Great Reasons to Attend SSIS

A challenging education

SSIS offers a challenging holistic education that encourages self-motivated, lifelong learners, who value other cultures and are responsible, meaningful participants in the international community. SSIS is a fully authorized IB World School, offering the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

Consistently excellent results

Our student's excellent academic results are consistently above world average. The Class of 2016 received an average score of 34 out of 45 (the world average was 29). One student received a  score of 42 and another five students received a score over 40. 57% received the highest possible score in at least one subject.

Something extra for everyone

With over 100 activities to choose from, there is never a shortage of opportunities to explore and participate. From soccer to orchestra to Model United Nations to origami, there really is something for everyone.

Outstanding, committed and inspirational teachers

These dedicated professionals are certified in their home countries and a significant number hold Master's degrees or above. 150 expatriate staff, representing more than 20 different countries, and 34 Chinese national teachers, work collaboratively to ensure a holistic, interdisciplinary, and effective approach to teaching and learning.

Exceptional facilities to support the latest teaching and learning

With a 650 seat theatre and a black box theatre, eight science labs, five art rooms, five music rooms, ten music practice rooms, a media centre, a 25 metre swimming pool, football (soccer) fields, tennis courts, a 400 metre running track, two libraries, two double gymnasiums and two canteens who could ask for more?

Students come to learn but leave with something more

In a positive environment where students support each other our school is not just a place to learn but also to socialize and play. Students from every age and nationality meet and mix with other students, creating a sense of identity and belonging.

Not just a school, a community

School is not just for students! Parents are a key part of the SSIS community, and regularly attend information events to discuss school issues and build shared understanding of SSIS beliefs, goals and procedures. We have an active Parent School Partnership committee, which is made up of committed parents from all parts of the school who contribute to school life in many ways, from serving on uniform and canteen review committees to organising school wide family events. Parent volunteers are valued and welcomed, where there are many opportunities to enrich student learning, join field trips, and support sports teams, extra-curricular activities and school wide events.

With over 45 different nationalities we celebrate our diversity throughout the year in a multitude of ways, culminating with the International Family Day in May; a celebration of the many different nationalities present in our school community aimed at raising money for local charities.

Speaking in many tongues

While English is the language of instruction at SSIS we actively support the maintenance and development of all the mother tongue languages. Chinese, Korean, German, Japanese, Spanish and French are offered at different grade levels within our curriculum, and classroom space is provided to parent groups who set up classes in additional languages outside of school hours. For those who need support with English we offer a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) programme.

Local, regional and global partnerships

As well as being an IB World School, SSIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Instruction (NCCT). SSIS a member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS), East Asian Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), China International School Sport Association (CISSA) and Shanghai International School Athletic Conference (SISAC). The school is a member of a group of international schools, kindergartens and foreign language schools in China and locally we partner with charitable organizations and schools to give students the opportunity to experience life in their local community.

Finding the right path

Our college counselors work with students (and their parents) to help choose and apply for colleges and universities across the world. Graduates from SSIS have been accepted by prestigious colleges and universities including University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Europe, Vassar College and McGill University in North America and the University of Hong Kong and Seoul National University in Asia.