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Junior Secondary

Challenging and supporting students as they find their place in the wider world

Opening in fall 2021, the Junior Secondary Program builds on the Primary Division and introduces students to a wide range of new experiences. The program is rooted in Chinese compulsory education, enhanced by the Avenues World Elements and taught through our research-based transformative learning experiences. The program is structured around three pillars:

Belonging and wellbeing: social-emotional, physical and mental health

Learning for the future: Avenues’ innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum

Preparing for a global world: international experiences and an emphasis on English


Preparing students to thrive around the world

As students move through the grades, the percentage of their day spent in English increases from 50% in grade 5 to 60% in grades 6 and 7 to 70% in grades 8 and 9. This ensures that those students who wish to pursue higher education overseas have the academic vocabulary to thrive wherever their studies take them, while maintaining the solid foundation in Mandarin that will allow them to flourish in China.


Personalized support and mentorship across the social and physical changes of adolescence

The deans at Avenues are full-time mentors whose sole responsibility is the social-emotional well- being and academic success of their students. Working closely with faculty and acting as a point of contact for parents, deans ensure that students are fully supported and appropriately challenged at school. In 6th grade, students are assigned a dean who will work with them through 9th grade.


An innovative program to build essential thinking skills through persistent practice

Based on the idea that the best way to cultivate lifelong skills is to spend deliberate time practicing with expert guidance, Avenues developed the High-Intensity Practice (HIP) program for students in the Secondary Division. In 20 minute bursts of creative and analytical freedom, students cultivate essential thinking skills—mental agility, empathy, creativity, and critical thinking— through persistent practice.


Life-changing international experiences developed and led by Avenues faculty

Immersion in another culture, language and society is the most direct way to cultivate global citizens who are at ease beyond their borders. Global Journeys programs are designed to push students beyond their comfort zones and develop the skills and perspectives necessary to understand and solve global-scale problems. Each program is structured around a particular topic or theme linked to the Avenues curriculum, helping students to make deep connections between their classroom learning and their experiences in the wider world. Previous programs have included studies of art history in Italy, climate change in New Zealand and astronomy in Hawaii.

The Fundamentals

The Junior Secondary program integrates Chinese compulsory education with Avenues’ innovative global curriculum, ensuring that students build deep foundational knowledge while developing empathy, creativity and robust problem-solving skills. The program’s components include:

  • An increasing focus on English as the language of instruction
  • Support and mentorship through the Deans Program
  • Literacy in English and Chinese
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • High Intensity Practice
  • Character Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • Wellness and Movement

The Avenues World Elements

How does Avenues equip its students to become future world-wise leaders? The Avenues World Elements table is our answer to that question. Designed by our research and development team, the Avenues World Elements is a global curricular system that defines the learning outcomes of Avenues students at all grade levels. In Shenzhen, the Avenues World Elements are integrated with Chinese compulsory education to yield a program that is global in scope and local in focus.

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