Boston Roundtable is a local education company in the Pioneer Valley area of Western Massachusetts specializing in family-oriented education and growth facilitation for students of all backgrounds. Across all our academic subjects, we place a heavy emphasis on computational thinking and collaborative effort in order to create a comfortable, personalized learning environment. Our staff members are educators from the valley area and greater New England college systems, who come with a family-centered understanding of what makes a successful educational experience.
The company was initially founded in Boston in 2014 as a support system for international students in America. Although that remains a key part of the services we provide to this day, our full vision has grown over time to become a multifaceted education endeavor specializing in students and teachers of every background. Across the year, Boston Roundtable plans educational courses and tutoring services to local students, as well as travel programs for visiting Chinese students tailored specifically to their interests. We also send American teachers abroad to teach a wide range of subjects.
The name "Boston Roundtable" comes from our goal of fostering cross-cultural connections and respect. A roundtable (圆桌) has practical function in Chinese dining etiquette, but also carries the implication that all parties involved are equal and have access to the same resources. We hope to bring this level of respect and equality to all of our programming endeavors and those who utilize our services. The main services we offer include:
This Fall, we will give our local educational initiatives a home by opening our first ever learning center in Hadley, MA! With courses in Lego Robotics, Coding, Interactive Journalism, Creative Writing and more, as well as an overall emphasis on computational thinking across all academic spheres, Boston Roundtable will help to create an experience that not only acts as a supplement to your child's school learning, but also grows concurrently with it!
Boston Roundtable offers educational camp programs with focuses in STEM, humanities, as well as college and preparatory school exploration. The programs are generally operated out of the greater northeast area, but can travel as far as California! Our proximity to multiple ivy league schools, whose students help to staff our programs, ensures that visiting students get an immersive experience in both English and the American higher education environment.
Across the school year, we assist international students with their American college application experience. With the help of our trained staff, as well as support from recent ivy graduates, Boston Roundtable guides students through every step of the process - from extracurricular planning for early intervention students, to essay drafting to interview preparation for junior and senior years.
Boston Roundtable sources recent college graduates from across the United States to teach abroad throughout China. With our assistance, qualified applicants are paired with an accredited school that best matches their profile, and complete an immersive, yearlong program. Boston Roundtable sources graduates with expertise in a variety of subjects (not just English), and thoroughly vets both schools and applicants to ensure the best match for students.
Whether you’re a community member hoping to supplement your child's school education, a teacher looking to go abroad, a Chinese student exploring education in the US, Boston Roundtable has something for you!
About Our CEO
Shucheng Zhang (张淑成) is the CEO and founder of Boston Roundtable. He initially started the company with the intention of furthering cross-cultural exchange, as well as providing support networks for Chinese students studying or intending to study in the United States. Over time, he expanded this vision into college preparation services, student tour groups, cultural centers, teacher exchanges into China, and more.
Prior to coming to America, Shucheng studied law at Peking University and spent several years working for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the US, Shucheng has taught Chinese at a run of ivy-league and other top-ranking schools including Harvard, Yale, Brown and MIT. His academic background allows him to recognize the importance of reinforced educational instruction, which is applied across all of Boston Roundtable’s programming.
Shucheng currently lives in the Pioneer Valley with his wife and two sons.