The principle of the MSA students grants is to help families maintain their normal quality of life while paying MSA tuition. Therefore, MSA will decide the distribution amount of the students' grants based on the proof of household income and expenditure provided by the student. The family financial backgrounds of MSA students have only used as the reference for their grants applications instead of their admission results.
The following materials are required for MSA students grants:
The students need to communicate with the admissions officers and obtain an mail for introduction of grants application. MSA will appoint a representative of the Students Grants Group to help the students with their application.
The tuition fee for 2019-2020 school year is 159,000 RMB/year.
Currently, MSA does not provide enrollment status, but this does not prevent students from applying for admission to overseas universities.
Both MSA and the Affiliated High School of Peking University (AHSPU) are completely independent subjects. In September 2017, MSA reached a strategic cooperation agreement with AHSPU, the contents of which mainly include: MSA provides AHSPU with core competency oriented courses, teacher training, and overall design and establishment of innovation space; in return, AHSPU provides MSA with the right to use some resources and venues without affecting its normal teaching and operation. Cooperation between the two sides does not involve any school affairs.
Address of MSA Beijing Campus: No. A-82, Daniwan Road, Haidian District, Beijing;
Subject knowledge of traditional high school will be completely covered in MSA, and the learning of this part of knowledge will be finished through the blended learning scenarios, which include mathematics, natural science, humanities, social science, language, as well as part of pre-university courses such as AP. [please entry the page of learning module for details]
MSA will not provide any test-oriented English training for students to apply for foreign university admissions. In MSA, students will be immersed in English learning and using environment, the English support program ESL will also help students establish a solid language foundation. With the online learning platform, students can autonomously learn TOEFL, SAT, ACT, and other standardized test courses.
The learning scenarios in MSA are divided into three categories: BL, PBL, and DL. After attending MSA, students will work with their academic mentors to develop their learning goals and plans and choose various types of courses.
• In the BL scenario, students will learn subjects knowledge through online courses and offline learning groups.
• In the PBL scenario, students and team members will work on the projects together, constructing the core competences to cope with the future society, and integrating and applying knowledge across subjects.
• In the DL scenario, students will learn in various methods such as round-table discussions and Socratic dialogues to fulfill the self-exploration, master the way of thinking and learning, and build a systematic perspective.
In MSA, there are four phases in each semester:
• Orientation Week: With a duration of one week, it aims to initiate the establishment of MSA culture and the teacher-student relationship, formulate the regulations of MSA through the joint efforts made by teachers and students, and match the students with their mentors;
• Boost Weeks: With a duration of three weeks, students are expected to adapt to the new learning methods and school lives through immersive and intense learning experience; they will be hopeful about their future development in MAS via intensive experience; and they will plan for the whole semester to select courses in Regular Weeks;
• Regular Weeks: With a duration of 11 weeks, it will provide students with various courses covering all academic fields to meet their learning demands; Moonshot community will be constructed by teachers and students together; and the mentors will update and adjust the OKR on a regular basis;
• Celebration Weeks: with a duration of three weeks, student-initiated PBL projects will be carried out and the periodical results of the semester will be demonstrated.
In MSA, our faculty, experts in their own academic fields, have been trained on teaching expertise; the student-faculty ratio is around 7:1 when the number of students in a campus reaches its limitation (300 students).
In MSA, while the curriculum system does not directly support the cultivation of students' specialties that are at high professional levels, students in MSA still enjoy bigger room for development compared with whom in traditional schools. They could communicate with their mentors, and choose courses of MSA according to their future development. Meanwhile, MSA will also seek excellent social resources for students to support their individual development.
What MSA adopts for the assessment is a set of “the Mastery Transcript of Core Competency” constructed by the Mastery Transcript Consortium (MTC). On the transcript, the learning situation of students will not be displayed by GPA or scores, but by “the mastery level of disciplinary knowledge” and “the core competency” two parts.
MTC is a consortium composed by 183 top private high schools of America (up to May 2018), which puts forward a new model - the Mastery Transcript, a brand new system for announcing the learning results of high school students. In comparison with the traditional scores or letter grades transcripts, this assessment system focuses on the change in teaching philosophy, namely, shifting from the method that judging and grading the learning results of a student by a time-limited examination, to the method that assessing students' mastery of disciplinary knowledge and skills through valuable performance data in real learning scenes. That is, the assessment in schools that apply the Mastery Transcript advocated by MTC will not be unilateral scores or letter grades, but a constant system which monitors and records students’ learning situations in teaching process to assess their core competences and capabilities.
Presently, MTC has won support from CAAS (Coalition for Access，Affordability and Success), an online platform which has been founded to support the enrollment of universities in September 2015. There are more than one hundred America's top universities adopting CAAS, including Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Stanford University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University and the University of Michigan, etc.
The graduation plans for MSA students will follow the primary principle that is to support their individual development goals (including the countries where they study abroad, and the type of the universities they apply for, etc.) Therefore, MSA will make effort to support the graduates who apply for the universities that have not recognized the MTC A New Model yet or the foreign universities outside the United States. The main methods for supporting include establishing a communication mechanism with the admission officers of the targeted universities, and providing relevant documents of MSA teaching models and assessment system needed for the targeted universities. If the targeted university has a specific requirement for GPA transcript, we will convert the MTC transcripts into GPA results according to the GPA calculation method (including the credits and weights of their selected courses) proposed by the MSA Research Institute.
According to the teaching system, the core ideology of MSA is to center on students and take the core competences development as the major teaching objectives. During the generation of the final “Mastery Transcript of Core Competences”, students will be the data and evidence collectors for their transcripts, and they will make replies for their own core competences transcript of this semester before the end of each academic year. The procedure above mentioned means that students will collate their materials for university application. Therefore, ideologically or practically, MSA will decline the interventions of any agency.
In foreign countries, different universities have different requirements for undergraduate applications, while most American universities will ask the international students to provide their SAT results and language score (such as TOEFL and IELTS). Therefore, the standardized examinations such as SAT Subject and AP are not compulsory, and students could decide whether to provide these standardized exam results to demonstrate their academic ability according to their own situation. MSA students should provide the results of the standardized exams according to the requirements of universities.
In MSA, the dormitory is not only a place for "sleep", but also an important scene in the establishment of the Moonshot community culture and lifestyle. Therefore, MSA works with the domestic top designers of associated-living space to design the dormitories, and create an independent accommodation in a pattern of associated-living space around the campus.
Accommodation life is an important scene for establishing the Moonshot community culture and lifestyle, and the implementation of many activities takes dorm life as the carrier. Therefore, new students are required to lodge in MSA for the first academic year. If there are any physical or psychological problems, it is necessary to communicate with MSA to find a solution together.
MSA will establish dining space for serving the three meals of a day both in the campus and the dormitories. Both the campus and dormitories locate in the zones with comprehensive infrastructures, such as shopping malls, restaurants, supermarkets and so on, and students could also eat out of the academy.
Life instructors will initiate various activities relevant to accommodation within a semester. For example, your classmates, teachers and you could be grouped to design and decorate your dorm, cook or taste foods around the world in the living-space of MSA, or hold a party of reading or viewing together, and you could even apply for launching an activity together with your instructors. It's up to you.
MSA will offer several shuttle buses commuting between the campus and the dormitories from Monday to Friday to ensure a convenient and safe commutation for students.
When the forms of offline learning are interactive project- or discussion- based learning rather than one-way teaching, the physical space should be redesigned. Therefore, MSA works with Crossboundaries, a top architectural office, to redefine the learning environment.
In MSA, a standardized learning space will cover an area of about 5,000 square meters and accommodate 300 students for learning. The per capita usable area of the space is about 15 square meters, more than three times that of the joint office space. Compared with classrooms in traditional schools, the space of MSA is more like the offices of Google Inc., and it supports self-study & preview, project-based learning, experiment & hands-on operation, conference & discussion-based learning, artistic creation, fitness, recreation and other scenes.
At the end of each academic year, MSA will grant students access to campus-exchange project, so that they could spend their three or four years of high school lives in different MSA campuses.
With strategic cooperation with “Shixiseng”, the largest domestic platform for interns, MSA provides students with the information and resource platform for interns. Mentors will assist students to explore the directions for internship and the targeted enterprises. However, students should pass the interviews to obtain the internships through their own efforts.
In MSA, there is no restriction on household registration or the citizenship for the applicants.
In MSA, we will hold the activity “Moonshot hours” weekly for families that are interested in MSA, during which our admission officers will guide the visiting families to understand MSA and explain to them about enrollment. Besides, we will organize activities “Moonshot Projects” for several times on weekends from November to next March, among which you are invited to spend a weekend with us to engage in the study and life in MSA. Please refer to the WeChat Official Account of MSA for details of the activities and registration methods.
Step 1: register an account for application 注册你的申请账号
Step 2: submit the questionnaire of application 提交申请问卷
Step 3: pay for the application fee 支付申请费用
Step 4: online interview 线上面试
Step 5: offline interview 线下面试
Step 6: receive the admission results 得到录取结果
You need to pay RMB 580 for the MSA application, which covers the basic costs of both human and material resources. Whether the application is successful or not, you will receive a feedback and assessment report that is based on your performance in MSA application, and the application fee is non-refundable.