King’s Academy, January 28, 2015 — The first King’s Academy student to be admitted into Cambridge University, Peilin Lai ’15 credits King’s with helping her obtain that much coveted honor.
“King’s is such an open-minded school. We don’t just learn the facts but we learn the ideas behind them. It has really transformed me,” said Lai, who came to King’s all the way from Hangzhou, China as a sophomore in the 2012-2013 academic year.
With a 4.21 GPA, and as a student who constantly features on King’s highest honors list, Lai plans to major in math and computer science at university. And she feels well prepared.
“The teachers are the biggest difference between King’s Academy and my old school in China,” she said. “My math teacher, Ms. Dragana, has always supported me. For example she encouraged me to join a mathematics competition and helped me establish the math club at King’s.”
Lai is one of four King’s students who applied to Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge) this year and all four of them were invited for interviews.
“I’m very proud of Peilin,” Headmaster John Austin said. “It’s a tremendous honor to be accepted in math at Trinity College, Cambridge.”