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Western International School of Shanghai

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CurriculumInternational
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): 元250,000
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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 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: 元250,000
Address: 555 Lianmin Rd, Qingpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
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Number of students

Around 770

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Over 50

Most common nationality

The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) is a truly diverse community with students representing over 50 different nationalities and with no majority population.

Max. number of students per class

20

Average number of students per class

18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

English, Chinese, German, Spanish, Korean (some others as self-taught)

Uniform required

For Pre-nursery - G10

Waiting list

Yes, grade levels throughout Early Years and Primary.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Students applying to WISS will be evaluated for their English speaking, reading, and writing ability. As the school wishes to maintain an environment where English is the primary language of academic instruction, preference is given to those students who are most functional or have the greatest potential to be functional at their grade level in English. All students entering Middle and High School not having English as their native language must, as a minimum, be at a level from which they can work to complete the IB Subsidiary English B program by graduation, along with self-taught study of their mother tongue literature.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Rolling enrollment

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

School start time

8:20am

School finish time

3:20 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

WISS offers a vibrant array of extra-curricular activities and is home to world-class academies, such as the ISTA Performing Arts Academy and the Stoke City FC Football Academy as well as offering unique opportunities to develop leadership such as GAIL, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and MUN. EY and Primary students enjoy one afternoon of activities per week. There are also many after-school activities offered daily and on weekends. Some of the activities available include: a variety of sports, mother tongue language clubs (Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Swedish), Student Government, Community Choir, Community Orchestra, instrument lessons, drama, Little Chefs, Robotics, and many others.

School provided lunches

Yes. A healthy and well-balanced snack and lunch are provided daily for students included in the tuition.

Sports facilities at the school

Sports facilities include both grass and Astroturf football fields, a running track, basketball courts, badminton courts, a gymnasium equipped with a rock climbing wall, and two swimming pools.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

WISS is proud to host the world-class football training through the Stoke City FC Academy at WISS. WISS is a member of the China International School Sports Association (CISSA), Shanghai Schools Sports Association (SSSA), Shanghai International Schools Athletic Conference (SISAC), and the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). We offer a wide array of after-school activities and athletics, including football/soccer, basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, cross country, softball, swimming, dance, badminton, rock climbing, archery, cross fit, ultimate frisbee, touch rugby, American football, and table tennis.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

WISS is dedicated to the IB Mission of creating a better world through education. As an IB World School, WISS has been visited, inspected, and approved by the International Baccalaureate Organization. IB World Schools maintain their high quality through regular professional development of staff, effective delivery of cutting-edge teaching practice, and a rigorous approach to inquiry-based learning. Schools authorized by the IB must put students at the center of everything they do, treat learning holistically from multiple perspectives, emphasize strong communication skills, and promote intercultural awareness. The IB carries out regular evaluations to ensure schools provide a culture of learning in line with its international philosophy and goals.

Teaching approach of the school

WISS is the only full continuum IB World School in mainland China offering the four programmes of the International Baccalaureate (IB): the Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), the Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), the Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the Career-related Programme (IBCP) - providing the entire and unbroken IB curriculum model leading to the most sought after qualification for university entry in the world.

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