International, American curriculum
Ages 3 to 18

Shanghai American School

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CurriculumInternational, American
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): 元252,000
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: 元252,000
This school has more than one campus in Shanghai:
Pudong Campus: Ages 3 to 18
Puxi Campus: Ages 3 to 18

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

US or Canadian

Ratio of local students to international students

100% international

Max. number of students per class

Pre-Kindergarten: 12-14 students
Kindergarten: 15 students
Grade 1: 16 students
Grade 2: 17 students
Grades 3 to 12: 18 students
Pre-K to Grade 1 – Every classroom has a teacher assistant to assist the class teacher at all times.
Grade 2 to Grade 5 – Teachers share one or more teacher assistants between each grade level.

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

English as an Additional Language

Additional language classes offered by the school

Mandarin, French, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

At Shanghai American School, technology is an integral component of instruction that enhances and transforms learning. A variety of devices, software applications, and web-based resources are used in effective, age-appropriate ways for students throughout each level of their learning. Elementary instruction includes the use of mobile devices, such as iPads and laptops. For students in grade 6-12, laptops are an essential tool for learning, and Bring Your Own Macintosh (BYOM) program is designed to maximize educational outcomes across all subjects. DREAMS spaces on both campuses support real-world, interdisciplinary, technology-infused learning. Students have access to powerful, engaging, and interactive technologies, including 3D printers, vinyl cutters, drones and robots, and a variety of materials and media. With proper guidance these are not merely used as novel toys or gadgets, but as powerful, engaging tools that drive and transform learning.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

The amount of homework varies by grade levels and gradually increases to the heavier academic load of the school's college preparatory program. The amount of time a child spends each night on homework depends upon his or her academic background, study skills, maturity level, and organizational skills.

Uniform required


Entry evaluation for students

Interview and assessment.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma, Advanced Placement

School bus service available


The school supports gifted, able and talented students

SAS does not have a gifted program. However, it is a school of high expectations and provides individual focus on student learning. If your child is advanced in some areas, the teachers will teach them according to their level.

School start time


School finish time


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Chess, culture, digital art, digital film making, engineering, fashion, French, fringe club, Japanese manga and Anime, live music club, Math, poetry, peer tutoring, programming, robotics, roots and shoots, ropes and rocks, social justice, social media, space academy, theatre, yearbook photo club, botany research, electronic arts, fantasy sport, food appreciation, footprints, habitat club, Ka Pop dance, medical club, newspaper club, pilates, Wokai.

School provided lunches


Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

Multiple gym and fitness rooms, basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer pitches and running tracks.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Established in 1912, SAS is a top-tier benchmark school with over 3,000 students from 40 countries. SAS is an independent, non-denominational school set on two expansive campuses. It offers a challenging American core curriculum with an international perspective that will inspire a passion for learning and a life-long commitment to intellectual vitality and global thinking that will pervade every aspect of the students' lives. With full IB Diploma and AP courses, modern science labs, integrated technologies in all classrooms, and the largest English language K-12 media library in Shanghai, the school's program reflects the needs of its multinational student body, as well as the school community's expectations for academic rigor. Students are actively encouraged to pursue a wide range of interests beyond the classroom through our extensive music, arts and sports programs and activities.