are supported to think through and reflect on the learning process. The leadership camp has three goals. 

  1. To develop students as confident individuals with physical competence and mental strength. Emphasis is also placed on developing a strong self image and identity. 
  2. To develop as life-long learners; being creative and resourceful to solve problems using their intuition and initiative.
  3. To strive towards being responsible global citizens; understanding the needs of others and showing compassion for themselves, others and the environment.

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Special Events
Students in the NAP programme participate in many special events designed to develop and enrich their cultural experiences in both Chinese and Western cultures.  Special events occur throughout the school year and are an invaluable part of the students learning.  Some examples of special events celebrated at NBHIS are: United Nations Day, Halloween, Chinese National Day, Diwali, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Tomb Sweeping Holiday, Dragon Boat Festival.

A variety of other special events also feature throughout the year such as poetry contests, Model United Nations, Arts Week, NBHIS’ Got talent and much more.

Excursions
NAP students participate in one outside excursion during each of the spring and autumn semesters.  These excursions help to deepen understanding and learning in an authentic context as well as strengthen social ties and friendships amongst students.    Students travel to a variety of locations within Zhejiang province.

Entry Requirements for the North American Programme
Students who graduate from junior middle schools with good results, who have reasonable English and a strong motivation to learn, and who have identified that they would like to study in a foreign university, should apply. Successful NAP students are those who manage the transition from being one of a large group learning together, to taking responsibility for their own learning and setting their own goals and accepting successes and challenges in a positive spirit.

OUR ACADEMICS – Canadian Programme
NBHIS’ collaboration with Columbia International College (CIC), the largest high school boarding facility in Canada, begins with a summer camp experience in Canada, where students discover what life in CIC will offer them and begin to imagine themselves in a Canadian university. This pathway offers our students the opportunity to complete the last year of high school at CIC in Ontario, Canada, and support with applications to all Canadian universities, or to any university in the world. 

NAP/CIC offers students:

  • three-year study at NBHIS – including the Ontario curriculum and the Chinese National Curriculum to ensure cultural identity
  • one year at a Canadian high school (CIC) to graduate with a Canadian high school diploma
  • application to Canadian and other English instruction universities with the support of CIC

 

How the curriculum works

In grades 9 -11at NBHIS students have intensive phased language help and support in order for them to successfully study in English. The programme is a carefully sequenced series of subjects, including offerings from Ontario, Canada and from Chinese arts and culture. The subjects are:

English, Chinese, Mathematics, Scienc, Economics, World Studies, Art ,Music Appreciation ,IT ,PE               

Students earn 30 high school credits to gain a high school diploma from Canada, which is accredited all over North America. They begin their credits in the last two years at NBHIS, and finish them in their final year at CIC in Canada.

Year 9 NBHIS

Year 10 NBHIS

Year 11 NBHIS

Year 12 CIC (Canada)

Foundation English

Mathematics

Science

Chinese

Art

PE

English Phase 1-3

Mathematics

Economics

World Studies

Chinese

Science

Art

PE

 

English Phase 2-4

Mathematics

Economics

World Studies

Chinese

Science

Art

PE

Courses at Columbia International College (CIC)

 

 

All NAP students study together to strengthen their written and spoken English, to introduce social studies, science and economic courses and to foster an appreciation of art, music and an awareness for the benefits of fitness and health. All subject classes are taught in English. The English language courses are taught in carefully managed phases which promote maximum progress with attainable goals.

OUR ACADEMICS – USA Programme

NBHIS’ collaboration with the University of Minnesota Duluth

NAP students take pre-university courses directly to prepare them for the English as a Second Language International (ESLI) program at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the USA. The ESLI program is for high achieving students who want a swift, direct path to study in the USA and who like to be challenged.

NAP/UMD offers students:

  • three-year study at NBHIS – including the Ontario curriculum and the Chinese National Curriculum to ensure cultural identity
  • Entrance into the ESLI programme to prepare for the academic rigor of American university
  • Guaranteed acceptance to the University of Minnesota upon completion of the ESLI programme

How the curriculum works

In grades 9 -12 at NBHIS students have intensive phased language help and support in order for them to successfully study in English. The programme is a carefully sequenced series of subjects, including offerings from Ontario, Canada and from Chinese arts and culture. The subjects are:

 

English       Chinese      Mathematics                    Science      Economics              World Studies                      Art                Music Appreciation      IT                 PE               

Students earn 30 high school credits to gain acceptance into the ESLI programme at the University of Minnesota. They begin their credits in the last two years at NBHIS, and finish them in their final year at UMD in the United States.

Year 9 NBHIS

Year 10 NBHIS

Year 11 NBHIS

Year 12 NBHIS

Foundation English

Mathematics

Science

Chinese

Art

PE

English Phase 1-3

Mathematics

Economics

World Studies

Chinese

Science

Art

PE

 

English Phase 2-4

Mathematics

Economics

World Studies

Chinese

Science

Art

PE

Courses at University of Minnesota (UMD)

 

All NAP students study together to strengthen their written and spoken English, to introduce social studies, science and economic courses and to foster an appreciation of art, music and an awareness for the benefits of fitness and health. All subject classes are taught in English. The English language courses are taught in carefully managed phases which promote maximum progress with attainable goals.

NAP/CIC SHORT DESCRIPTION

Columbia International College of Canada
Largest private college-preparatory boarding school in Canada
Total Care Education System
100% of Columbia graduates are accepted to universities
Millions of dollars in scholarships awarded

NAP/CIC LONGER DESCRIPTION

NBHIS’ collaboration with Columbia International College (CIC), the largest high school boarding facility in Canada, begins with a summer camp experience in Canada, where students discover what life in CIC will offer them and begin to imagine themselves in a Canadian university. This pathway offers our students the opportunity to complete the last year of high school at CIC in Ontario, Canada, and support with applications to all Canadian universities, or to any university in the world. 

NAP/CIC offers students:

  • three-year study at NBHIS – including the Ontario curriculum and the Chinese National Curriculum to ensure cultural identity
  • one year at a Canadian high school (CIC) to graduate with a Canadian high school diploma
  • application to Canadian and other English instruction universities with the support of CIC

Past Students’ Successes

Previous NAP students have graduated from CIC and been accepted into Toronto, Waterloo, Queens, York, and West Ontario universities in Canada, and have completed bachelors’ degrees well prepared for their futures. They report to us that they believe their start in our North American Programme, and their year in CIC, was the correct preparation for university learning and community activities, where they have made lifelong friends and connections.

CIC entrance requires an IELTS of 5.5. This is the clear goal for students entering our NAP/CIC programme to achieve in two years.  Students who have no IELTS Scores can access to CIC, but they will take SLEP tests for their placement test.

Columbia International College Facts

  • As the largest private junior, senior, and college-prep boarding school in Canada, CIC offers 1800 students from more than 70 countries a unique experience of living and learning in an environment conducive to them reaching their highest academic and social potential.
  • CIC uses the ASEP-Total Care Education System, created to meet the individual, academic, social, emotional and physical needs of high school students who live and study away from home.
  • 100% of CIC graduates attend colleges in Canada and around the world. More than a dozen of these have collaborations with CIC offering special awards and guaranteeing admission to CIC graduates. Their future is clear.
  • More than 80% earn scholarships and some attend very prestigious institutions around the world.

 

NAP/UMD SHORT DESCRIPTION

University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus

Leading State University in the USA.

ESLI programme supports students to improve their English

Guaranteed enrolment into UMD

$8,500,000 USD awarded in scholarships

NAP/UMD LONGER DESCRIPTION

University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus

  • UMD was founded in 1851 and is one of the leading state Universities in the USA.
  • ESLI programme supports students to improve their English and transition to an American university institution.
  • Guaranteed enrolment into the University through the ESLI programme.
  • $8,500,000 USD in institutional scholarships awarded to UMD students each year.

 

NBHIS’ collaboration with the University of Minnesota Duluth
NAP students take pre-university courses directly to prepare them for the English as a Second Language International (ESLI) program at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the USA. The ESLI program is for high achieving students who want a swift, direct path to study in the USA and who like to be challenged.

The University of Minnesota was founded in 1851, and is one of the leading State Universities in the USA.  The university is located in Duluth, Minnesota. It has high quality requirements, personalized education, competitive scholarships and financial aid. The university confers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

NBHIS collaboration with the University of Minnesota Duluth
NAP students study at NBHIS for two years. They then move into the ESLI program at Minnesota University Duluth campus. The ESLI program offers an integrated campus experience with on campus classrooms, housing, and meal plans, access to university student clubs, activities amenities and facilities.  It specializes in preparing students to succeed for studies in an English program. Instruction focuses on four critical areas; reading, speaking and listening, grammar and writing. It is a skills-based program giving students what they will need to succeed, including advanced critical thinking, research and presentation and note-taking skills.  The ESLI program can be completed in as little as one term (6 months) and up to a maximum of two terms (12 months).

ESLI students can apply to universities with no TOEFL, IELTS or SAT/ACT exams.  They can apply for early scholarships, with possible savings up to 70% of the degree.

75% of ESLI students matriculate to their degree program and ESLI graduates are 85% more likely to earn a 3.0 GPA in their first year of studies.