The Ultimate Guide to International Schools in Shanghai 2020

By Urban Family, January 8, 2020

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This article originally appeared on our sister website, Urban Family Shanghai.


It can be tough and overwhelming to find the right school for your children, especially if you are new to a country or changing their education journey. So, we are here to help with our comprehensive list of international schools to assist you in making the perfect choice.

Concordia International School Shanghai

Concordia

Concordia International SchoolConcordia International School Shanghai is a co-educational day school for students ages 3 to 18, located in the heart of Jinqiao – one of Shanghai’s largest international communities. Concordia is recognized for their dedication to academic excellence and providing well-developed sports, arts, service and applied learning programs. Their caring, passionate and award-winning faculty deliver a comprehensive American curriculum and pioneer programs that guide individual students towards achieving their educational goals. The vibrant and caring community at Concordia creates the ideal foundation for the entire family’s success.

Location: Pudong
Established: 1998
Age of students: 3-18
No. of students: 1,300+
Nationalities: 30
School levels: Early Childhood / Junior / High
Curriculum: Advanced Placement / Applied Learning
Languages taught: English / Mandarin / Spanish
Extracurricular activities: 150+ Includes academic clubs, competitive sports, fine arts, STEM and service
Popular compounds: Beverly Hills / Dawn Garden / Green Villa / Green Court / Shimao Lakeside Garden / Vizcaya Villa

Concordia

See listing for Concordia International School Shanghai. Visit official website.


Western International School of Shanghai

WISS

WISSThe Western International School of Shanghai is the only full continuum IB World School in mainland China authorized to offer all four IB Programs: Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, Diploma Program and Career-Related Program. They value academic achievement and holistic approaches to learning that include fostering collaboration, caring and open-mindedness. Their wish is for every child who leaves WISS to be a well-balanced global citizen with a desire to serve others and contribute to the future as a leader.

Location: Qingpu
Established: 2006
Age of students: 21⁄2-17+
Nationalities: 50+
No. of students: around 770
School levels: Early Years / Primary / Secondary
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate (PYP, MYP, DP, CP)
Languages taught: Chinese / Korean / Spanish / German
Extracurricular: 50+
Popular compounds: Le Chambord / Green Villas / Jiu Shi Xi Jiao Villa / Shanghai Racquet Club / Yanlord Riverside Garden / Yanlord Western Garden / Oasis Riviera

WISS

See listing for Western International School of Shanghai. Visit official website.


Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS)

YCIS

YCIS ShanghaiYew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS Shanghai) is renowned for offering one of the most progressive and globally-minded programs of international education in China. Established in 1993 as Shanghai’s first international school officially recognized by and registered with the Chinese government, the school now has five campuses in prime locations in Puxi and Pudong. YCIS Shanghai’s unique multicultural and bilingual approach is just one of the features that set it apart from others, providing a truly international education that develops caring, well-rounded, global citizens.

Location: Puxi & Pudong
Established: 1993
Age of students: 2-18
No. of students: 2,500
Nationalities: 52
School levels: K2–Year 13
Curriculum: International Curriculum, IGCSE and IBDP, Unique Chinese Language and Culture Programme
Languages taught: English / Mandarin / Spanish
Extracurricular activities: ACAMIS, CISSA and SISAC sports, music, performing arts, technology and robotics, chess, swimming, tennis, LEGO, Mad Science, Model United Nations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
Popular compounds: (Puxi) Yanlord Riverside Garden, Mandarin City, Gubei International Garden, Maison Des Artistes, Oasis Riviera, Green Valley Villas, Windsor Park, Windsor Place; (Pudong) Kerry Parkside Residences, Green Villas, Green Court, Fraser Suites, Lianyang Garden, Regency Park Villas, Season’s Villas

YCIS

See listing for Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS). Visit official website.


Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong

NAIS

NAIS PudongAt NAIS Pudong, they nurture every child to achieve academic success, enabling entry into the world’s leading universities. Globally respected curricula are enhanced by collaborations with pre-eminent organisations such as Juilliard, MIT and UNICEF to ensure that every child develops the skills and mindset needed to thrive in an ever-changing world.

As a parent, you want your child to excel, so do we.

Location: Pudong
Established: 2002
Age of students: 2-18
No. of students: 600+
Nationalities: 50+
School levels: Early Years / Primary / Secondary
Curriculum: English National Curriculum / IGCSE / International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Languages taught: English / French / German / Korean / Mandarin / Spanish
Extracurricular activities: 135+
Popular compounds: Bell Wood Villa / Cambridge Forest Newtown / Tiziano Villas / The Emerald

NAIS Pudong

See listing for Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong. Visit official website.


Britannica International School Shanghai

Britannica International School Shanghai

BritannicaBritannica International School Shanghai pride themselves on being the only school in the city that is British-owned, with fully-trained teachers from the UK. They deliver the English National Curriculum from age 2, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), all the way through to IGCSE and A Levels. Their commitment to providing small class sizes means they have the time to identify, nurture and celebrate the excellence in their students. They combine high academic standards with excellent pastoral care to nurture students in becoming the global citizens and leaders of tomorrow.

Location: Gubei
Established: 2013
Age of students: 2-18
No. of students: 750
Nationalities: 40+
School levels: Early Childhood / Primary / Secondary
Curriculum: A Levels / English National Curriculum / IGCSE
Languages taught: English / French / Hebrew / Italian / Japanese / Korean / Mandarin / Spanish
Extracurricular activities: 100+ Includes sports, music, dance, cooking classes and homework clubs
Popular compounds: Gubei International Garden / Hongqiao Golf Villa / Mandarine City & City 2 / The Summit / Yanlord Riverside Garden

Britannica

See listing for Britannica International School Shanghai. Visit official website.


The British International School Shanghai, Puxi

BISS

British International SchoolThe British International School Shanghai follows the English National Curriculum from Early Years through to IGCSE and on to the International Baccalaureate. They have a long pedigree of academic excellence that enables students to enter the finest universities around the world. In partnership with Juilliard and MIT, their programs allow students to make the most of their world-class facilities to become confident and creative professionals.

Location: Minhang
Established: 2004
Age of students: 2-18
No. of students: 2,000
Nationalities: 60+
School levels: Early Childhood / Junior / Senior
Curriculum: English National Curriculum / IGCSE / International Baccalaureate / International Primary Curriculum
Languages taught: Dutch / English / French / German / Korean / Mandarin / Spanish
Extracurricular activities: 120+ Includes photography, sports, debating, gardening, newspaper editing, drama and science club
Popular compounds: Leewah Villas / Forest Manor / Kingdom Park / Rancho Santa Fe / Risen Villa

BISS

See listing for The British International School Shanghai, Puxi. Visit official website.


Harrow International School Shanghai

Harrow

Harrow International School ShanghaiFounded in 2016 as part of the Harrow Family of Schools, Harrow Shanghai is connected to 450 years of global excellence via the unique Harrow genetics, which bind their schools together. A Harrow Shanghai education is based on the same ethos and identity that has characterised a Harrow education in the UK for centuries, and here you will find a school where the best of Western and Eastern traditions, history and heritage are seamlessly fused.

Leadership for a better world.

Location: Pudong
Established: 2016
Age of students: 18 months-18 years
No. of students: 400+
Nationalities: 20+
School levels: Early Years / Pre-Prep / Prep / Senior
Curriculum: Early Years Foundation Stage / English National Curriculum / IGCSE / A Level
Languages taught: Mandarin / Spanish / English
Extracurricular activities: Includes a wide range of team and individual sports, music, art, drama, cultural and academic extension activities
Popular compounds: Green Court / Lanson Place / Yanlord Garden

Harrow

See listing for Harrow International School Shanghai. Visit official website.


Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

Dulwich College Shanghai PudongDulwich College Shanghai Pudong provides high-quality education for over 1,600 students from toddler to Year 13. The college draws on 400 years of excellence in education from its connection with Dulwich College in London and combines this with the best of modern teaching based on the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Their vision and purpose is to create the best schools in the world, so their students make a positive difference.

Location: Pudong
Established: 2003
Age of students: 2-18
No. of students: 1,600+
Nationalities: 43
School levels: Kindergarten / Junior / Senior
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme / IGCSE
Languages taught: English / French / German / Mandarin / Spanish
Extracurricular activities: 300+, includes sports, performing arts, academics, film, debating and robotics
Popular compounds: Green Court / Green Villa / The Greenhills / Vizcaya Villa / Willowbrook

Dulwich Pudong

See listing for Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong. Visit official website.


Wellington College International Shanghai

Wellington College International Shanghai

Wellington College International ShanghaiOpened in August 2014 and located in the New Bund area, Wellington College International Shanghai is a fully coeducational day school with over 1,300 pupils, aged 3 to 18 years old. Consistent with the ethos of its prestigious partner in the UK, the College seeks to develop the ‘Wellington Identity’ in every child. Wellingtonians are encouraged to be Inspired, Intellectual, Independent, Individual and Inclusive. Boasting a state-of-the-art campus, Wellington has built a vibrant community where all pupils strive to achieve academic excellence and engage in a comprehensive range of opportunities in music, performing arts and sports.

Location: Pudong
Established: 2014
Age of students: 3-18
No. of students: 1,300
Nationalities: 40+
Levels: Nursery to Year 13
Curriculum: English National Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum, IGCSE and IBDP
Languages taught: English / Mandarin / French / Spanish
Extracurricular options: Includes sports, performing arts, enrichment activities and an academic selection
Popular compounds: Shimao Riviera Gardens / Yanlord Garden & Town / Pujiang Town / Central Residences 1 & 2

Wellington

See listing for Wellington College International Shanghai. Visit official website.


Shanghai American School

Shanghai American School

Shanghai American SchoolIt seems that no matter what SAS visitors are looking for in the school, they come away with the same conclusion: “I wish I would’ve gone to school here when I was a kid.” Looking for a rigorous academic environment that can prepare your child for some of the world’s most laudable colleges, universities and fine arts programs? You can find that there. Seeking a philosophy that will nurture your child both inside and outside the classroom? They have dozens of clubs, service learning opportunities and sports teams. Searching for top facilities? Theirs are unmatched in Shanghai. All of which has caused more than a few alumni to return to campus and say, “I wish I was still in school here.”

Locations: Pudong & Puxi
Established: 1912
Age of students: 3-18
No. of students: 2,700+
Nationalities: 44
School levels: Pre-K / Kindergarten / Elementary School / Middle School / High School
Curriculum: Advanced Placement / IGCSE / International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Languages taught: English / French / Mandarin / Spanish
Extracurricular activities: 100+

Shanghai American School

See listings for Shanghai American School (Pudong Campus, Puxi Campus). Visit official website.


Shanghai Singapore International School

SSIS

Shanghai Singapore International SchoolWith over 23 years of educational excellence, SSIS provides multiple pathways for their students to be successful in every aspect of their development. In addition to providing a disciplined and rigorous learning environment, they believe in the holistic development of a resourceful, confident and independent learner. From the expansion of their learning facilities, introduction of up-to-date programs and beefing up of the teaching talents and resources in the new year, SSIS is establishing itself as the best learning environment.

Locations: Minhang
Established: 1996
Age of students: 2-18
Nationalities: 37+
No. of students: 1,400
Levels: Early Childhood / Junior / High
Curriculum: Preschool & Primary School: Singapore-based curriculum Senior School: Pre-IGCSE, IGCSE, IBDP
Languages taught: English / Chinese
Extracurricular: They offer Co- Curricular Activities Programme for all of their primary school students and more than 45 after school activities, including golf, STEAM, swimming, Model United Nation, orchestra, robotics, SISAC, CISSA and ACAMIS volleyball, basketball, football and track and field. They also partner with many great vendors to offer Weekend Programs which allow their students to participate in areas of interest or to try new challenges.
Popular compounds: Jin Feng International Community, Puxi & Pudong Expatriate Community

SSIS

See listing for Shanghai Singapore International School. Visit official website.


Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi

Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi

Dulwich College Shanghai PuxiDulwich College Shanghai Puxi is a leading international school in Shanghai. It is academically selective. It is a co-educational day school, catering to students aged 2 to 15 in classes from toddler to Year 10. Dulwich students study for IGCSEs and later complete the IB Diploma Program. Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi offers a plentiful co-curricular program, whether on the stage, the football pitch or in their Olympic swimming pool, there are many varied activities and interests for students to pursue each day.

Location: Minhang
Established: 2016
Age of students: Age 2-15
No. of students: Approx. 450
Nationalities: 30+
School levels: Currently open to students from toddler to Year 10. Years 11 to 13 will be added in subsequent years.
Curriculum: English National Curriculum, and later, IGCSE and IB Diploma
Languages taught: English, Mandarin, Spanish
Extracurricular activities: Swimming, choir, orchestra, film, photography, drama, debating, MUN, service, ECO, wushu, arts etc.
Popular compounds: Westwood Green, Forest Manor, Leewah Villas, Rancho Santa Fei, Shanghai Racquet Club, Mandarin City, Windsor Court, The Summit, Chevalier, Kingsville, One Park Avenue, Star River, Regency Cove, Rich Gate, Contemporary Spirit

Dulwich Puxi

See listing for Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi. Visit official website.


Fudan International School

Fudan

Fudan International SchoolFudan International School (FDIS) provides a caring environment for your child to grow and learn in Grades 1 through 12. FDIS has both English and Chinese curriculums for international students. Their goal is to deliver an international education with an emphasis on local culture. FDIS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and works in cooperation with many educational and professional organizations and programs, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Board, SAT and the ACT.

Location: Yangpu
Established: 2002
Age of students: 6-18
No. of students: 380
Nationalities: 28
Levels: Grade 1-12 English curriculum / Grades 10-12 Chinese curriculum
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate / Advanced Placement / School-based curriculum
Languages taught: English / Mandarin
Extracurricular activities: Includes football, volleyball, badminton, swimming, film club, photography club, Model United Nations, robotics, skateboarding and organic planting
Popular compounds: Rui Hong Xin Cheng / Xin Jiang Wan Cheng

Fudan International School

See listing for Fudan International School. Visit official website.


Hong Qiao International School

Hong Qiao International School

Hong Qiao International School ShanghaiHong Qiao International School (HQIS) opened its doors in 1997 with just two classes serving 18 preschool students. Since then, their student population has steadily increased. In 2012, HQIS became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized to teach the Primary Years Program (PYP). The IB-PYP program begins in preschool and goes through to Grade 5. At Middle and High School, they offer a strong program based on the American curriculum, with AP as the capstone. They are currently offering AP physics, AP chemistry, AP biology and AP math and will add more AP courses in the future. As one of the leading international schools in Shanghai, they are committed to offering a student- centered holistic education that prepares students for higher education and life beyond the walls of the classroom.

Location: Changning
Established: 1997
Age of students: 18 months to 18 years
No. of students: 600
Nationalities: 35
Curriculum: Emergent curriculum, PYP, American curriculum
Languages taught: English
Extracurricular activities: After School Program

Hong Qiao International School

See listing for Hong Qiao International School. Visit official website.


Shanghai Community International School

SCIS

Shanghai Community International SchoolEstablished in 1996 as one of Shanghai’s first international schools, Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) is a non-profit educational day school, governed by a self-perpetuating board of directors and overseen by the International Schools Foundation. SCIS has three campuses spread across Shanghai, including locations in Puxi and Pudong, and offers a seamless international program for students age two to 18. SCIS nurtures their students to be well-versed in more than one discipline and prepares them for university life and beyond.

Location: Changning & Pudong
Established: 1996
Age of students: 2-18
No. of Students: 1,800+
Nationalities: 60+ nationalities represented
School levels: Nursery to Grade 12
Curriculum: 3 program IB Continuum school (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme)
Languages taught: Primary – English / Other languages learning – Mandarin / Spanish / French / Dutch (LanguageOne) / Korean
Extracurricular activities: 60+, including sports, arts, academics, languages and games
Popular compounds: (Puxi) Gubei International Garden / Rich Garden / Windsor Place; (Pudong) – The Emerald / Shimao Riviera

SCIS

See listings for Shanghai Community International School (Hongqiao ECE Campus, Hongqiao Campus, Pudong Campus). Visit official website.


Shanghai High School International Division

Shanghai High School International Division

Shanghai High School International DivisionFormed out of the original Shanghai High School, which is the only UNESCO- associated school in Shanghai, SHSID is an International Baccalaureate World School founded in 1995. Their mission is to improve students’ multilingual skills, encourage personal growth and emphasize the study of math, science and technology. With a teaching faculty of over 500, there are approximately 120 foreign teachers at the school ready to enhance your child’s learning experience.

Location: Pudong & Xuhui
Established: 1995
Age of students: 7-18
No. of students: 2,800
Nationalities: 60
School levels: Primary / High
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Languages taught: English / French / Japanese / Korean / Mandarin
Extracurricular: Includes arts and sports
Popular compound: Tod Town

Shanghai High School

See listings for Shanghai High School International Division (Puxi Campus, Pudong Campus). Visit official website.


Shanghai Livingston American School

Shanghai Livingston American School

Shanghai Livingston American SchoolWith instruction and activities guided through four core values (proficient communicator, confident individual, creative thinker, compassionate citizen), Shanghai Livingston American School (SLAS) creates an environment of enquiry set against American culture fused with an international perspective, resulting in students receiving an education that prepares them for academic and personal success as global citizens. A majority of their teachers are from the US or Canada. For the 2019-2020 school year they have added additional Kindergarten and Grade 1 classrooms, upgraded computer and lab equipment and added new graphics design classes.

Location: Changning
Established: 2003
Age of students: 2-18
No. of students: 900
Nationalities: 34
School levels: Nursery to Grade 12
Curriculum: Enhanced US Common Core
Languages taught: English / Chinese / Japanese / Spanish
Extracurricular: Student Council, Honors Society, Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Tennis, Floorball, Band, Orchestra, Ballet, Hip Hop, Robotics, Chess, Art, Cooking and more
Popular compounds: Century Garden / City Condo / Green Valley Villa / Windsor Place / Yanlord Garden

SLAS

See listing for Shanghai Livingston American School. Visit official website.

Lycée Français de Shanghai (Shanghai French School)

Shanghai French School
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Shanghai French SchoolThe Shanghai French School is a private and non-profit international school with two campuses, in Qingpu and Yangpu districts. The school belongs to the largest network of international schools abroad, Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE), accredited by the French Ministry of Education, and welcomes more than 1,600 students from 3 to 18 years old, with 47 nationalities represented in the school. Teaching is delivered in three mandatory languages (French, English, Chinese), and the school also provides tailor-made French support for non-native French speakers.

Locations: Qingpu, Yangpu
Established: 1996
Age of students: 3-18
No. of students: 1,605
Nationalities: 47
School levels: K1 (PS) to Grade 12 (Terminale)
Curriculum: French national curriculum enhanced by a challenging languages program
Languages taught: French, English, Chinese, Spanish, German
Extracurricular activities: 70+, including sports, arts and culture

Shanghai French School

See listings for Lycée Français de Shanghai (Qingpu Campus, Yangpu Campus). Visit official website.

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