Dongdu Experimental School，founded in September 2011, is located on Jiyang East Road, Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, China. It is a public school on a nine-year implementation system, directly under the Education Bureau. This school covers an area of 46,600 square meters (11.5 acres) and 22,000 square meters of structural facilities. This includes buildings such as: the information center, the gymnasium and lecture hall. There are 35 classes in our school, including 20 classes in primary school department and 15 classes in junior school department. 1513 students and 110 staff are enrolled in the school.
【Dongdu’s core values】
Dongdu Experimental School is special, not only because of the elegant building style originating from south of Changjiang River, but also its accordance with the Dongdu spirit. Dongdu Experimental School regards, “Fortitude, Tolerance, Cooperation” as school motto. Our schools’ educational philosophy is “Nine years achieves the future”, which has formed the special school spirit, “Grace, Elegance, Perseverance, Achievement.”
Through various kinds of activities, Dongdu Experimental School has formed its own moral style of education. It has also organized two students’ communities: the Hoisting Sail Community and Liudu Children’s Palace Community. Adopting the idea of the revolution of curriculum, our school has been developing a special program of vocal music and fully practicing the study of bilingual education. These two programs have been developed in order to improve the quality of education and opportunities given to our students.
Bilingual education in our school, which started in September 2013, has attracted a lot of attention. The project is leaded by Professor Gong haiping, Chinese well-known education specialist. Zhang zhiyuan, reasearcher of Education and Research Institute, and Wang binhua, professor of East China Normal University are the consultants of our bilingual education project.
Bilingual teachers in our school all earned bachelor degree or above. The school employs full-time foreign teachers. We now have three foreign teachers that are from the UK and the USA.
The project has come into effect. Grade 1 and Grade 2 students get bilingual education and what it has achieved has been reported by a lot of media, including China Education Daily and Zhangjiagang Daily, and is featured on the Jiangsu Education Information website.
Dongdu Experimental School has achieved many awards within two years. Among them are “The Energy Conservation Unit of Suzhou” , “Advanced School in Practicing of Ethos”, “Moral Construction Advanced School of Zhangjiagang” and “Moral Construction Advanced and Demonstrated School of Zhangjiagang”.
Following the trail of the educational regulations, it focuses on students’ creativity, humanitarianism and makes them culturally well rounded. It also makes efforts to create an environment in which both the staff and students are of primary importance. Our school has sponsored teacher exchange programs and training sessions in order to improve the staff’s professional skills and living qualities.