Introduction to Nanjing Foreign Language School


    Nanjing Foreign Language School (NFLS) is one of the seven oldest foreign language schools established under the direct guidance ofPremier Zhou Enlai. During the last fifty years since its establishment, NFLShas been following the core educational principles of humanism; striving to follow the scientific laws of education and teaching; actively carrying out all-around quality education; stressing the cultivation of students' subject consciousness and core literacy of self-development;respecting the personal characteristics and interests of students and endeavoring to explore the inherent potential of students. NFLS continues to improve its quality of education and has made remarkable achievements.On the basis of emphasizing diligence, seeking truth, and building professionalism and erudition, NFLSfully respects the personal development of studentsandbuilds a democratic, relaxed, harmonious and progressive atmosphere of education and teaching.

    With the rapid progress of globalization and the rapid development of education internationalization in the 21st century, Nanjing Foreign Language Schoolcontinues to adhere to the idea of whole person education in order to keep abreast of the times.Therefore, NFLS strives to cultivate a global vision with a Chinese soul and further advance the holistic curriculum idea of blending Chinese and Western culture, mastering arts and science around this goal.It constructs a four carriages course system that takes the national compulsory courses, the local compulsory courses, the school-based elective course and the school-based activity courses, which strives to provide the most extensive platform and curriculum resources for the development of students' thinking, ability and quality,and comprehensively improve the moral, humanistic and modern scientific literacy that students must have in the new era.

    After half a century of unremitting exploration, Nanjing Foreign Language Schoolhas developed into amodern internationalschool with distinctive characteristics and outstanding advantages.It has cultivated troves of interdisciplinary talents who not only specialize in foreign languages, but also have a good knowledge of arts and science. 

    Nanjing Foreign Language Schooloffers four language courses in total: English, German, French and Japanese. It now consists of a junior middle school, a high school, and an international center. Currently, there are 85 classes and 3739 students.NFLS has a distinctive feature of foreign language teaching, which provides a solid foundation for students to blend Chinese and Westerncultures.Furthermore, the high quality of teachers, small class teaching model, diverse curriculum and frequent opportunities of foreign exchange also provide students with highly favorable conditions for foreign language learning.Against the background of globalization, widening cultural horizonsis necessary for high-level talents.NFLS’s prominent advantages in teaching arts and sciences set a well-rounded foundation for students to master arts and science.Each year, many students of NFLS stand out in various liberal arts competitions and science competitions, both at home and abroad.In International Science Olympiads, the students of our school have won 8 gold medals. They are Xu Kaiwen (International Physics Olympiad in 1996), Zhu Zeyuan (International Olympiad in Informatics in 2005 and 2006), Jiang Xiqian (International Chemistry Olympiad in 2008), Mao Jieming (International Olympiad in Informatics in 2009), Gu Qiao (International Physics Olympiad in 2012), Qiao Mingda and Xu Haoran (International Physics Olympiad in 2013).Over the past three years, hundreds of students from NFLS have received first prize in international, national and provincial competitions in theinformatics, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology disciplines.In various foreign languages, liberal arts, speech and talent competitions above the provincial levels, students from NFLS also have received many notable prizes.In addition to the rich resource of school-based curriculum, NFLS has a varied and colorful school culture.For instance, activities such as the virtue wall, virtue card, virtue notebook, and volunteer activities to help people with disabilities exert a subtle influence on cultivating students' morality;the Foreign Language Festival, the Arts Festival, the Reading Festival, Science Week, the Sports Festival, the Students Union, Spring walking tour, the May Fourth Debates, and the Etiquette Star offer students a broad stage to practice their abilities, express their personalities, and show their talents.The lively school culture of NFLS nurtures the students’ spirit of independence, self-confidence and self-improvement.

    Since 2002, Nanjing Foreign Language School has opened British Columbia Academy (BCA), Cambridge International A-Level Program and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), which are highly valuedby students and their parents.Now, every year, a large number of outstanding students from NFLS are admitted to universities in China and around the world. Today you can never fail to find the graduates of NFLS studying diligently, whether in Chinese top universities such as Tsinghua University, Peking University, Nanjing University, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Science and Technology of China, Wuhan University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Shanghai International Studies University, etc., or in world-famousuniversities such as Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science), University of Toronto, Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies), ?cole Polytechnique, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Waseda University, to name a few.

    Nanjing Foreign Language School has frequent international exchange activities.International opportunitybrings vitality to the development of NFLS, resulting in a splendid multi-cultural atmosphere on the campus. NFLS has established sister-school relationships with more than 40 secondary schools in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Demark, Netherlands, facilitating frequent international exchange activities between NFLS and foreign schools.

    Nanjing Foreign Language Schoolhas a highly competitive faculty.Currently, it has 10 Senior Teachers at Professor Level, 15 Special Grade Teachers, and 3 Renowned Teachers of Nanjing. Furthermore, among the core teachers of NFLS, 32 of them have beenawarded the honorable title of Academic Leader either at provincial level or city level, and 55 of them won the title of Outstanding Young Teacher of Nanjing. Furthermore, NFLS also has more than 50 foreign teachers.In short, NFLS has advanced educational philosophy and excellent teaching quality. Students are treated with love, equality and democratic attitudes.The staffis not only interestedin the students’educational performance,but also their emotional well-being.

    Students from Nanjing Foreign Language Schoolhave high starting points, broad horizons, strong subject consciousness, and self-improvement abilities. They are active and ambitious, and they never stop pursuing excellence. 

    So far, Nanjing Foreign Language School has educated about 200 outstanding diplomats for China, 10 of whom act as Ambassadors, 40 of whom act as counselors, business officers and military officers to other countries, and more than 40 of whom worked or are currently working for former Chairmen Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and current Chairman Xi Jinping. There are also five generals among the alumni of NFLS. Furthermore, many more graduates of NFLS hold prominentpositions in the fields of finance, business, science, education, economy and culture. They are becoming the leadersthat China demands.

    The road ahead is long but we will never rest.

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