Pegasus California School (PCS) was engendered from a mission to enhance transpacific educational and cultural exchange between California and China.Although there are over a thousand international schools in China, there was not a school that offered a truly authentic California curriculum. After years of effort, PCS was founded in 2016 in Qingdao, coastal city of China with the blessing and support of the California Department of Education, to become the first and only high school in China that offers an authentic Californian education. In addition, to provide a true California-style instruction to the students of China, PCS strives to provide a holistic education that inspires students to pursue their passions.Since its inception, PCS has successfully served as a bridge between Chinese students and renowned universities around the world.
After the founding Head Principal, Dr. David Long, a former Secretary of Education for the State of California retired following many years of diligent work at PCS, Dr. Tom Torlakson, the former State Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of California, became the current Head Principal of PCS. Both Dr. Long and Dr. Torlakson had placed great emphasis on the quality of our teaching faculty at PCS. During the first four years of PCS’s history, only credentialed American teachers were employed at PCS. This American-only teacher policy was later changed during the COVID-19 pandemic when many of our American teachers could not return to China. Nonetheless, PCS continues to insist on the quality of our faculty and we are proud to announce that we now have a much more diverse faculty with an average teaching experience of over 15 years.
We realize to prepare our students to be ready for competitive colleges globally. We need to help our students in China overcome their barrier in English.Therefore, since the very beginning, PCS has imposed an “English-Only Policy” where only the English language that can be used and spoken – in or out of classrooms. And because PCS is a boarding school, this means that our students are immersed in an English-only environment.This policy has proven successful, and all of our graduates have minimal effort in assimilating to college life in their respective countries of study.
In mirroring an authentic California education, PCS adopts the same Common Core standards set by the California Department of Education. PCS also only offers the A-G courses paradigm along with over 18 different Advanced Placement (AP) courses. In executing California’s A-G curriculum, PCS uses the same textbooks and teaching apparatuses as those used in standard California public high schools.
Pegasus’ Academic Integrity
Just like any typical high school in California, PCS takes academic integrity very seriously. PCS uses a 4.0 GPA grading scale where some Honors- and AP-level courses are weighed with an additional point. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 44 semester-long courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to graduate from PCS. It should be noted that teachers have full autonomy in giving a grade to students and no administrator has any influence over students’ grades. Should students fail to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8, they would be given a warning and put on semester-long probation, and if their GPA does not improve in the following semester, they will be dismissed from PCS. It is unfortunate to report that PCS has discharged nearly twenty students in the past due to poor academic performance.
After three years of operation, we were pleased to learn that PCS was ranked as one of the top international schools in China by a third party ranking agency.In the "China International School Competitiveness Ranking 2019" released by Kinglead Group, Pegasus stood out among the 1,257 international schools nationwide. Ranked No. 28 nationwide in terms of sending students to American universities and No. 5 in terms of teacher quality nationwide. We also ranked No. 26 in terms of sending students to British universities and No. 7 in terms of teacher quality nationwide. On the national list of Top 30 for sending students to American universities, Pegasus was the only school in Shandong Province, and Ranked No. 1 in Shandong Province.
The “Top Secondary School Ranking 2019” was released by www.myfitcollege.com. In 2019, Myfitcollege collected and analyzed 1,078 international schools / international departments in China, conducted field interviews and investigations of 463 schools and comprehensively studied China's international education system. PCS ranked No.66 in China, No. 4 in Shandong Province, No. 2 in Qingdao, only second to Qingdao No. 2 High School!
PCS has had two graduating classes in 2019 and 2020. The two classes of PCS graduates have received 400 plus offers from reputable colleges and institutions from the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and other foreign nations. And most of our graduates have matriculated to a variety of excellent schools to pursue their various passions and interests.
For examples, our students have matriculated to Vanderbilt University, University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Rochester University, New York University, Georgia Institute of Technology, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, University College London, King's College London and other world-renowned institutions.
In all, 29% of our graduates were admitted to the top 30 universities in the US, 73% were admitted to the top 50 universities, 96% were admitted to the top 80 universities, and 100% were admitted to the top 90 universities in the US1. In addition to our stellar record of matriculation in the US, PCS is also proud to announce that our graduates also receive many admission offers, including: 10 offers from the top 10 universities in the world, 20 offers from the world's top 20 universities, 44 offers from the world's top 30 universities, 101 offers from the world's top 50, 190 offers from the world's top 80 universities, 192 from the world's top 100 universities.