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1991 

Balboa School was established

Balboa School was established in San Diego, California, USA, as a full blown K-12 college preparatory school. This is the longest running school in Aston.

1992 

Aston International Academy
Aston International Academy was established in Austin, Texas, USA, to help ESL students prepare for higher education in the US.

1996 

Dalian, China

Aston Educational Group entered the Chinese market in Dalian.

1997 

Aston Global Recruitment Division

Aston Global Recruitment Division was established in Washington Boro, New Jersey.

1998 

Aston Education, Research and Development Division is established

Aston Education, Research and Development Division were established, with offices in China and the U.K.

1999 

Jinan, China

Aston English School was established in Jinan, China.

2000

Aston interactive teaching model

Aston English School's success in Dalian triggers its rapid expansion across China.

2001 

Xi’an, China

Aston English School was established in Xi’an, China.

2002 

IPA training method

Aston established its core theory of teaching and lesson preparation with the IPA training method and ‘Aston interactive teaching method’.

2003 

Aston Education R&D department

Aston Education R&D department has completed a full range of 24 textbooks ranging from children to adults, and from English language competence training to business English.

2004 

2004 New Aston schools

Aston English Schools were established in Tangshan, Guiyang, Hanzhong, Xianyang and Lianyungang, China

2005 

2005 New Aston schools

Aston English Schools were established in Yan’an, Yanliang, Taiyuan, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Weinan, Tongchuan, Yinchuan and Baoji, China.

2006 

2006 New Aston schools

Aston English Schools were established in Dongying, Lanzhou, Xingping, Xuzhou and Yulin, China.

2007

Aston's textbook

Aston has begined publishing its own textbooks in China market. 

2007 New Aston schools

Aston English Schools were established in Zibo, Xining, Xiamen, Wenzhou, Hohhot, Mianyang, Hefei and Linyi, China.

2008 

2008 New Aston schools

Aston English Schools were established in Ankang (Shaanxi), Weifang (Shandong), Yantai (Shandong), Erdos (Inner Mongolia) and Xiangyang (Hubei), China. 

Aston Vietnam

Aston established its first school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

2009

2009 New Aston schools

Aston English Schools were established in Jining (Shandong), Luoyang (Henan), and Yuncheng (Shanxi), China.

Aston E-buddy online learning system launched online

Aston E-buddy online learning system launched online as Aston’s first foray into online educational software tools. 

Aston introduced the ‘Aston A+’ brand

Aston introduced the ‘Aston A+’ brand.

2010 

Aston’s TEFL Program

Aston’s TEFL Program successfully trained more than 100 foreign teachers, signifying Aston’s leading role in English teacher training. 

Global strategic partners

Aston A+ formed a global strategic partnership with ETL Learning, National Geographic, Cengage Learning, and MM Publications. It introduced an original American curriculum and education systems into China. 

Online Training Program

Aston English introduced its online training program, providing online training for foreign teachers before and during their stay at Aston. 

Test service center education (BES) in Boston, USA

Aston English centers have been officially recognized by Boston Educational Services (BES) to deliver SLATE and iTEP exams at Aston centers in China.

2011

2011 New Aston schools

Aston English Schools were established in Tengzhou (Shandong), Weihai (Shandong), Dalateqi (Inner Mongolia), Binzhou (Shandong), Tianshui (Gansu), Chang’an (Shaanxi), Xilinhot (Inner Mongolia) and Wuhai (Inner Mongolia), China. 

Oxford Associates

Oxford Associates became a member of Aston Educational Group and began its business training program.

2012 

100 schools in Aston

The opening of the newest Jinan Aston A+ School marked Aston’s 100th School

2012 New Aston Schools

Aston English Schools were established in Lu’ an (Anhui), Jingzhou (Hubei), Zouping (Shandong) and Korla (Xinjiang). 

Aston Abroad was established

Aston Abroad was established to provide ethical and cost effective overseas study services to students across Asia. 

Aston Educational Group’s Balboa School International Division was fully established

Aston Educational Group’s Balboa School International Division was fully established, engaged in Sino-US Senior High School (Dual Diploma) Programs.

Shenzhen Jiahua Language School joined Aston Education Group.

“Aston 3.0” era

Aston English entered the ‘Aston 3.0’ era with the aim of comprehensively developing students’ English language abilities following American educational ideologies.

Gua Gua

“Gua Gua Online” software was developed and put into use in Aston English schools across the country.

2013 

Aston education group merged and acquired New Horizons

Aston acquired New Horizons, a top ranked SAT test preparation and language arts school with three locations in Shanghai. 

Aston’s’Gua Gua.

Aston’s ’Gua Gua online’ was combined with Ebuddy and launched an international version in Vietnam, paving the way for use in other countries in the future.

2013 New Aston schools

Aston English Schools were established in Hancheng (Shaanxi), Lintong (Shaanxi), Liaocheng (Shandong), Taian (Shandong), Wuzhong, Zhongwei and Shizuishan (Ningxia), China. 

New school in Aston Vietnam

Aston Vietnam established the 4th school in Ho Chi Minh City.

2014

2014 New Aston schools

Aston English Schools were established in Zhaoqing (Guangdong), Changshaxian (Hunan), Zhucheng (Shandong), Liquan (Shaanxi), Jingyang (Shaanxi), Zhouzhi (Shaanxi), and Meixian (Shaanxi). 

Aston Vietnam opened new school

Aston Vietnam opened the 6th school in Can Tho, Vietnam. 

Chengdu Experimental Foreign Language High School

Balboa City School International began a Dual Diploma Program in cooperation with Chengdu Experimental Foreign Language High School. 

The high graduation rates

In the US-China Dual Diploma Program at Balboa School in the United States, graduates of the first term were admitted by the top 100 world-renowned universities, 16 of whom were admitted by the world's top 50 prestigious universities, 23 by the US public Ivy League schools, and a total of 8 people received scholarships ranging from $15,000 per year. 

2015 

Balboa School’s US-China Dual Diploma Program
Balboa School’s US-China Dual Diploma Program has successively cooperated in Jiahui Yangguang High School in Dalian, Liaoning Province and Kaifeng High School in Henan Province. 

2015 New Aston schools

The Aston English brand entered into Huangpu District of Guangzhou, and Dali County, Shaanxi Province. It symbolizes that Aston has once again expanded greatly and entered into the markets of first-tier cities and counties as well.

2016

Aston celebrated the 20th anniversary

Aston celebrated our 20th anniversary with a celebration in Dalian, China, with guests from the US Consulate, US University partners, and leaders from district, city and provincial government.

Balboa Overseas Study

Balboa Overseas Study became a member of the National University Admissions Council and established cooperation with 360 universities around the world.

In March 2016

In March 2016, Balboa Overseas Study led a delegation consisting of 21 outstanding high school students to participate in the 64th Berkeley Model United Nations World Championships. 

The first Aston National English Debate Competition

The first Aston National English Debate Competition was successfully held, and more than 100 students from all over the country took part in the participation. 

Connect School in Toronto, Canada

Aston Educational Group completed the acquisition of Connect School in Toronto, Canada.

2017 

The Second Annual “Aston Cup” Debate Competition

The Second Annual “Aston Cup” Debate Competition was successfully held in cities across China. 

2017 New Aston Schools

New Aston Schools were opened across China in the cities of Jinan (Shandong), Guyuan (Ningxia), Yuanping (Shanxi), Laiwu (Shandong), Yangling (Shaanxi), Ningbo (Zhejiang), Lantian (Shaanxi), Huaiji (Guangdong), Jiaxiang (Shandong), and Sanya (Hainan). 

“Continuity and Change”

“Continuity and Change” – 2017 Aston Educational Group Annual Meeting was successfully held in Vietnam. 

Aston Humanities School Establishment

The establishment of ‘Astonian Academy’ internal online learning platform was established, helping Aston work towards its goal of being a learning organization. 

Bear Bell APP release

iBearBell APP was promoted and launched nationwide. With the help of AR technology, the APP enables the three-dimensional and scene-based English learning on phones and pads. 

Brand VI Upgrade to 4.0

Aston Visual Identity system was updated, which deeply highlighted the brand individuality of Aston English.

Gua Gua APP 

Gua Gua APP was launched, further helping students and parents make learning more convenient.

Aston Educational Travel Tours

More than one thousand students participated in Aston Educational Travel Tours across the world.

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Time Zones Textbook Update

Aston (China) rolled out updated Time Zones curriculum for higher level learners in cooperation with National Geographic Learning. 

The 6th Annual Aston National Teacher Skills Competition

The 6th Annual Aston National Teacher Skills Competition was successfully held in Xi'an, Shaanxi. 

The 3rd Annual National Affiliated Campus Sales Skills Competition

The 3rd Annual National Affiliated Campus Sales Skills Competition was successfully held in Zouping City. 

Tian Xiao Opens Now

Aston Educational Group partnered with Beijing Baijia Yunto Technology, introducing the Tianxiao SAAS system across the company. 

Introduction of Gaosi mathematics

Aston Education Group reached the strategic cooperation with Gaosi Education Group for the introduction of math courses in select cities.

Balboa basketball team visited China

Balboa International School basketball team came to China for a 16-day tour. A bridge between Chinese and American culture has been built in 8 Chinese cities with basketball as the link.

2018 

2018 New Aston schools

New Aston schools were opened across China in the cities of Jinan(Shandong), Xining(Qinghai), Guiyang(Guizhou), WuQi(Shaanxi), Haiyang(Shandong), Zibo(Shandong), Huaiji(Guangdong), Binxian (Shaanxi), Yinchuan(Ningxia), Jining(Shandong), Binzhou(Shandong), and Zouping(Shandong).

“Change a Life” scholarship program

Balboa School initiated the “Change a Life” scholarship program across the world, seeking out highly gifted students to attend Balboa School on a full-ride scholarship, and assisting them to get acceptance to top universities.  

The 11th China Speaks International English Contest

The 11th China Speaks International English Contest was successfully held by Aston (China). 

‘Channel A’ platform

As the spokespersons of Aston, David Wisner, founder and chairman of Aston and CEO Adam Godwin opened the ‘Channel A’ platform to better communicate with students, parents and employees.

‘Educational Leader Award Won by David

David Wisner, Executive Chairman and Founder of Aston Educational Group, was honored the Tencent ‘HuiXiang China’ 2018 Educational Leader award at a ceremony held in Beijing for his leading role and outstanding contributions to the education industry. 


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