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Curionesty School is a small-scale, full-time school focusing on youth education for 12-18 year olds, cultivating curiosity and honesty.

Curionesty School

Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, P.R. China
The biggest dilemma of education in this era, is that the ideas of “school” and “education” have become antonyms. What Curionesty School is doing, is putting all of our efforts to bring the school back to education. In Curionesty we enable the students to keep their curiosity and encourage self-learning, so that they can find the courage to explore the world, and to finally identify their own pursuits.

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ChiXiao, The Founder of Curionesty School
“What Curionesty School is doing, is attempting all of our efforts to bring the school back to education. In Curionesty we enable the students to keep their curiosity, encourage self-learning and find the courage to explore the world; identifying their own pursuits and true selves. Growing into men and women capable of making their own decisions and taking responsibility for their actions. ”

ChiXiao, The Founder of Curionesty School

Curionesty School is derived from Kiid School, one of our earlier projects focusing on playing games through summer and winter camps and weekend “cram” classes. From 2014 onwards we have accumulated hundreds of small curriculum units to “cram” what’s missing from the exam-oriented education: Film Shooting, Stop-Motion Animation, One-Person One-Story Theater, Homemade Catapults, Building a Real Bridge, etc. We've managed to hold more than a dozen camps, and we’re still planning to do more. Based on the contacts and relationships with teenagers developed during the Kiid School period, we started Curionesty, a full-time school, in September 2016. We are embracing the fifth semester of Curionesty this fall. Many of the Curionesty students who enrolled came from our winter and summer camps.

The main reason why we choose to focus on youth education is that we as co-founders share similar life experiences. We all encountered a lot of confusion during our adolescence, and found no salvation from the schools. We did not have supportive companions around, or good channels of communication with our parents. We were labeled as rebels as we wasted too much valuable time, and felt isolated. Thus we hoped to change this situation for adolescent children today, so that they have access to a nurturing and encoraging environment.

With a complete and original curriculum, and a stable team of core teachers, we influence our students in the best systematical way. Students may enter Curionesty once they turn 12. At the ages of 12-15, we focus on liberal education. On the general basis of liberal education, we then help students to discover themselves and explore their life mission. At the age of 16-18, students are given more time to explore in a more personalized way, allowing them to think and identify their destiny. After six years of study, an 18-year-old adult graduate from Curionesty will enter into another stage of his or her life, to either pursue higher education or plunge into a career path, with further supports from us. During these six years of study, our education enables students to master basic knowledge, to have an independent personality and clear judgment, to be able to make their own decisions and be responsible, and to ultimately find their own destiny, their true passion, and the courage to go after it.

We hold open classes on Saturdays. In the mornings we provide public elective classes for both the Curionesty students and the public, including Thanatology, Canon Reading, Finding Chengdu, Fine Food Testing, and Common Sense of Games. In the afternoons we organize public activities including reading clubs, football games, bicycle rallying, frisbee contests and more. These activities not only attract students from outside Curionesty School, but also influence them positively.

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Thanks to a group of parents who agree with our philosophy of schooling, the many education goals in Curionesty have been achieved gradually and smoothly. Thanks to our team of teachers who are full of curiosity and action, and are constantly self-learning with a good vision of education, the effect of education is assured and reinforced in Curionesty, where even teachers are provided with appropriate learning opportunities. In addition, we try to make the best use of public resources by exploring all corners of Chengdu. We often have reality classes in local art houses, science and technology museums, and other public spaces. In this sense we are a school without walls, and the whole city is our classroom. Amongst our supporters and co-operators are also many educators and scholars who are concerned about educational innovation. For example, in Thanatology class students will learn from not only professional youth psychologists, but also from university teachers such as Ms. LU Xiaoya from Beijing Normal University with her Image Thanatology class, or from writers and translators such as Ms. PENG Xiaohua who recently translated Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. The support we have from our community, helps us to change educational norms in society, as well as in our school.
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Curionesty School is determined to guide students through a wide range of experiences and in-depth reflections, so that they will actively discover the meaning of life and their own life mission or purpose, growing up into free and independent men and women whose knowledge and actions are one and who always enjoy learning. We are specifically meeting the demand of Chinese parents for more educational choices outside the exam-orientated education system, and filling the gap of self-awareness training in modern industrialized education.


Students who have struggled academically in state schools, have flourished in Curionesty School. Our teaching is not designed to be solely academic focused. Students are encouraged to develop their passions and learn real life skills.


Curionesty School believes the dissemination of educational ideas is by far the most influential way to expand innovative practices. They are open to sharing their ideas and to encourage the development of micro-schools. Curionesty also run summer and winter camps which are open to all young people in China, as well as organizing weekend activities, community events and public electives, which are offered to students outside Curionesty to try and experience. They also customize courses and teacher training programs for traditional schools or institutions.


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