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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 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 18 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: 元150,350
to: 元252,200
Address: 555 Lianmin Rd, Qingpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
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Number of students

Peak enrollment 775

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Around 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

EY/Primary: 18
Secondary: 20

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English


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


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


School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes. The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) is an educational community with a wide range of nationalities, cultures and languages. Our students’ educational and emotional needs are as diverse as they are. We seek to offer every student the tools needed to help them succeed during their years at WISS, and for their future success as well. The student support department offers academic, social and emotional support. Our highly qualified counseling team provides student support to maximize each students’ skills, talents, academic achievements, and abilities. School counselors serve as student advocates and support the varying needs of the diverse student population by collaborating with parents, teachers, and student.

Learning support offered

Academic Support:

Early Years: Early Years is a play-based curriculum so academic support has a different focus, student’s academic assistance would be in the areas of either language and communication or sensory and motor development.

Primary: In Primary, support services may range from push-in individual support to pull-out small group instruction. The type of support is determined on a case-by-case basis, customized for the student. The LSS teacher works closely with both students and teachers to help that student succeed in their everyday classroom.

Secondary: WISS is committed to helping students reach their academic potential. To this end, the community is guided by the belief that effective support for learning must be based on an inclusive and collaborative approach. This perspective requires different strategies for learning, needs a range of different teaching approaches and experiences, and acquire, assimilate, and communicate information at different rates.

School start time


School finish time

3:20 pm

Supervised care before/after school


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, cross country, softball, swimming, dance, badminton, rock climbing, and others.

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) in four pathways: Sports, Arts & Design, Business and Sustainability and Aeronautics. - 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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