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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 second most expensive countries in the world for international education. And after Beijing, Shanghai is the third 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 33 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 43 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 - 2022/2023
from: 元170,500
to: 元275,600
Reviews
(15 reviews)

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 - 2022/2023
from: 元260,000
to: 元348,000

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Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong

Nord Anglia International School Shanghai, Pudong (NAIS Pudong) opened its doors in 2002 in Kangqiao, Pudong. NAIS Pudong was the first British school in China and the first international school based in Pudong. Since then, the school has gone from strength to strength and is firmly established as a school of choice in the area. Whilst looking forward to our 20th anniversary in 2022, we have recently celebrated 15 years of outstanding success as an IB school delivering excellent IB Diploma results year on year.
We are a part of Nord Anglia Education, a network of 70+ International schools around the world. Parents choose a Nord Anglia education because we offer academic, social and personal success for every student. Through opportunities to learn from the best, experiences beyond the ordinary, and the encouragement to achieve more than what they thought possible, we help our students succeed anywhere through our unique global educational offer. We do all this by investing in our people, our schools, and above all, our students.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元242,000
to: 元344,000
Reviews
(3 reviews)

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 - 2022/2023
from: 元210,940
to: 元304,550
Reviews
(1 review)

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 - 2022/2023
from: 元243,500
to: 元357,100

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 - 2022/2023
from: 元165,180
to: 元235,400
Reviews
(1 review)

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 - 2022/2023
from: 元163,200
to: 元204,600

Harrow International School Shanghai

Harrow Shanghai is a day and boarding school for students aged 2-18. Pre-Nursery to Year 10 opened in August 2016 on the newly-developed Sunland project in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, thirty minutes from the centre of Shanghai. Boarding is a crucial element in the life of all Harrow schools and Shanghai is no different. Boarding is expected to be available at Harrow Shanghai in late 2017.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元251,800
to: 元348,900

Lucton School Shanghai

British Tradition ,Chinese Heart , International Minds
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
12 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: 元567,310
to: 元567,310

EtonHouse International School Suzhou

EtonHouse International School - Suzhou is a small school with a big heart. With class sizes of between 10-20 students, only one class per age group and a student to teacher ratio of 6:1, at EtonHouse your child will be much more than a number. Every student can make a difference, no matter how gifted or otherwise.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 元125,000
to: 元214,000

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