Curriculum Partnership Program

CNUlogo.png The Curriculum Partnership Program is a joint Chinese-American program between the Capital Normal University High School in Beijing, China, and Germantown Academy. There are currently 188 students in the program, 63 of them seniors.

The Curriculum Partnership Program prepares Chinese students for admission to Bachelor’s degree programs in English-speaking countries, with the majority of graduates thus far attending competitive colleges and universities in the United States. Each student receives a diploma from the Capital Normal University High School, centered on the study of their cultural heritage and those courses required to satisfy Chinese national educational requirements.

GA-seal color.Illus5.pngEach student also receives a certificate from Germantown Academy based on concurrent study of an Advanced Placement curriculum, with a strong emphasis on English language and literature. Students are required to take four courses taught in English per year, and must pass a minimum of four Advanced Placement courses during their three years in the program.

Established in 1914, Capital Normal University High School was affirmed in 2002 as one of the first model high schools in Beijing. In 2007, it was included as a member school of the Advanced Collective of National Education Systems. In 2008, the AP program at Capital Normal University High School was the first program established in Beijing government-sponsored high schools. Thus far, it has produced five graduating classes. The CPP is one of only 16 Chinese-Foreign cooperative education programs approved by the Beijing Government.

The GA college guidance and curriculum team travels to Beijing three times per year to counsel students and parents on every aspect of the college search and application process. Counselors keep in touch throughout the year by regularly scheduled Skype appointments and email. All students take the TOEFL and the majority of students take the SAT, SAT subject tests, and AP exams.

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The Germantown Academy staff (from left): Counselor Jennifer Hinson, Director Harvie Ruggles, and Assistant Director Michael O'Brien

Featured Faculty

Walter Aguilera-Valdes, English Teacher

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A lover of all things literature, Walter Aguilera-Valdes has embraced the opportunity to share his passion for reading and writing with students who study English as a second language. After completing an undergraduate program in Literature at Florida State University, Walter trained as a teacher and studied for a semester in Iquitos, Peru on his way to earning a Master’s degree in Second Language Education from FSU.

Fully equipped with the tools he needed as a teacher, Walter signed on for a year in Wuxi, China with the English First program, and now joins Capital Normal University High School in Beijing to teach literature to 11th Grade students preparing to apply to university in the United States.

“I am ecstatic to be here teaching what I love,” says Walter, “and feel not only lucky, but incredibly proud to be part of such a wonderful school and program.”

Walter can be seen here poring over The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, one of the texts he’ll teach his G11 students. Welcome to CNUHS, Walter, and best wishes for an excellent year!

The Art of Debate

CNUHS students reached the semifinals of the Beijing Regional Debate Tournament for the first time! Congratulations!  



The Curriculum Partnership Program aims to prepare students for life and college in North America through bilingual education, American immersion opportunities, and a dual curriculum designed and supervised by Germantown Academy faculty and administration. 

Capital Normal University High School

No. 33 Beiwa Road
Haidian District
Beijing, China 100048
Telephone: (+86) 010-6890-2903

CPP School Profile 2016-17


Jie Shen

Assistant Head of School & Program Director
Madeleine Ma

College Counseling Office

Harvie Ruggles

Assistant Director
Michael O’Brien

College Counselor
Jennifer Hinson


Did you know CNUHS students produce an English-language newsletter? Check out the link below for the January 2016 issue, which covers the Beijing pollution scare, American holidays, the New Year's Dance, and the new Star Wars movie!

Flashlight Volume 2, Edition 2

In February 2015, 17 sophomore students and their teacher visited GA from Capital Normal University High School in Beijing. While staying with host families for 10 days, the students got a taste of American culture and the higher education system.

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