Affiliated High School of South China Normal University

Affiliated High School of South China Normal University


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Introduction to Affiliated High School of South China Normal University

The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University or SCNU (华南师范大学附属中学, website), abbreviated as Huafu in Chinese, is among the first schools designated as a “State-Level Model High School”, the only one of its kind that is co-managed by the Ministry of Education of Guangdong Province and South China Normal University. With Guangdong Olympiad School (supervised by Guangdong Education Department) as a constituent part, Huafu is also honored with the title of “Head of the Red Army School in South China”.

Huafu has inherited a rich historical heritage stretching back to 1888, when its predecessor, Guangzhou Gezhi Academy, was founded, which was later expanded and merged. In 1904, it was renamed as Lingnan School and again in 1914 as Lingna University, with the High School attached to it. The year 1952 saw the founding of the new Affiliated High School of South China Normal University by amalgamating four schools, The Affiliated High School of Lingnan University, The Affiliated High School of Sun Yat-sen University, The Affiliated High School of Kwangtung College of Arts and Sciences, and The Affiliated High School of South China Union University.

The motto of the school is “Advancing in virtue and refining the deeds; investigating things and extending knowledge”, and the mission is “to turn out high quality graduates through a holistic modern educational system” and “to turn out hard-working learners for the national rejuvenation in the new era”. After generations of hard work as a leading institute in secondary education reform, Huafu has its shared value in place, which is “dare to pioneer, aim for excellence and strive for the best”. In the 1950s, the school was regarded as “a beacon of excellence in Lingnan secondary education” for advocating “The Inductive Teaching Approach”. In the early 1980s, the school took the initiative to organize extra-curriculum activities and differentiated isntruction, and became a benchmarking school in secondary education in Guangdong, even throughout China. Ever since the beginning of this century, the diversification characterization of training models with distinguishing features have sustained its stand in the forefront of Chinese education reform.

Huafu has nurtured and produced a great number of talented people renowned in and out of China, among whom are Chen Shaibai, the democratic revolutionist; Lin yimin, a democratic revolution martyr; Xian Xinghai, the people’s musician; Gao Jianfu, the founder of the Lingnan School of Chinese art; Liao Chengzhi, a proletarian revolutionist; Tan Tiandu, a revolutionary pioneer; Zeng Sheng, commander of the “Dong Jiang troop”; Huang Yaoxiang, agronomist and academician of CAS; Deng Ximing, physicist and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); Cai Ruixian, physicist and academician of CAS; Fan Haifu, chemist and and academician of CAS; Ceng Kefa, phycist and academician of CAS; Jiang Boju, mathematician and academician of CAS; Zhong Nanshan, medical scientist and and academician of CAS; and master sportspersons such as Chen Jingkai and Feng Shanshan.

Because of its outstanding achievements, Affiliated High School of South China Normal University has been inspected by party and state leaders in different times, including Jiang Zemin, Li Lanqing, Wen Jiabao. In 2017, General Secretary Xi Jinping wrote an inscription for the Red Army School, which reads “Holding up the sun of tomorrow”.

The school boasts an impressive number of faculty members with high qualifications. There are currently 311 faculty members, including 233 full-time teachers, 108 of whom (47.6%) with a master’s degree and 3 with a doctoral degree. There are 112 senior teachers, 5 top-ranked “master teachers” and 3 with Senior Professional title. Twelve teachers have acquired the title of “National Model Teacher,” “Outstanding Teacher” or “National Educator”, and one has the title of “National Master Artist”. Thirty-five teachers are named “Nanyue Distinguished Teacher,” “Nanyue Outstanding teacher,” or have received the “National Labor Medal.” Four have acquired the title of “Outstanding Teacher” in Guangzhou, and twelve have got the training opportunity to participate in the “Hundred, Thousand, and Ten Thousand” Project in the Guangdong General Education System. Ten teachers have set up their “Guangdong Master Teacher’s Workshops”, and one has her “Guangdong Head Teacher’s Workshop”.

Teaching research is bringing in fruitful achievements, with two National Innovation Excellence Awards, one Second Prize National Teaching Achievement Awards for Basic Education, three First Prizes and one Second Prize Teaching Achievement Awards for Guangdong Basic Education, four First Prizes and four Second Prizes Teaching Research Achievement Awards for Guangdong General Education, six Provincial Educational Research Achievement Awards (Huanghua Award), nine Guangdong Primary and Secondary School Innovation Awards by Guangdong Education Promotion Association.

The school today is a diverse, collectivized education group, comprised of the Main Campus at No. 1, Zhongshan West Road in Tianhe District, Guangzhou, the Junior Secondary Sector at No. 91 Wushan Road, and four branch schools, including Panyu School in Panyu District, Guangzhou; Linnan New World School in Baiyun District, Guangzhou; Nanhai Experimental High school in Nanhai District, Foshan City; and Shanwei School on Tonghang Road, Shanwei City.

In the university entrance exam, Huafu has topped the winners-list by producing the most top-scorers among Guangdong schools ever since the reform and opening-up, being the only school in Guangdong with more than 90% of its graduates scoring higher above the minimum requirements of key universities for 19 consecutive years from 2001 to 2019. Every year more than thirty graduates get admitted into Tsinghua University or Peking University and more than 60% of its graduates go to universities on the country’s “Double First-Class” initiative list (world-class universities and first-class disciplines).

Affiliated High School of South China Normal University is a leading player in the International Olympiad competitions, with 15 gold medals, one silver and one bronze for mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and information technology since 1994 (ranking the sixth in all the schools across the country and first in Guangdong Province). In addition, the school is also holder of 18 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 3 bronze medals for astronomy and astrophysics in International Olympiad, geography in International Olympiad, physics in Asian Olympiad and mathematics in the National Olympiad in Russia.

Huafu has made remarkable advancements in science and technology innovation competitions, and is granted the honorable title of “Top Ten School in National Science and Technology Innovation”. The school is also on the list of the First Pilot Schools for National Secondary School Talents Program. In the past five years, the school has won one bronze medal for the Intel Talent Award, two silver medals and two bronze medals for the Paris World Exposition. Moreover, the school is four times first prize winner, one time second prize winner and three times third prize winner in The China Adolescents Science & Technology Innovation Contest. In The Little Scientist in the Future Competition, the school has one second prize winner and two third prize winners. In the global finals of Shing-Tung Yau High School Science Award competitions, the school has two first golds, five bronzes and fifteen winning prize winners. In China Thins Big (CTB), the school has two first-prize winners, one second-prize winner and one third-prize winner.

Huafu is the “National School of Track and Field as Traditional Sport”, “Guangdong School of Track and Field, Swimming and Football as Traditional Sports”. Education in sports and arts is well represented on the sports fields and in various competitions. Since 2008, Huafu Swimming Team has four times taken part in World Schools Swimming Championships representing China and has achieved six third places in different competitions, and has won 23 golds, 27 silvers and 21 bronzes in the National High School Swimming Championships. In the National High School Track and Field Championships, 6 golds, 6 silvers and 7 bronzes have been collected. The school football team won the third place in the 2017 National Sports Meet, the first place for the High School Group in the 2017 Guangdong Football “Governor’s Cup”, the first place in the National Youth School Football League finals and the first and second place in 2018 and 2019 respectively in the secondary school football invitational tournament during the first and second Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Student Sports Festival. The school aerobics team won three grand prizes in national competitions. The School Choir won the first prize in the 2017 Guangzhou Chorus Competition and the fourth place in the 2018 Art Show by Guangdong Primary and Middle School Students. In 2019, the Choir was selected to perform during the Sixth National Middle School Students Art Show representing Guangdong Province. Their impromptu flash mob performance, given on their journey in Wuxi International Airport while waiting for their delayed fight, caused a sensation and was spoken highly of by media all over the country, including CCTV and People’s Daily.

The curriculum and rich culture of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University provides nourishments for the growth of the students. Social immersion programs in the countryside encourage students to serve the country, and the volunteer activities make good platforms for service learning projects. More than one hundred school-based courses in science, arts, sports, social activities, career development, and international education, help explore the academic interests and maximize the potential of individual student. A great range of festivals, including festivals of sports, arts, communities, science, technology & culture, English language and psychology, provide excellent opportunities for a show of the students’ talents and interests.

Outstanding achievements in international education are well recognized. Huafu International Department (HFI) offers the International Foundation Year (IFY) program, accredited by the Northern Consortium (NCUK), allowing matriculation to British and Australian universities, and an Advanced Placement program, allowing students to matriculate to tertiary education in the United States. 90% students in AP program are admitted to the TOP 50 universities in the US, more than 60% to the TOP 30 universities and colleges in the United States, Canada or Hong Kong, China, about 20% to the TOP 20 universities and colleges in the United States.


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