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Curriculum Structure


        The primary aim of on-campus courses construction in SMS is to achieve ‘demand-based selection’. On-campus courses are divided into two separate sections: SMS Foundational Academic Courses and SMS Diplomatic Courses.


        SMS Foundational Academic Courses consist of regular courses that are prerequisites for taking part in College Entrance Examination. Diplomatic courses comprise six curriculum groups: cognitive ability, self-development, cultural and aesthetic cognition, sportsmanship and health, social practices and public services, research programmes and creative capability.

Besides, seventeen additional Advance Placement Courses are offered, covering a range of languages, mathematics, social science, natural science and history, which are of equivalent standard comparing with the first-year university courses. International advanced academic curriculum, innovative curriculum, social practice, subject research curriculum and so on are also offered as featured courses.


Classification Table of SMS AP Courses

Natural Science



AP Biology


AP Chemistry


AP Environmental Science (online)


AP Physics 2


AP Physics C: Mechanics


AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism


AP Psychology

AP Calculus BC


AP Statistics


Liner Algebra

AP English Literature and Composition


AP English Language and Composition


Advanced English


American Literature




Great Work of Literature


Pre-AP English Literature and Composition


World Literature


Social Science

AP Art History (online)


AP European History


AP United States History


AP World History

AP Human Geography


AP Microeconomics


AP Macroeconomics


Curriculum Implementation 


The classification table of SMS courses is shown below. For foundational courses like mathematics, physics, chemistry and English, normal courses and advanced courses are offered simultaneously in separated classes to better cater for students with varied academic ability. Other courses will be categorized to offer a comprehensive selective extra-courses system to students.


Classification and level of curriculum



Level H

(Honors Curriculum)

Development of HC courses

Level S

(on-campus Standard Curriculum)

Level RS

(Qualified Standard Curriculum)

Editing learning guidance or plan



Level H

(Honors Curriculum)

Development of HC courses

Level S

(on-campus Standard Curriculum)

Level RS

(Qualified Standard Curriculum)


R class

(course for general graduate test)





Level H

(Honors Curriculum)


Level S

(on-campus Standard Curriculum)

Level R

(course for general graduate test)


In-class Learning


Students are able to enjoy following options determined by themselves,


  Student-initiated courses

Students are empowered to initialize courses which are not offered currently.


Two ways to earn course credit

Students are allowed to select different methods of course mastery, for students who are willing and capable to obtain acquire knowledge than it’s provided in regular courses, they are welcome to enrol in advance courses, while students who prefer independent study style are allowed to drop the course and take a self-study course. Student who selects either methods can apply for credits depends on their study results.


 Credit replacement policy

Apart from traditional credit system that counts on class hours, corresponding academic ability which are acquired from off-campus, online, internationally and other study experiences can be used to applied for credit replacement according to relevant regulations.


 Initiative course selection

After a one-semester adaptive phase of high school life, students are free to select every course for themselves starting from the remaining half of their senior one school year. Through providing selective I courses, selective II courses, separating compulsory credit and compulsory study module, and the permission of substituting basic courses credits with credits earned from advance courses, SMS offers students more options in selective courses and realize the goal of personalized study and in-depth learning.

Courses resources

The course resources as below,


I, alumni, parents, students: attendance teacher for SMS diplomatic courses and a certification system specialized for SMS tutor;


II, international and online resources: international advanced academic activities in different areas, international young pioneer round table conference, international courses, Finland-China cooperative courses;


III, society and enterprises: there are eleven innovative demo centres built by enterprises, and 4 innovative lab built with universities in SMS. Moreover, open thematic courses, subject research and Lixing courses are included as well.

innovative demo centres built by enterprises and SMS

  Huawei innovative demo centre

  BYD innovative demo centre

Huada Genomics innovative demo centre

Tencent innovative demo centre

Guangqi innovative demo centre

 Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences innovative demo centre

China construction bank financial innovative demo centre

China General Nuclear Power Group clean energy innovative demo centre

DJI-innovations innovative demo centre

 IFLYTEK CO., LTD. innovative demo centre

Sea sky land CO., LTD. innovative demo centre

 4 innovative labs built by universities and SMS

  University of Science and Technology of China: SMS sound recognition innovative lab

 The Chinese University of Hong Kong(shenzhen): SMS intelligent robot innovative lab

Shenzhen University: SMS remote sensing measurement innovative lab

​ University of Alberta(Canada) Professor Liu: SMS mathematics innovative lab



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