Beijing, China – On a sunny afternoon in late May, fifty-nine students graduated from the Curriculum Partnership Program at Capital Normal University High School, each of them giddy with the knowledge that they would be attending a university abroad in the fall. Come August, these international students will be stepping onto campus at a wide range of colleges and universities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The success of these students is even more impressive considering they have been studying both Chinese and American curriculum for the past three years.
The Curriculum Partnership Program (CPP) is a joint Chinese-American effort between the Capital Normal University High School in Beijing, China, and Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. A team of three college counselors, comprised of Director Harvie Ruggles, Assistant Director Jennifer Bamigboye, and Counselor Christina Baumann, travels to Beijing several times a year to counsel students and parents on every aspect of the college search and application process. The CPP team administers an American curriculum with a strong emphasis on English language and literature to prepare Chinese students for admission to Bachelor's degree programs in English-speaking countries. The Class of 2019 is the fifth graduating class for this program.
Germantown Academy Head of School Rich Schellhas flew to Beijing to attend this year's graduation ceremony. He said of the experience: "As always, it was an honor to be included in the graduation festivities for the Curriculum Partnership Program, and it was touching to see how emotional the students were as they departed a school and teachers they so clearly love. There is no doubt that Capital Normal University High School has built an outstanding program that prepares students academically and connects them to each other and to the adults around them in meaningful ways. They've been inspired by the GA model, and we are fortunate to be part of it."