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Beijing is the most expensive city in the world for international education. But if you’ve looked into re-locating to China’s capital at all, you’ll already know that. So let’s move past the bad news and tell you all the things you really need to know about international schools in one of the world’s biggest cities.

The demand for international schooling in China is staggering. There are hundreds of thousands of international students in the country already, and the numbers are expected to rise rapidly over the coming years. Around half of the country’s international schools are located in Beijing and Shanghai. But even though there is a wealth of schools to choose from, competition is still high.

Western-style international education is what everyone in Beijing wants for their child. That goes for the high number of expats in the city as well as the middle class locals. Such is the demand, in fact, that a number of different types of international schools have emerged.

Firstly, public schools for native students are now offering ‘international education streams’. This usually means that the Chinese curriculum is taught through English.

Next up are local private schools. These are not available to non-native students, but they offer internationally-recognised curricula and bilingual teaching. Essentially, they’re Beijing’s own version of an international school.

Then there are co-operative schools, partnerships between international and local Chinese education groups. Expat and native students can attend and the curriculum is international.

Last but not least, there are traditional foreign-owned international schools which enrol expat students exclusively. These are the schools that come with the sky-high fees you’ve heard so much about. The good news, however, is that they also come with sky-high standards of education.

Beijing’s international schools are among the best on the planet. They have the best facilities, the best educational programs, and their students achieve the highest grades. Rest assured, the price is worth it. And if you’re lucky enough to have some or most of the cost covered by your relocation package, even better.

Another advantage that international schools in Beijing can boast about is the language offering. All types of schools place an emphasis on learning about Chinese culture. This often includes teaching through Chinese or offering it as an additional language subject. The ability to speak a near-fluent level of Mandarin is, of course, a highly valuable skill for anyone. Learning it from a young age at schools will work wonders in helping your child achieve this.

Chinese aspects aside, there is a wide array of international curricula available in Beijing. British, American, German, Australian, Swiss, French, Canadian, International Baccalaureate and everything in between; it’s all here. There is no doubt that if you choose an international school in Beijing for your child, they’ll get a top tier education that will set them up for the rest of their life.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Beijing. However, there are another 29 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Beijing based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Beijing

Out of a total of 39 International Schools in Beijing.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

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3e International School

In 3e International School we take a visionary approach to dual language immersion education. Our young learners become fluent in Chinese and English in a nurturing school environment uniquely designed to develop children’s ability to move fluidly across cultures.
Curriculum
International, Research-based
Languages of instruction
English, Chinese
Ages
2 to 12
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元206,000
to: 元228,900
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Beijing BISS International School

Beijing BISS International School was founded in 1994 by its sister school, ISS International School in Singapore, as an independent proprietary, co-educational, English-language day school offering an international curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 students from the expatriate community of Beijing. The 11,000 square meter campus is conveniently located near major expatriate residential areas in central Beijing, located just of the North of Third Ring Road, close to the Olympic Games Village.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Yew Chung International School of Beijing

- Our School combines the best of Eastern and Western cultures by promoting fluency in two major world languages, creating a truly multicultural and bilingual learning environment.
- We also provide excellent role models through our Co-Teacher and Co-Principal models.
- The Yew Chung international curriculum and philosophy equips children not only to become well-rounded, but also transforms them into global-minded, competitive, appreciative, and caring global citizens.
- YCIS Beijing is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). It is also authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as an IB World School and as a Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Centre.
- YCIS Beijing is also authorised to offer IGCSE, IBDP, and it is the only international school in China to receive the Cambridge Award for Excellence in Education from the University of Cambridge International Examinations.
Curriculum
IB, British
Languages of instruction
English, Chinese
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元192,000
to: 元311,000

International School of Beijing

ISB has a history of excellence spanning four decades, its Mission fulfilled by passionate, highly qualified educators who want the best for every student. The school is dedicated to programs that are most effective for learning and as a progressive school, ISB responds to students’ changing needs. Research-based programs and outstanding facilities mean students are prepared for success in a world changing at a breathtaking pace. ISB enjoys a track record of excellent learning outcomes, with students attending colleges which are most appropriate for them. The school’s commitment to realizing students’ potential is built around nurturing their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元216,510
to: 元322,020

Western Academy of Beijing

Learning at WAB is a transformative process which is intentional and iterative, challenging and joyful, and serves an authentic purpose. As an independent, non-profit international school, licensed in China as a 'School for Children of Foreign Nationals', WAB has complete control of our own curriculum, and we are able to design learning for students based on the best of education from around the world.
WAB's Curriculum is based on the IB programme frameworks and a selection of global standards and resources, ensuring progression through the years. Our standards-informed curriculum is adaptable and secure, challenging and joyful, and serves the authentic purpose of developing knowledgeable global citizens.
Throughout their education at WAB, students are empowered to have voice, choice and ownership of their learning. Using innovative teaching and learning strategies, our learners are taught to plan, research, take action and reflect on their learning. At all stages, student needs and interests help shape the curriculum and learning.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元225,400
to: 元344,600

The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun

Located in the heart of downtown Beijing in the leafy Embassy district, we are the only English national curriculum Early Years and Primary school in the area. Our school has a strong community feel and our student body is made up of over 60 different nationalities offering children a truly international educational experience.
We are part of the worldwide Nord Anglia Education family. Through our Global Campus students have opportunities for extended learning beyond the classroom through unique challenges and activities, connecting students around the world to learn together every day.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 11
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元219,500
to: 元278,000

The British School of Beijing, Shunyi

The British School of Beijing, Shunyi is a large international school offering Early Years, Primary, German Primary and Secondary education in one campus, providing premium education to students from 60 nationalities. BSB’s world class teachers ensure your child experiences accelerated learning enabling their entry into the world’s leading universities. Students follow an enhanced English National Curriculum and complete the IGCSE examinations at age 16. Senior students aged 17 & 18 study for the IB Diploma. Our German Primary Programme for native German-speaking students study core subjects taught in German while integrating into the English Curriculum with non-core subjects.
As part of Nord Anglia Education’s family of 70+ schools around the world, BSB benefits from collaborations with preeminent organisations including MIT, The Juilliard School and UNICEF.
Curriculum
IB, British, German
Languages of instruction
English, German
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元212,915
to: 元318,790

AISB-Hope International

AISB-Hope International is a Grade 1 to Grade 12 character-focused school serving children of expatriate families in the Beijing community. It follows American-based curriculum and academic standards. AISB-Hope offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses for its high school students. All classes other than Chinese are taught in English. Curricular programs include STEM, humanities, fine arts, and philosophy. AISB-Hope provides support to students with diverse learning needs as well as tailored support for English language learners. Students participate in ISAC, JISAC, and BASE sports leagues. AISB-Hope International is accredited by ACS WASC and ACSI. It offers SAT, PSAT, AP, MAP, and ACT for its students.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元148,000
to: 元276,000

Keystone Academy

Keystone Academy is an innovative and unique school in China and the world. It draws from Chinese, American and International learning traditions and weaves them into a powerful bilingual education model. It is truly one-of-its kind in China.
Keystone Academy includes a boarding program, optional in grades seven and eight, and mandatory in grades 9-12.
Curriculum
IB, American, Chinese
Languages of instruction
English, Chinese
Ages
5 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元250,000
to: 元387,500

Swiss School Beijing

The Swiss School Beijing is the first “Swiss School Abroad” in China and offers a unique window onto the Swiss education system. This system was built on the pedagogical principles introduced by J.H. Pestalozzi in the 18th century, and has contributed significantly towards Switzerland’s present-day ranking as the most innovative country worldwide. Education has always played a central role in the social, cultural and economic growth of Switzerland.
Our school nurtures:
A spirit of exploration and the motivation to learn
Creativity and innovation
Self-confidence and empathy
Responsibility and reliability
Respect for others and the environment
The ability to learn and the willingness to perform
Curriculum
Swiss
Language of instruction
German
Ages
3 to 10
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元185,000
to: 元243,000

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