Maple Leaf News

Future Teacher Training Agreement with University of South Australia

A formal signing ceremony was held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Maple Leaf Education Systems Head Office in Dalian, China, for signing a Maple Leaf Future Math and Science Teachers Training Agreement between the University of South Australia and Maple Leaf Education Systems.

Twenty Maple Leaf high school graduates will be selected per year to attend the University of South Australia, in Adelaide, Australia. Upon completion of an undergraduate degree in Math and/or Science and the University’s teacher education program, and obtaining BC teacher certification, these teacher education grads will be employed by Maple Leaf as high school Math and Science teachers.

Maple Leaf has also entered into similar future teacher training agreements with TRU and KPU in Kamloops and Richmond, BC.

Maple Leaf Educational Systems Receives AdvancED Corporate Systems Accreditation (2017-2022)

Maple Leaf Educational Systems Board members are all smiles at their November Board meeting in Hong Kong as they celebrate Maple Leaf Corporate Systems Accreditation from AdvancED. Governing Board members are left to right: Peter Owen, Howard Balloch, Dr. Sherman Jen, James Beeke, Dr. Xiaodan Mei, and Jingxia Zhang (missing is Arthur Wong)

Dr. Sherman Jen, Chair and CEO, is holding the plaque from AdvancED, which reads:

This is to certify that
CHINA MAPLE LEAF EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS
has met the criteria for educational quality
established by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission
and is hereby presented this
CERTIFICATE OF ACCREDITATION by the
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA) Commission
on Accreditation and School Improvement
Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWAC) Commission
on Accreditation and School Improvement
Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) Commission
on Accreditation and School Improvement
Valid Through June 30, 2022

China Maple Leaf Educational Systems successfully completed an on-site accreditation review for AdvancED Systems Accreditation on May 22-24, 2017 at its Head Offices in Dalian, China. The AdvancED team recommended to its Accreditation Commission that CMLES be granted AdvancED Systems Accreditation status for a term of five years. AdvancED Systems Accreditation will greatly support any new high school programs to be opened by Maple Leaf in China and around the world with a status of accreditation.

AdvancED is USA based and is the largest education accrediting body in the world, accrediting more than 32,000 schools involving more than 20 million students in many countries.

Maple Leaf’s Superintendent of Global Education, James Beeke, noted “AdvancED’s Systems Accreditation will enable Maple Leaf to advertise that the new high schools it opens are accredited by AdvancED, a highly respected school accrediting agency in the USA and around the world. Maple Leaf sincerely appreciated the professionalism and experience of the AdvancED inspection team members and the quality of discussions that were held. In addition to the many complimentary observations noted by the AdvancED review team, the process focuses on continuous improvement. This is a real value of Maple Leaf engaging in the AdvancED accreditation process. The process identifies strengths as well as areas to strengthen to make Maple Leaf Educational Systems and its schools even stronger. These areas will be addressed as priorities in our next years’ Systems Improvement Plans.”

Dr. Sherman Jen Donates $5 Million to Thompson Rivers University

Chairman and Founder of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems, Dr. Sherman Jen, made a private five million dollar donation to Thompson Rivers University at an event held in the Brown Family House of Learning at Thompson Rivers University. This donation is the university’s largest individual private donation ever and will be allocated to scholarships, research and teaching facilities.

For more information on how the donation will be used please visit Thompson Rivers University’s website

Maple Leaf School Opens at KPU in Richmond

Maple Leaf Education North America, the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems proudly celebrates the official opening of Maple Leaf School – KPU. This newest school in the Maple Leaf family is located in Richmond, British Columbia on the campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and marks a unique collaboration between Maple Leaf and KPU.

“We are delighted to open our newest Maple Leaf School on the campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the heart of Richmond, one of the most dynamic and ethnically diverse locations in the beautiful Greater Vancouver Region. KPU has many great programs and academic opportunities to offer our students, and we are excited to be part of this expanding campus.” said Dawn Sutherland, President, Maple Leaf Education North America.


“We are proud to have entered into this partnership with Maple Leaf Education North America,” said KPU President Dr. Alan Davis, “and we are excited to welcome their students to KPU Richmond. This three-year pilot project to locate Maple Leaf School - KPU on our campus will have tremendous benefits for KPU, Maple Leaf and for the wider community. Maple Leaf’s belief in providing a rich cultural experience as a component of education is also not unlike KPU’s own philosophy, which we embrace as part of our international education programming. And Maple Leaf Education North America’s reputation for delivering high-quality education makes them an exceptional partner for KPU.”

This school is the second Maple Leaf School to open in Canada and will operate as a Group 4 BC Independent School leasing space and services from the university. MLS-KPU principal, Brad Helgason, and the teaching team have many years of experience working with Maple Leaf schools in China and are well qualified to bring the Maple Leaf model of education to this community. The school program blends the best of Chinese and Canadian educational practice.

Dr. Sherman Jen, Chairman and Founder of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems explains the importance of this educational model, “For Chinese international students the benefit of our model is that it provides them with the opportunity to complete the BC high school program in English immersed in an English environment while at the same time they can retain their culture and strong Mandarin language development. For Canadian students and international students from other cultures it provides them the opportunity to learn a language spoken by nearly 20% of the worlds people. Through shared language, English or Mandarin we grow to better understand each other.”

The students and their parents are attracted to KPU for its strong commitment to international education and the dynamic mix of career related academic programs it offers. Students and teachers have been warmly welcomed on campus as they begin their adventure in this new school together.

Maple Leaf Huai’an School Awards Ceremony

On September 20, 2017, Dr. Sherman Jen attended the annual award ceremony of Maple Leaf Huai’an School.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Dr. Jen stated that the significant achievements of Huai’an campus were grounded on the hard work of every staff member, and that they all deserve sincere congratulations.

In his speech, Dr. Jen pointed to the tremendous progress Maple Leaf has made both domestically and internationally, including its further acceleration this year. He noted that, as of September 2017, Maple Leaf is present in 20 cities worldwide, with 74 schools enrolling over 28,000 students students.

In addition, he noted that Maple Leaf’s global Chinese and English courses have been successfully developed, and Maple Leaf’s language standards are now established. Dr. Jen concluded with the observation that Maple Leaf is in a healthy position, and its future is bright.

Maple Leaf’s Deputy Superintendent of Schools: BC Programs

We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Jacalyn (Jackie) Kersey as Maple Leaf’s Deputy Superintendent of Schools: BC Programs, commencing August 15, 2017.

Mrs. Kersey brings a wealth of previous experience to the position, including: Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University, Professional Development Program in Education at Simon Fraser University, and a Master of Education in Administration and Leadership from the University of Alberta.

  • 11 years of teaching experience in British Columbia
  • 12 years of principal and vice principal experience at both elementary (K-7) and secondary (8-12) levels in British Columbia public schools
  • Service on committees setting School District directions in budget, assessment and curriculum.
  • Planning and Implementation of new BC curriculum at the School District level, including Core Competencies, Applied Design and Skills and Technology, Aboriginal content, Inquiry, Career education, Physical Health education, and content curriculum.
  • Secondment to the School District in order to assess and develop directions for Career Education at school and District levels.
  • Member of the British Columbia Principal’s and Vice Principal’s Association and an organizer and facilitator of professional development opportunities for British Columbia Principal’s and Vice Principals.
  • Member of the Network of Performance Based Schools and Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network for 7 years. Presenter at the Network Symposium 2017.
  • Jackie’s husband is a British Columbia teacher/administrator working with Maple Leaf as well and Jackie is the proud mother of three children.

2017 Memorable Graduation Ceremonies

In early June, the 7 high schools of Maple Leaf Educational Systems with grade 12 classes held their graduation ceremonies. Maple Leaf Education’s Founder & Board Chair, Dr. Sherman Jen, and other leaders of Maple Leaf personally visited the schools to attend their graduation ceremonies. They were joined at these memorable events by local government officials, teachers and parents of the graduates. The ceremonies drew significant media attention. China Youth Net, a national level media outlet, conducted a special interview with Dr. Sherman Jen and reported on the graduation ceremony of Maple Leaf Dalian.

The 19th cohort of Maple Leaf International Schools’ grade 12 graduates totaled 1,807. As of June 1, 2017, Maple Leaf graduates had received 5,463 offers from western and Chinese post-secondary education institutions. In addition, graduates had received scholarship offers equivalent to almost 6 million RMB. The graduates’ rate of acceptance into the Top 100 Ranking Institutions for Maple Leaf Students exceeded 50%. Among these, 46 graduates received offers from some of the world’s top 10 institutions, including Imperial College of Technology, UK, and University College of London. Some graduates were also accepted by renowned universities in China, including Tsinghua University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Maple Leaf International High Schools have now graduated nearly 12,000 grade 12 students in the past 19 years. These graduates have been enrolled in over 600 universities and higher education institutions in more 30 countries.

Maple Leaf has once again demonstrated how it is successfully meeting its mission of blending the best of East and West in education, and opening a world of opportunity for its graduates!

China Maple Leaf Educational Systems and
the University of South Australia to open a Bilingual School

China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of South Australia to explore opening an English-Chinese (Mandarin) bilingual school in collaboration with the University of South Australia, within the University’s Magill campus Education precinct.

The School will be the first high school in Adelaide established by a Chinese education group and will offer a bilingual English-Chinese curriculum for senior high school students in grades 10-12 and be accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

Chairman and Chief Executive of Maple Leaf, Dr Sherman Jen, says China Maple Leaf is delighted to be opening its first high school in Australia at the University of South Australia.

“Maple Leaf schools will graduate more than 1,500 students in June 2017 and over 2,500 in June 2018,” Dr Jen says.

“An increasing number of our students are choosing Australian universities for their higher education and being one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old, the University of South Australia is an excellent partner for us.

“We admire their high educational standards, their internationalism, and their pioneering spirit.”

University of South Australia Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says UniSA is pleased to welcome China Maple Leaf Educational Systems as partners in the Magill Education precinct.

“Maple Leaf’s network of more than 60 schools will provide broad opportunities for our Education students such as classroom observation, research, practicum experience, and in future international work opportunities for our Bachelor of Education graduates,” Professor Lloyd said.

“This Maple Leaf School will provide first-hand experience for the students of UniSA to observe a bilingual school, opening up new opportunities to analyse these programs and to be pioneers in the study of bilingual education.

“We look forward to more applications to study at UniSA from among Maple Leaf’s students and to an increased profile for UniSA in China, raising awareness of our young university in the world’s largest country for international students.”

China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited opened its first school in 1995 and has grown to become the largest operator of international schools in China, with over 26,000 students in 15 cities in China.

The School is expected to open in 2018 with 75 students.

Successful 12th Annual Maple Leaf Student Recruitment Fair

The 12th Maple Leaf International Student Recruitment Fair opened at Maple Leaf International School - Dalian on November 18, 2016. Eighty-five post-secondary institutions from ten countries attended the Fairs at Maple Leaf high schools in Dalian, Tianjin, Chongqing, Wuhan, Luoyang, Zhenjiang and Shanghai November 19-28.

This year more countries and territories were represented than ever before. Among the 85 participating institutions from 10 countries including Canada and the USA, 19 are listed in the Top 100 Highest Ranking Institutions for Maple Leaf Students, and 39 offer exclusive scholarships for Maple Leaf graduates.

During a news conference held in Dalian, Vice President & Superintendent of British Columbia Programs, Bob Gardner, spoke about all the Maple Leaf high schools with full grade 10-12 programs attaining AdvancED Accreditation this past (2015-16) school year. This accreditation will profile MLES graduates with even more post-secondary institutions around the world, especially in the USA.

Maple Leaf Founder and Chair of Board, Dr. Sherman Jen announced that Maple Leaf and Kwantlen Polytechnic University of British Columbia Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding to open a Maple Leaf School on the campus of KPU in Richmond, BC, September 2017. Further development of university schools around the world is part of Maple Leaf’s global development growth strategy.

One of the parents attending the Student Recruitment Fair commented, “At this Maple Leaf Student Recruitment Fair, I saw representatives from a lot of the world’s top universities. But what surprised me even more was that there are so many different types of foreign higher education institutions, which broadened my vision and understanding, and made me more confident about choosing an appropriate university program for my child.”

One of the post-secondary representatives stated, “Maple Leaf students’ BC transcripts are recognized around the world, and Maple Leaf’s student assessment criteria are authentic and reliable. Maple Leaf students have a good command of English and Chinese, have been exposed to both oriental and western styles of thinking and education, and have excellent portfolios with a range of volunteer and service-related activities. As a result, we recruit excellent students at the Maple Leaf Fairs and are able to issue admission offers to students on spot. Maple Leaf International Schools have become a steady and reliable source of excellent student applicants for us and many other quality universities.”

Maple Leaf School planned for Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Richmond, BC Campus

On the eve of the 12th Annual MLES Recruitment Fair on November 18, 2016, in Dalian, China, Maple Leaf Educational Systems and Maple Leaf Education North America signed a significant MOU with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond, BC.

Our special guests from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Dr. Alan Davis, President, Mr. Stuart McIlmoyle, Associate Vice President International, along with Ms. Ann Yuan and Ms. Isabel Chan travelled from Canada to sign this very significant memorandum of understanding and to visit Maple Leaf schools for the first time.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, or KPU, has a history not unlike the history of Maple Leaf. It started as a small college in one location in and has grown throughout the BC lower mainland becoming one of the larger universities in Canada measured by student population and by the number and size of its campuses. Like Maple Leaf, KPU is a success story.

In September of this year Maple Leaf Education North America opened the first Maple Leaf school outside of China, Maple Leaf School – TRU on the campus of Thompson Rivers University located in central BC. This not only established our first global presence, but also established our model of a university preparatory high school located on a university campus. We believe this to be a winning educational model for our students and for the university.

With the announcement of this first school MLENA also indicated our intent to open additional schools in coming years and KPU was quick to respond to this opportunity. The signing of this MOU establishes our plan enter into detailed negotiations, aiming to open MLS-KPU, in September 2017, located on the Richmond Campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus.

With this school opening we will have two options for our highly motivated university oriented students, one in a smaller, rural location and one in a large metropolitan city, both on exceptional university campuses that offer our students access to a very unique educational experience.

Maple Leaf’s First Canadian School Officially Opens

On September 29th Maple Leaf Education North America, the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems proudly celebrated the official opening of its first Canadian high school, Maple Leaf School – TRU. The school is located in Kamloops, British Columbia on the campus of Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and marks a unique collaboration between Maple Leaf and its longtime partner TRU.

“This is a very proud moment for Maple Leaf as we come full circle and open our first school in Canada, in Kamloops and with TRU, one of our very earliest university partners,” said Dawn Sutherland, President, Maple Leaf Education North America.

“This collaboration is an example of Maple Leaf’s and TRU’s visionary approach to global education. It will build relationships between the people of China and Canada,” said Alan Shaver, TRU President and Vice-Chancellor.

The school will operate as a Group 4 BC Independent School leasing space and services from the university. MLS-TRU principal, Blake Defieux, and the teaching team have all previously worked at Maple Leaf schools in China and are well qualified to introduce the Maple Leaf model of education in Canada. The school program blends the best of Chinese and Canadian educational practice as students complete requirements towards both BC and Chinese high school diplomas.

Dr. Sherman Jen, Chairman and Founder of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems explains the importance of this educational model, “There are more than one million Chinese families in Canada and Maple Leaf’s blended program will provide them with opportunities to learn their native language and culture along with the BC program, and to develop their skills and abilities to enhance future collaboration between Canada and China in education, culture, business and many other areas.”

The students and their parents are attracted by TRU’s university village concept and the strong commitment to internationalization evident on the campus. Students and teachers have been warmly welcomed on campus and in the Kamloops community.

“This unique partnership is strengthening the educational bonds between China and British Columbia. The value of international education goes well beyond the more than $300 million that international students contribute to British Columbia’s economy. The true value of this partnership lies in the cultural connections students make with one another and the exposure to new places, new friends and new ideas,” said Mike Bernier, Minister of Education.

Ms. Fan Appointed as Chief Legal Officer

With pleasure we announce that Ms. Guijie Fan has been appointed to serve as a Vice President and as Chief Legal Officer for China Maple Leaf Educational Systems. Ms. Fan graduated from Harbin University of Science and Technology in 1989. She served with both the Beijing Angdao and Beijing Yinke Law Firms before joining Maple Leaf in June 2014. From 2011 to 2014 she provided legal advise to Maple Leaf as a contracted legal advisor.

Since working at CMLES, Ms. Fan has established and directed Maple Leaf’s Legal Affairs Department. In her new role, Ms. Fan will establish and ensure law-based governance structures and operations, intellectual rights (copyright) protection, and direct CMLES’s Human Resources Department.

We wish Ms. Fan every success in her new responsibilities.


James Beeke Appointed Superintendent of Global Education

We are pleased to announce Mr. Beeke’s appointment to a new role as Maple Leaf’s Superintendent of Global Education. He served the previous two years as Superintendent of BC Programs in China. Mr. Beeke will oversee educational programs, standards and leadership in new Maple Leaf schools in Canada and other countries.

Mr. Beeke will also continue to serve as:

  • Executive Director/Vice President: China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Board of Directors
  • Liaison: BC Ministry of Education for Maple Leaf Schools
  • Special Advisor to the Chairman
  • Coordinator of special projects as requested by the Chairman or Board, e.g. to currently supervise and coordinate the development of Maple Leaf Student Workbooks to fit international student needs for several high school courses

Mr. Beeke’s previous experience includes:

  • Served 2 years as Deputy Inspector and 7 years as the Inspector of Independent Schools: Ministry of Education—Province of British Columbia, Canada. As Inspector, Mr. Beeke administered the Independent School Act on behalf of the Minister of Education. This position included the inspecting and certifying of more than 350 schools and the issuing of provincial funding to eligible schools. The Inspector also was responsible for such items as the issuance, suspension and revocation of Ministry of Education independent school teacher certificates; provincial home-schooling policies; independent school distributed learning (electronic/distance-delivered) programs; and British Columbia’s offshore school certification program.
  • Served 4 years in the People’s Republic of China as Superintendent of Maple Leaf Schools that deliver British Columbia, Canada — certified K-12 programs.
  • 21 years of experience as a school principal—including both elementary (K-9) and high school (10-12).
  • 25 years of teaching experience in grades 4-12, in public and independent schools.
  • Authored 7 published textbooks for elementary and high school students, and several articles for different periodicals.
  • Written 6 Ministry of Education Reports analyzing six different curricula.
  • Earned Bachelor of Arts (in Education) and Master of Arts (in Educational Administration) degrees from Western Michigan University.
  • Spoken at numerous conventions, conferences and professional development workshops in British Columbia, Canada, USA, China and more.
  • Received several awards including Certificates of Recognition from British Columbia’s Minister of Education, the Education Consul: Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver and the People’s Government of Liaoning Province, China.
  • 5 years of educational consultant work in BC, Ontario, the USA and internationally as President of Signum International Educational Services, Inc.

Bob Gardner Appointed Superintendent of BC Programs: China Schools

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Robert (Bob) Gardner as the Vice-President Maple Leaf Educational Systems, China and Maple Leaf’s Superintendent of Schools: BC Programs, commencing August 2016.

Mr. Gardner brings a wealth of previous experience to the position, including: Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Education degree from the University of Alberta

  • 9 years of teaching experience in Alberta
  • 17 years of principal and vice principal experience at both elementary (K-7) and secondary (8-12) levels in British Columbia public schools
  • 5 years of School District Office experience including Director of Education responsible for Human Resources- Teaching Personnel, and serving as Assistant Superintendent
  • Numerous internal and external School Accreditation team experiences and District Review Teams for schools in British Columbia
  • President of Amicus Educational Services Ltd, responsible for delivering services to public schools and educational professionals in British Columbia
  • University of British Columbia – Okanagan: Adjunct Professor
  • Member of the British Columbia Principal’s and Vice Principal’s Association and its planning team for the BCPVPA Short Course as well as serving as a facilitator for the course

Bob also has Maple Leaf experience, having previously served as Principal of Maple Leaf International School - Dalian. He is married to a retired British Columbia elementary teacher/principal and is father of two children and a grandparent of two granddaughters.

Maple Leaf to Open Its First School in Canada

Maple Leaf plans to open its first school in Canada this Fall on Thompson Rivers University (TRU) campus in Kamloops, BC.

TRU’s News Release is posted below:

Kamloops, BC—Maple Leaf Education North America (MLENA), the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems (CMLES), announced plans to open its first Canadian high school in September 2016 in cooperation with TRU, Kamloops.

In a Memorandum of Understanding, signed today, MLENA and TRU confirmed plans allowing the school to start in a designated area on campus with the intent to move to a purpose-built school facility via the university trust in the near future.

“This is a landmark day for TRU as we continue to develop innovative approaches to internationalization,” said TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver. “We have a long-standing relationship with our partners and this is another opportunity for us to create more learning options for students and collaborative research projects for our faculties.”

The first students in the new school will be selected from existing Maple Leaf schools in China, which as part of the BC Global Education Program Offshore Schools, have been delivering the BC curriculum in China for over 20 years. CMLES currently operates eight BC certified high schools throughout China, enrolling more than 7,500 BC registered students. The students selected to come to Maple Leaf School-TRU will come to Kamloops to continue their BC high school program in Kamloops.

“We are very excited to be taking this first step together with our long-term partners at TRU,” said Dawn Sutherland, President, MLENA, “TRU’s university village concept is a strong attraction to our students and their parents.” In addition to the BC curriculum, MLES students in China take courses from the Chinese high school curriculum and graduate with two diplomas, one from BC and one from the Chinese provincial education authority. Maple Leaf Schools in Canada will continue this tradition, offering the required Chinese courses within the program offered in Canada. Associate Vice President, International and Chief Executive Officer, TRU World Global Operations Baihua Chadwick said, “This innovative, one-of-a-kind cooperation project will not only benefit TRU’s students and faculty, it will benefit the Kamloops community as a whole. This bilingual and bi-curriculum school can potentially attract professionals and families from other parts of Canada if they wish for their children to receive a dual credential accredited by both the Chinese Ministry of Education and the BC Ministry of Education.”

James Beeke, Maple Leaf’s Superintendent of Schools: BC Programs, stated, “This is an exciting first step for the 60 students enrolled, their parents, Maple Leaf, TRU, BC, Canada and China. It is a win-win for all involved. Maple Leaf plans to open more schools across Canada in the future and in other countries as well. Maple Leaf’s plans include becoming the largest high school in the world with high schools in several different countries around the world.”

New Joint Venture Maple Leaf School in Yanching

A joint venture agreement for Maple Leaf International School – Yancheng was officially confirmed by the Yancheng government: Yandu District and Maple Leaf on July 12, 2016. China Maple Leaf Educational Systems founder, chairman and CEO, Dr. Sherman Jen, and Party Vice Secretary and Governor of Yandu District, Yancheng, Wu Benhui, signed on behalf of the agreeing parties.

Several government and education bureau officials were present at the signing ceremony, as well as media representatives. Dr. Sherman Jen announced in his speech that Maple Leaf will launch a new pre-school, elementary school and middle school in Yancheng: Yandu District in 2017. Wu Benhui explained in his speech how a Maple Leaf school in Yancheng is an honor to Yancheng and how it will foster educational reform and public-private partnerships with the private operation of schools within government owned school facilities. Yancheng Education Bureau’s Party Secretary and Director, Yin Yong, expressed his hope and belief that a Maple Leaf School in Yancheng would become a top school in Jiangsu Province and promote educational quality and exciting opportunities for students.

This “government-constructed and Maple Leaf-operated school” is scheduled to open on September 1, 2017.

AdvancEd High School Accreditations

Maple Leaf’s high schools successfully completed the required internal self-assessment work and stakeholder surveys this school year, and have passed their on-site inspections by AdvancEd teams in May and June 2016. All seven Maple Leaf high schools undertaking this process were successful and all were recommended by the on-site inspection teams for full AdvancEd accreditation.

AdvancEd is USA based and is the largest school accrediting body in the world, accrediting more than 32,000 schools involving more than 20 million students in many countries.

Superintendent of Schools: BC Programs, James Beeke, stated “Once granted by its Board, AdvancEd will add USA/international accreditation to the BC, Canada certification that Maple Leaf high schools already hold. In addition to the many complimentary observations noted by the AdvancEd inspection teams, the process focuses on continuous improvement. It identifies strengths as well as areas to strengthen to make a good school even better. These areas will be addressed as priorities in the next two years in Maple Leaf Schools’ goals and professional development plans.”

Teacher Excellence Awards

A new annual tradition has been established by the Maple Leaf family of schools. Teachers vote for teachers at their respective schools who most clearly reveal the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates teaching excellence
  • Engages and motivates students
  • Shows dedication and willingness to do extra
  • Radiates a positive influence
  • Reveals consistent professional deportment

Teachers voted in receive a Superintendent’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Up to one such award is issued for every 500 students in a school.

The following BC-certified teachers received Teaching Excellence Awards in June 2016:

  • Lorne Scott (Chongqing)
  • Lauren Sharpe (Chongqing)
  • Carolyn Kooymans (Dalian)
  • Wendy Goodall (Dalian)
  • Devan Grainger (Dalian)
  • Kelli Kramer (Dalian)
  • Antonio Minichilli (Dalian)
  • Erica Chao (Dalian FNS)
  • Jordan Gray (Henan-Luoyang)
  • Laith Saied (Tianjin)
  • Stephen Herr (Tianjin)
  • Thomas Mein (Tianjin)
  • Jason Thadical (Shanghai)
  • Jeanine Went (Wuhan)
  • Nicholas Catangui (Wuhan)
  • Cassie Van Oort (Wuhan)
  • Emerson Mole (Wuhan FNS)
  • Jessica Zhou (Zhenjiang)

Maple Leaf Grade 12 Graduates Accepted Into World’s Top Ranked Universities

More than 55 percent of Maple Leaf’s 1,422 grade 12 graduates of 2016 received offers from the world’s 100 top ranked universities.

For example, the following indicate the number of admission letters/offers Maple Leaf graduates received from:

  • Top 20 Universities in Canada
  • McGill University - 31
  • University of Toronto - 192
  • University of British Columbia - 115
  • Queen’s University - 125
  • University of Alberta - 397
  • McMaster University - 114
  • Western University - 229
  • Dalhousie University - 4
  • University of Calgary - 54
  • University of Ottawa - 91
  • Simon Fraser University - 24
  • University of Waterloo - 46
  • University of Victoria - 79
  • Carleton University - 65
  • University of Guelph - 25
  • University of New Brunswick - 3
  • Memorial University - 4
  • York University - 238
  • Ryerson University - 5
  • Concordia University - 48
  • Top 10 Universities in Australia
  • Australian National University - 29
  • University of Melbourne - 56
  • University of Sydney - 73
  • University of Queensland - 45
  • University of New South Wales - 9
  • Monash University - 88
  • University of Western Australia - 17
  • University of Adelaide - 13
  • University of Technology Sydney - 22
  • Macquarie University - 47
  • Top 20 Universities in the UK
  • Imperial College of London - 4
  • Durham University - 6
  • University of Warwick - 6
  • University of Exeter - 1
  • University College of London - 9
  • Lancaster University - 8
  • University of Bath - 2
  • Loughborough University - 2
  • University of Leeds - 2
  • University of York - 2
  • University of Southampton - 3
  • University of Birmingham - 3
  • University of East Anglia - 1
  • University of Bristol - 5
  • Top Universities in Other Countries
  • Vanderbilt University - 1
  • University of California - Berkley - 1
  • University of California - Los Angeles - 1
  • Wake Forest University - 2
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - 1
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong - 4
  • City University of Hong Kong - 3
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University - 6
  • University College Dublin - 1