Thomas (International) Experimental School, the first international school in Jinan, has settled in Jinan Innovation Zone. Jinan Thomas (International) Experimental School is known to be co-founded by Jinan High-tech Holding Group and Shanghai Ambright Education Group. Its campus is located in Hanyujingu district of Jinan Innovation Zone. The school has a size of 3000 students, and has four divisions of preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school. Courses and faculty of the high school will be introduced from the renowned Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology of the United States; the preschool will introduce HighScope preschool courses from the United States; the elementary school and middle school will have cooperation with well-known secondary schools in Shandong province.
Construction of school facilities will be in the charge of Jinan High-tech Holding Group, and education and teaching will be implemented by Shanghai Ambright Education Group. Shanghai Ambright Education Group is leading in terms of education concept and international curriculum introduction in China. It has established long-term cooperative relations with Ameson Education & Cultural Exchange Foundation, Cambridge University, Stanford University and other institutions, providing a "very strong" teaching force. In order to meet the needs of foreign students, the international school will have a large proportion of foreign teachers. Moreover, the school plans to recruit teachers from the whole country.
Before this international school, most foreign students in Jinan had to receive compulsory education just as local students. Now with this international school, foreign students in Jinan can continue their curriculum in their own countries, and there are enough facilities like teaching force and courses. In addition, the first international school in Jinan will also admit children of residents of Jinan.
The school will start the enrollment for its high school in this September, though it is still under construction. In the next year, the school will start the enrollment for its preschool, elementary school and middle school. Before the completion of buildings of the international school, students enrolled will temporarily study at Ambright Education Group' partner schools in Jinan for a year. Students will return to the international school once the construction is completed. In addition, after completion of the international school, students of the middle school and high school can lodge at the school.