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Which International School is Best?



Edited by Dennis Ming Nichols

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If you are moving your family to Shanghai, you will need to find a way to send your children to school. Luckily, Shanghai has a wide range. Costs vary -- some are very expensive compared to what you may be used to in your home country. I also know of several expats who are doing home-schooling or use the local Chinese school system. These alternative options are detailed at the end of this article. But first, here is a bit of information on international-style (read private) schools:

Shanghai American School is probably the most established and well-touted international school in Shanghai and utilizes an American curriculum. Stepping onto either campus is like magically transporting to a suburban school anywhere in the States. SAS also has a wide range of extra-curricular activities and prides itself in its international community. Pre-K thru 12, ¥111,836-177,187, IB affiliated

Where: One campus in Minghang, one in Pudong (near the beach)
Tel: (8621) 6221-1445

Shanghai Community International School (SCIS), according to its vision statement, is an “international school with U.S. curricular underpinnings and an independent school approach and philosophy.” There are two SCIS campuses (Hongqiao and Pudong) and a separate Early Childhood Development Center. The school has an impressive extra-curricular lineup and an “advisor” system that helps students develop according to their individual abilities. Pre-K thru 12, ¥115,000-198,000, IB and AP affiliated.

SCIS - Hongqiao Campus
Address: 1161 Hongqiao Road
Tel:  (8621) 6261-4338

SCIS - Pudong Campus
Lower School Address: 800 Xiuyan Road, Kangqiao, Pudong
Upper School Address: 198 Hengqiao Road, Kangqiao, Pudong
Tel:  (8621) 5812-9888

Yew Chung International School of Shanghai is a branch of the Hong Kong-based Yew Chung Educational Foundation.  The school puts a strong emphasis on bilingual education and an East-meets-West curriculum. According to their website, they stress a “holistic” approach to education and are associated with the Christian faith. K thru 12, ¥167,000-214,000, IB affiliated

Address: There are four locations all serving a different grade levels (Hongqiao, Gubei, Century Park, Regency Park)
Tel: (8621) 6219-5910 ext. 222


The British International School, Shanghai is associated with Nord Anglia line of world schools and uses a British curriculum. Two campuses can be found on each side of the river. Pre-K thru 12, ¥159,445-228,240, IB affiliated
Website:, and
Where: Forest Manor Residential Park in Puxi; Cambridge Forest New Town in Pudong; Nanxiang Town
Tel:  (8621) 5226-3211 Ext. 1510 (Puxi);  (8621) 5812-7455 Ext. 1015 (Pudong); (8621) 5912 5755 (Nanxiang)


Concordia International School, Shanghai follows an American curriculum, puts a strong emphasis on Mandarin acquisition, and has a full lineup of extra-curricular activities. The school is associated with the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Pre-K thru 12, ¥146,000-195,000, AP (Advanced Placement) affiliated
Where: 999 Ming Yue Road, Jinqiao, Pudong
Solveig Kettinger, Director of Admissions
Tel: (8621) 5899-0380, Ext. 3000

Dulwich College of Shanghai follows an advanced English and International Baccalaureate Curriculum. The school also has a variety of extra-curriculars and community programs (err…programmes).  K thru 12, ¥156,700-211,200, IB affiliated
Where: 266 Lan’an Road, Pudong
Tel: (8621) 5899-9910 x204

This short list includes established schools with a primarily English-language focus and American or British curriculum. There are schools that cater to other nationalities (German, French, Japanese, etc), Chinese-run schools with an international division, and experimental schools where both locals and foreigners attend. For a full list of international schools, check out the Wikipedia article here:
For information regarding international schools including reviews and parents’ experiences, you can check out the forum topic here:
For information about putting your student in a local school, check out the forum topic here:

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