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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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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 20 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: 元131,000
to: 元293,000
This school has more than one campus in Shanghai:
Hongqiao Campus: Ages 6 to 18

Address: 1161 Hongqiao Road, Changning Shanghai, China 200051

Hongqiao ECE Campus: Ages 2 to 6

Address: 2212 Hongqiao Road, Changning Shanghai, China 200336

Pudong Campus: Ages 2 to 18

Address: 198 Hengqiao Road, Zhoupu, Pudong Shanghai, China 201315

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

SCIS nationality breakdown is around 35% from North and South America, 30% from Europe, 30% from Asia, and 5% from Africa and Australasia.

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

English as an Additional Language

Additional language classes offered by the school

Curricular Programs: Mandarin, Spanish, French, Korean, Dutch,
Extra-Curricular Programs: Finnish, Swedish, Danish, German, Italian, and Hindi

Max. number of students per class

Nursery - Approximately 14 students to one expatriate teacher and two teacher assistants.
Pre-School – Approximately 16 students to one expatriate teacher and two teacher assistants.
Pre-Kindergarten - Approximately 16 students to one expatriate teacher and one teacher assistant.
Kindergarten - Approximately 18 students to one expatriate teacher and one teacher assistant.
Grades 1 to 5– Approximately 18 - 20 students to one expatriate teacher.
Grades 6 to 12- Approximately 20 - 22 students to a class

Average number of students per class

Early Childhood: 14 - 18 students
Lower School: 18 - 20 students
Upper School: 20 - 22 students

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Lower school students have fully integrated technology programs and use of both laptops and desktop machines in their classrooms. Middle and upper school students are enrolled in the MacBook 1-to-1 program and are issued a laptop for their own use.
Teachers have access to state-of-the-art teaching technology including SmartBoards, sophisticated science labs, 3D printers, and much more.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

More than 90% of our graduating students.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes. Our experienced student support team includes: qualified Learning Support teachers, English as an Additional Language teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Learning Support Assistants, and School Counselors.

Learning support offered

Student support services at SCIS are available to promote academic, language and social-emotional development. We recognize that every learner is unique and embrace this diversity that enriches and strengthens our school community.

Student access to education psychologist


Waiting list

SCIS operates at or near full capacity in most divisions. In the event a grade level is at capacity, qualified applicants will enter into a Wait Pool. Applicants within the wait pool are considered for admission once an opening becomes available.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time


School bus service available


School provided lunches


Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, we offer a range of services catering to those with special dietary concerns, allergy needs, and religious restrictions. Vegetarian options are offered at every meal and available to all ages.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

American football, badminton, baseball, basketball, cricket, cross country, floor hockey, gymnastics, kickball, cheerleading, outdoor games, ping pong, racquet sports, rugby, running, soccer, swimming, volleyball, battleship and throwing games, beading club, board games, climbing wall, dodge ball, fun with frisbees, knitting, memory games, yoga, choir, dance, drama, fashion design, film club, hip hop dance, jazz band, marching band, orchestra, perspective drawing, recorder and drum club, rhythm and movement, theater, book and cook, book club, computer clubhouse, digital photography, dragon kitchen, robotics, Spanish.

Sports activities included

Physical and Health Education

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, starting from Grade 6, students have the opportunity to participate in over 16 different competitive sports.

Sports facilities at the school

Both our Hongqiao main campus and our Pudong campus are equipped with gymnasiums, a six-lane swimming pool, a full-sized football pitch, sprint track, outdoor playground areas, indoor 3-story play areas, fitness centers, rock climbing wall, and dance studios.

Hongqiao: 25 meter swimming pool, full size soccer pitch with all-weather turf, playground, gymnasium, fitness center.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Welcome to Shanghai Community International School (SCIS), home to more than 1800 expatriate students who learn and develop in a rigorous and caring multicultural environment.

Established in 1996 as one of Shanghai’s first international schools, we are fully authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum World School, a world-class academic program aimed at rigorous critical thinking and global citizenship. SCIS has three campuses spread across Shanghai, including locations in Puxi and Pudong, and offers a seamless international program for students aged 2-18, and comprised of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP).

SCIS is accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and authorized as an IB Continuum World School. Additionally, SCIS is a member of the East Asia Regional Conference of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) and the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS).

Teaching approach of the school

Learning at SCIS is done through personalized and exceptional learning experiences where we ensure we meet the unique needs of every individual. Students are empowered to think critically, collaboratively, in a diverse school community and are aspired to discover their passion and embrace their personal potential.

At the core of our learning program is maintaining a commitment to student development and educational excellence through our curriculum, Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs), and school mission. Through a student-centered approach, we focus on nurturing students to become the best version of themselves by providing flexible learning experiences.

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