Middleton International Division
More affordable international education
Given the choice, most expats would want their children to receive an international-style education from one of Suzhou’s three international schools. However, such an education has, up until now been out of reach of many expats, especially those on local or half-pat contracts who have to pay for schooling themselves. If you are in this group, I have some really great news.
The EtonHouse Group has recognized the gap in the local market for a more affordable international education and is introducing its successful, lower-cost international school brand from Singapore, called Middleton International, into Suzhou. This division will be run alongside and complement our premium EtonHouse IB division. Middleton is also a full international programme, taught in English, exclusively for foreign passport holders, but with fees less than HALF of the Suzhou average.
Middleton International School – Tampines campus in Singapore has grown from 50 to 800 students in just 3 years!
Middleton primary school fees: 87,000rmb per year (Suzhou average 2021/22: 191,900rmb)
Please note that EtonHouse International School Suzhou is currently just offering the Middleton International Division for Year 1 and Year 2 students (5-6 years old). Year 3 will be introduced in September 2022.
HOW CAN WE AFFORD TO KEEP MIDDLETON FEES SO LOW, WITHOUT COMPROMISING ON QUALITY?
- One fully qualified expat homeroom teacher between two classes.
EtonHouse IB programme: fully qualified foreign teachers for every class (excluding Mandarin).
The main Homeroom teachers will be fully qualified, local teachers with excellent English. They will be supported by one fully qualified foreign teacher for every two classes (0.5 foreign teachers per class).
- Larger class sizes. Maximum of 28 students in each class.
Class sizes will be larger than traditional international schools but they will be capped at 28 children. Maximum class sizes for primary school in the UK are 30.
EtonHouse IB programme: maximum class size 18-20 (current average class size: 10)
- Access to specialist teachers & facilities.
Middleton students will have access to our specialist Music and PE staff and facilities, though for fewer periods per week. Some extra access (for example for additional swimming classes) would be charged.
WHAT MAKES MIDDLETON DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL PROGRAMMES?
Middleton: ITL > IPC
EtonHouse IB programme: IB Continuum school. PYP > MYP > DP
The Middleton curriculum is academically rigorous and internationally focused. Along with the high standards of the Singapore Ministry of Education curriculum for Mathematics, it is built around the units of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which dovetails with the Key Stages UK Curriculum for English, Science and Humanities. The IPC is used by over 1,800 international and national schools in more than 90 countries. The IPC provides a comprehensive, inquiry-based curriculum with specific learning goals for each subject, designed to build international-mindedness and fully engage students in their learning. In Year 1, the curriculum is based around EtonHouse’s own Reggio-inspired Inquire – Think – Learn programme.
In later years (some way down the line yet!), the Middleton curriculum focus switches to the International Middle Years Programme, then to Cambridge IGCSE and A-Level.
International education with Asian characteristics
- Singapore Maths
Singapore is routinely ranked at or near the top in global comparisons of mathematical ability and boasts one of the most admired education systems in the world. Middleton will be teaching Singapore Maths for Years 1 through 6.
Based on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s primary mathematics curriculum, this approach was originally developed to teach students to learn and master fewer mathematical concepts at greater detail, as well as having them learn these concepts using a three-stage learning process: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. Mrs Ng, the Singaporean founder of the EtonHouse Group, has seen at first-hand how effective this teaching method can be, and is keen to see it making a similar impact in China in the Middleton Division.
- East meets West well-being course
Interweaving the best of East and West, and focused squarely on student happiness, wellbeing and character development, our well-being course blends aspects of moral education with western approaches to social and emotional learning, in addition to philosophy. This innovative course is unique to our Middleton International Division.
WHAT MAKES MIDDLETON DIFFERENT FROM BI-LINGUAL/ FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOLS?
- Only open to foreign passport holders.
- English language programme. The whole curriculum will be taught in English, with only language classes being delivered in mandarin (once per day). Maths, PE and Music will be taught in English, by subject specialists.
- International curriculum. There are no governmental requirements to follow any aspect of the Chinese national curriculum or partake in any of the more ceremonial aspects of that.
- School day. Homeroom begins at 8:20 am, with the first class starting at 8:45 am. The school day ends at 3:15 pm, with optional after-school activities on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, ending at 4:10 pm. There will be homework, but at realistic levels that do not place pressure on children’s wellbeing.
- The inquiry-based teaching style –mirroring that in the IB Division – places the student at the centre of learning, and is a far cry from rote learning and drilling.
FIND OUT MORE
We will be running a series of on-site open days to introduce both our IB & Middleton programmes in more detail. Contact one of our team for more details.
Tel: +86 051268255666 ext. 810, 814, 822
No, it is not. Like the other divisions of EtonHouse International School Suzhou, we can only accept foreign passport holders.
2. What are the tuition fees?
The tuition fees for both Year 1 and Year 2 are RMB 87,000 per year. Meals, uniforms, bus services, ECAs by external providers and excursions are at extra cost if applicable.
3. What is your Middleton school calendar schedule?
We operate a two-semester year, with the semesters being slightly different lengths. For the 2021/22 year, Semester 1 begins on 16th August and ends 17th December (82 days), while Semester 2 begins on 10th January and ends 17th June (98 days).
4. What year levels are open for enrollment?
We are opening Year 1 and 2 classes in August 2021 and will be adding new year levels progressively.
5. What is the age level placement?
born between 1st September 2015 to 31st August 2016
born between 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2015
6. What is the class size for each grade level?
The maximum class size in both Year 1 and Year 2 is 28 students.
7. How many classes are there for each level?
We are planning for a maximum of two classes per year level in 2021/22.
8. What are the regular school hours?
Homeroom begins at 8:20 am, with the first class starting at 8:45 am. The school day ends at 3:15 pm, with optional after-school activities on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, ending at 4:10 pm.
9. How many teachers are there in each class?
Our Year 1 and Year 2 classes will each have a (local) Homeroom teacher, with a foreign English teacher that is shared between two classes. and a shared Math specialist.
10. Do you have separate teachers for some of the lessons?
We have a Singapore Math specialist dedicated to teaching the Middleton classes only. Students will also have access to our PE and Music specialists from the IB division.
11. What are the backgrounds of your educators?
All our teaching staff are qualified teachers with at least two years of full-time teaching experience, many with overseas teaching backgrounds and experience. The wider school employs staff from more than 15 different countries.
12. Does the school offer Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA)?
Yes, we offer ECAs on three afternoons a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These will be at no additional fees if our school staff conducts it. However, there will be extra charges if it is by an external provider.
13. My child has no/ minimal English background. Do you provide any support for the English Language?
The English teacher will assess your child’s English proficiency level during the first few weeks of school. If we identify your child to be below the required English proficiency level, he/she will be required to undertake English Additional Language (EAL) Programme, which comes at an additional cost. The duration that your child is required to undertake the EAL Programme is dependent on his/her learning pace and ability.
14. Does the school provide school meals?
Meals are provided by Sodexo, one of the most well-known and reputable school caterers in China. Meals are charged separately.
15. Does the school offer any additional language?
Yes, we offer Mandarin as an additional language.
16. Is there any entrance assessment?
Candidates will sit for an English test but as a benchmarking exercise rather than an entry test per se.
17. Does the school provide school bus service?
Yes, we provide school bus service serving various areas in SND and SIP at an additional cost.