China’s $200,000 Harvard-Prep Program

Forbes reports on a program to prepare the children of China’s wealthy elite for an education in the Ivy League:

Gu and Gao, both 16, are little princes of industry, the sons of entrepreneurs who each spent almost $200,000 on a multiyear program to prepare their scions for a prestigious American university–for getting in, yes, as many programs try to do, but also for excelling when they get there.

What do they get for their parents’ money? Weekend classes, summer schools and small group trips over three to four years before they start school at American colleges. Their teachers at the program, the two-year-old Leadership Academy Shanghai, are mostly recent graduates from the best universities in China. The instruction style is bespoke and not very Confucian: very small classes, with students challenging their teachers.



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