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Rural Boarding School Excellence Case Study and Application Project

area basic education
Organization Beijing Growing Home Foundation
Year 2018
Region Nationwide


Rural boarding schools are the main form of basic education in rural areas. After the implementation of ten-year school withdrawal and integration, the number of boarding schools surged to about 100,000, holding 32 million students. However, there remain a lot of problems in these boarding schools. In addition to mental health issues, higher management skills are required for principals to manage boarding schools compared to the ordinary ones. Due to the lack of management experience, many schools adopt strict management or even military management approach. Before this project, Growing Home has identified a number of typical rural boarding schools with limited resources and teachers among the existing 2700 project schools. Through different entry points, the project gradually promotes the transformation in those schools, improving the overall mental health and learning state of students as well as the campus atmosphere.



To identify key factors and breakthroughs for the success of rural boarding schools, helping summarize similar cases and develop solutions for the principals and education administrators of more than 2700 project schools who are willing to improve current quality in their own schools and regions, so as to raise their awareness of better school management through others’ experience, with further consulting and strategic support for their schools.


Our Action:

The Association supports Growing Home to select 20 typical rural boarding schools for further case studies on their development, analysing the successful experience and feasible approaches of those schools from different dimensions. After the research, through the cooperative relationship with the Education Policy Research Office of the General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, the China Institute for Educational Finance Research of Peking University, and dozens of local Education Bureaux, the project submitted a research report and relevant policy suggestions to draw the attention of education administrators and policy makers to culture development in rural boarding schools.

So far, Growing Home has completed case studies of 9 rural boarding schools and developed the first version of an evaluation index in order to facilitate school self-positioning for the principals while formulating the development objectives for the next stage. At the same time, by inviting excellent project school principals to provide lectures and reports, publish articles on Wechat, the principals from other project schools are also able to share and discuss their experience both online and offline. The peer sharing enables these principals to communicate their confusions and experience, raising positive feedback.