Shanghai Community International School – Bringing Students Closer to Culture and Language

Location – 198 Hengqiao Road, Zhoupu, Pudong, Shanghai, China 201315

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Contact – 86-21-5812-9888

Shanghai Community International School was established in 1996 as one of the first international schools in Shanghai. What started out as a single campus, in the heart of the Changning district of the city, with 7 teachers and less than 50 students, has since grown to include over 1,800 students studying at one of three campuses.

Over 25 years ago, we recognized that Shanghai needed a truly international school – a school that focuses on developing the whole child in a supportive and nurturing environment. One that celebrates the spirit of a community-centered and truly internationally minded education. SCIS was founded to serve that purpose.

Mission & Vision

Our mission: To develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities.

Our vision: We will be defined as a school of excellence by each of the constituents of our school community and the Shanghai expatriate populations. We envision…

  • A diverse student population from around the world
  • A system in which every student has equal opportunities for success and for university admission, based on a variety of performance indicators
  • A system meeting the needs of individual learners, rather than making the learner fit the system
  • A system that allows students to achieve standards through inquiry-based, conceptual learning in motivating, authentic environments
  • Students who will be well-rounded, community contributors armed with the academic and personal skills to succeed in the adult world and who see the relevance and purpose in their learning
  • staff who feel a high degree of purpose, job satisfaction, pride, and personal growth
  • parents who feel informed, valued, and satisfied
  • a strong connection to the Shanghai community and the perception that SCIS represents ‘excellence’

Shanghai Community International School operates three campuses across both sides of the Huangpu river of Shanghai. Our purpose-built school facilities and flexible learning spaces are designed to enhance the SCIS learning experience.

World-Class Facilities:

Our purpose-built facilities reflect our school mission, allowing us to provide a wide range of spaces for our students to pursue personal and academic excellence. Our innovative classrooms are all equipped with developmentally appropriate resources and technology and were designed to be flexible to support a variety of learning experiences. Community spaces are designed to foster social interaction and the exchange of ideas.

SCIS features a centralized state-of-the-art indoor air filtration system across all of our campuses. Our three campuses feature:

  • 6 lanes, 25-meter length swimming pools
  • Two-story, 700 seat auditoriums
  • 10,000 square foot Black Box theatre
  • Art Gallery
  • Rock Climbing walls
  • Indoor Basketball Courts
  • Strength and Conditioning Weight Rooms
  • Full health clinic staffed by professional nurses from WorldPath clinic
  • Smart Boards
  • Dance Halls
  • Art Studios
  • All-weather outdoor soccer pitches
  • Outdoor Jungle Gym Playgrounds
  • Indoor Fun Center: ball pits, sand pits and slides
  • Science and Computer Labs
  • Audio Visual Media Lab

Courses Offered

At the core of our learning program is maintaining a commitment to student development and educational excellence through our curriculumSchoolwide 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.

As an IB World School, SCIS provides a full continuum of programs from Nursery through Grade Twelve, including the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP). The IB is an academically rigorous, college-preparatory program which is balanced by an emphasis on personal development and fostering artistic, athletic, and global citizenship endeavors. Under the aegis of the IB, the SCIS Mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities. This mission has propelled SCIS to the forefront of education in Shanghai.

Primary Year Programme (PYP) prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom. (Age 2-10/Nursery to Grade 5)

Middle Year Programme (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP). (Age 11-15/Grade 6-Grade 10)

Diploma Programme (DP) is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. (Age 16-17/Grade 11 and Grade 12)

Beyond the Traditional Curriculum

School-Wide Learner Outcomes

Our four core School-wide Learner Outcomes identify what we believe every learner at SCIS should aspire to achieve.

  • Think critically and creatively
  • Apply learning to real-life situations
  • Show flexibility in analyzing and evaluating resources, strategies, and perspectives
  • Ask questions and seek answers as a result of intrinsic motivation and curiosity
  • Seek factual and conceptual connections
  • Determine bias and perspective
  • Acknowledge challenges and actively develop solutions
  • Act with integrity
  • Maintain an active, balanced, and healthy lifestyle
  • Embrace new opportunities and challenges
  • Reflect for self-improvement
  • Initiate action to impact their communities
  • Nurture caring and collaborative relationships
  • Communicate with others effectively and respectfully

Holistic Development

At SCIS, learning extends beyond classroom walls. Our co-curricular program provides extensive enrichment opportunities for students to explore their talents, develop new skills and extend areas of interest, in a supportive and engaging environment.

We are most proud of the community culture that encourages students to be fluent across many disciplines from academics to athletics to art. These diverse activities provide outlets for passions to flourish, while keeping our students balanced and connected to the community.

We encourage our students to pursue their passions, whatever they may be, with more than 80 sports, clubs and arts options available. Through these extracurricular experiences, we believe students will be able to cultivate new skills and aptitudes to succeed in life.

We challenge our learners to be global citizens and live meaningful, engaged lives that make a difference. Throughout the year, students are able to be involved in a number of different community service projects, as well as yearly China Trips to learn more about our host country, China.

ONE COMMUNITY: A Truly International Experience

Our warm, dynamic, and welcoming community is the result of the diverse and inclusive group of students, teachers, parents, and staff who choose to call SCIS their second home. Events like the United Nations International Day of Peace, for example, truly showcase the uniqueness that makes up the DNA at SCIS.

Since 1996, families from nearly every corner of the Earth have enrolled at Shanghai Community International School. This school year alone, SCIS has students from over 65 countries, speaking any one of the 45 plus languages and dialects our families communicate in.

One of the most unique strengths behind SCIS is our outstanding community. It is a place where all members of the community go out of their way to ensure a sense of belonging and provide support when, and whenever, it is needed.

SCIS provides our students with the chance to create global understanding, gain intercultural communication skills, and enhance additional language acquisition. This all occurs within a shared context that stresses the importance of respecting one another’s cultural backgrounds, traditions, values, and beliefs.

Financial Assistance

Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) recognizes the financial burden incurred for families choosing to pursue private international education in Shanghai, as well as the additional expense for those families who are transitioning to Shanghai and/or SCIS. SCIS is fortunate enough to have access to a Financial Aid Fund provided by the SCIS Board of Directors. This fund is intended to support families that we believe will add to the richness of our school community and is exclusively preserved for families that demonstrate financial need and who do not receive full support from their employer. SCIS offers additional financial support through various other discount funds (i.e. early payment discount) and individualized payment plan options.

Determination of assistance is centered on a computational model that is similar to many used in other school Financial Aid programs and on the professional judgment of the SCIS Financial Aid Committee regarding the special circumstances of the applicant family.

Successful graduates of SCIS earn a High School Diploma needed for acceptance into major universities around the world. Additionally, most SCIS graduates earn a full IB Diploma, widely recognized as the most academically rigorous diploma in the world, being accepted in 3,300 top universities from 90 countries. Successful completion of the IB Diploma often qualifies for university credits and opens additional doors for university acceptance into the most selective universities in the world.

Future Career Opportunities

The Job-Shadow Experience for Grade ten students

65 students were placed within 42 Shanghai-based companies to learn about the corporate, creative and entrepreneurial life and the skills needed to succeed.  We vetted many companies to find the most exciting and educational placement for our students.  Students applied for specific companies and the committee matched the most qualified student to the appropriate experience based on applications and teacher recommendation letters.  Students spent 20 hours working, shadowing and learning from a mentor within a field of their interest.  The outcome was 100% satisfaction from the industry mentors and students.  We did not learn of any negative feedback from either side, but only encouraging words for future relationships.

The job-shadow experience was a win-win for both the students and the companies. Students gained knowledge within a particular profession and learned lessons about their own strengths and weaknesses. Mentors had a fresh and youthful perspective on their product, business, and competition.

Awards, Accreditations and Collaborations


  • 45/45 highest IBDP score
  • 2 times as many top ranked IBDP scores than world average
  • 100% of students have the opportunity to participate in the IB


  • 100% accepted to universities
  • 15% accepted to top 10 universities worldwide
  • 40% accepted to top 50 universities worldwide
  • >23 different country destinations

On their path to making positive contributions to their communities, SCIS alumni have attended many prestigious universities and colleges across the globe.

Shanghai Community International School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum World School, offering the Primary Years Programme in our Early Childhood and Lower School divisions, and the Middle Years and Diploma Programmes in our Upper School.

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

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