Director’s Message

Dear All,

Michael Cyrus

Thank you for taking a moment to learn about Nansha College Preparatory Academy (NCPA).  All of us here on the NCPA team are proud of our school and the noteworthy accomplishments of our students.  NCPA offers a very unique opportunity for Chinese national students to experience an international education.  We believe that our school blends together the very best elements of China and North America in an innovative, educational setting.  Our staff of highly trained instructors teaches a U.S-accredited, English language-based curriculum to a talented, student body drawn from across China.

Our mission is to deliver a comprehensive education to our students that will empower them to achieve academic success here and in college.  The NCPA experience begins with a rigorous academic program where students are challenged and excited by what they learn. Learning is at the heart of everything we do at NCPA. Our philosophy of learning includes social, emotional, physical and character education as well. We believe this holistic approach to education is essential to the future success of your child.

One of the drivers of our students’ success has been NCPA’s groundbreaking English immersion program.  NCPA is a founding participant in the World Language Initiative (WLI), a program developed by one of our parent organizations, the International Schools Service of Princeton, New Jersey.  Accordingly, our school is very deliberate and intentional in the way we deliver instruction here.  We make a significant investment in staffing every department with EAL specialists who help plan and deliver lessons across the organization and we ensure that effective EAL teaching happens every day. NCPA’s attention to building literacy in English and leveraging students’ native Chinese is the key to unlocking content in our courses.

The quality of our program further derives from our faculty. Our teachers have been recruited from some of the very best schools from all over the world. They are experienced educators, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they teach, and absolutely committed to our students’ learning. Our teachers strive to develop close relationships with their students because understanding them is critical when supporting their learning. It also is important to our educational program that our students know our staff cares about their welfare and academic success.

This year, 2016, marks an auspicious moment for us!  In early June, we saw the culmination of all our teachers’ and students’ diligent work.  Our first group of high school seniors graduated from NCPA and every one of them earned multiple acceptances at prestigious universities in North America and Europe!  Moreover, we now have a full set of data on our graduates’ performance on the rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) exam battery. Almost 90% of our class of 2016 earned at least one passing score on the AP.  Based on data from the College Board, our performance is comparable to that of the highest ranked schools in California and better than those in Illinois and New York. Considering that most of these students came to NCPA as English language beginners, these achievements are remarkable!

I do hope you will consider NCPA as your student’s academic “home!”  Choosing a school for your youngster is a huge commitment; I am convinced that the more you learn about NCPA, the more you will come to agree that this is a special and rewarding place.  Please spend some time on our website; meet our students, alumni and parents.  As Director of the school I want to personally invite you to visit our campus!  I would be delighted for you to see our beautiful educational setting and to describe in person how our vibrant program can benefit your student.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Michael Cyrus