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If you’re planning on joining the ranks of Shanghai’s expats, then you’ll already know that it may not come cheap. China is one of the most expensive countries in the world for international education. And after Beijing, Shanghai is the second most costly city on the planet for your little ones to go to school. But it’s not all bad news!

International schools in Shanghai come with a high price tag, but an equally high standard of education. Students from Chinese international schools, especially those in the big cities such as Shanghai, outperform those from other countries consistently.

Not only do they get better grades, they usually go on to attend world-renowned universities and enter the workforce as highly skilled professionals. No matter how you look at it, there is no denying the sky-high quality of education on offer.

Several of the top international schools in China (and in the world) are in Shanghai. Many of them are clustered in or close to the quiet residential district of Chianging, just west of the heart of the city. Shanghai is China’s biggest city and has a wide spread of districts, so you’ll be glad to know that school shuttles are commonly offered no matter where your chosen school is located.

Shanghai is also a global financial hub and home to countless major international companies. If you’re lucky enough to be hired by one of them, you might be offered a relocation package which will likely cover a chunk of the cost of international school fees. The amount varies depending on the company; it could be anywhere from 50% - 90% of the yearly cost.

Without a relocation package or a healthy salary to rely on, your international school options will unfortunately be much more limited.

The local school system has a similarly high standard of education, but some expats find it too strict for their children. Local schools in China have a reputation for putting a lot of pressure on students to perform well in exams.

As for the curricula on offer, you’ll find a broad mix to choose from in Shanghai. Chinese, American and British are the most common curricula in international schools, but you can also find French, German, Canadian and just about anything else if you so wish.

As you may expect, the high cost of Shanghai’s international schools means they come with world class facilities for your child to make the most of. From top notch sports facilities to extensive extra curricular activity programmes, their passions and interests will most definitely be nurtured along with their academic development.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Shanghai. However, there are another 32 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 Shanghai based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Shanghai

Out of a total of 42 International Schools in Shanghai.

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

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Western International School of Shanghai

Western International School of Shanghai is a leading international school in Shanghai and the first and only full continuum World IB School in Mainland China offering the four programmes of the International Baccalaureate IBPYP, IBMYP, IBDP and IBCP.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元170,500
to: 元275,600
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(15 reviews)
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Wellington College International Shanghai

Our vision is to inspire pupils to become intellectual, independent, individual and inclusive. We aim to prepare pupils for success during and beyond life at the College.
Curriculum
IB, British, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元252,000
to: 元338,000
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Britannica International School, Shanghai

As the only British owned, British managed and largely British staffed school in Shanghai, Britannica International School provides the ‘Best of British Education’. Located in the heart of the city, Britannica International School, Shanghai offers a full British curriculum, adapted and extended to meet the needs of international students. As a relatively small school we provide a personalised approach to teaching adapting our curriculum and student learning to meet the individual needs of each child. Britannica International School, Shanghai is located in Gubei, close to the downtown area, with nearby open spaces, and which is easily accessible with short journey times and bus routes for students.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元206,800
to: 元282,690
Reviews
(1 review)
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Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong

Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong provides top 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 London and combines this with the best of modern teaching based on the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate programme. Their mission is to create "one college, many campuses," which fosters their vision to inspire students.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元231,900
to: 元340,100
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YK Pao School

A School for Tomorrow’s China.
An Education for Tomorrow's World.
YK Pao School is a pioneering international Chinese school. The school is a non-profit private institution founded in 2007, in memory of shipping magnate Sir Yue-Kong Pao, the renowned Chinese businessman, statesman and philanthropist. With over 1400 students from China and overseas, the school offers a unique Year 1-12 educational programme that integrates elements of Shanghai and international curricula, culminating in Years 9-12 with the IGCSE and IB Diploma programmes, both of which are complemented by core components of the Shanghai curriculum.
Pao School’s innovative Chinese-English immersion bilingual programme nurtures the whole person - the entire emotional, social, physical, and intellectual being – and prepares students to become engaged and responsible global citizens of the 21st century.
Pao School is divided into Primary, Middle and High School. Primary School (Years 1-5) is a day school located in Shanghai’s city centre, while the Middle School (Years 6-8) and the High School (Years 9-12) are located on the new Hongqiao campus and in Shanghai’s Songjiang District offering UK/US style boarding education as well as catering to day students.
Curriculum
IB, British, Chinese
Languages of instruction
English, Chinese
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元168,000
to: 元210,000
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Lycée Francais de Shanghai

Shanghai French School welcomes children from 47 different nationalities, French and non-French speakers, from Kindergarten to High School.
LFS has 4 language streams. The streams are: General Stream, European Stream, International American Stream, International Chinese Stream.
Curriculum
French
Languages of instruction
English, Chinese, French
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元116,400
to: 元176,900
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(1 review)
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The SMIC Private School Shanghai

The SMIC Private School, Shanghai is an independent nonprofit school founded in 2001 by Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), the top semiconductor high-tech company in China located in Zhangjiang Innopark.
SMIC offers pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 education and comprises two academic tracks: the English Track follows an American-based curriculum and the Chinese track follows the local curriculum guided by Shanghai Educational Council. The language center of SMIC School plays a vital role providing excellent ESL, CSL and third language trainings.
Curriculum
American, Chinese
Languages of instruction
English, Chinese
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元129,700
to: 元129,700
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Shanghai Hong Qiao International School

We are an environmentally minded community of learners, dedicated to impacting positive change in Shanghai.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元165,180
to: 元235,400
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Deutsche Schule Shanghai

The German School Shanghai (DSS) is one of the largest overseas German schools in the world and has been awarded “Excellent German School Abroad” status by the German education authorities. The DSS delivers educational excellence for over 1,250 children and young people at its two locations. For children from kindergarten to secondary school, parents and school staff alike, the DSS is more than “just” an excellent school – it is a cultural hub where togetherness comes first.
Curriculum
German
Language of instruction
German
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元157,100
to: 元197,000
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Lucton School Shanghai

British Tradition ,Chinese Heart , International Minds
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
12 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: 元255,000
to: 元255,000
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