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Thank you for your interest in learning more about Shanghai Community International School (SCIS).


We understand that moving to a new country and/or joining a new school can be a challenging and ultimately, an overwhelming experience for the entire family. Our commitment is to assist you throughout the admissions process in order to help provide a smooth transition for you and your children.

Our experienced staff are available year-round to assist you, help answer any questions that you may have, and/or arrange a personalized campus visit.

We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our school, community, academic and extracurricular programs.

Download the SCIS Admissions Viewbook to learn more about our school and programs

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First page of the PDF file: scis-admissions-viewbook-2020




In everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. Our commitment to the SCIS community is to provide a truly international environment and experience through which everyone has the opportunity to challenge the status quo.


As an IB World School, SCIS provides a full continuum of programs from Nursery -  Grade 12, including the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). 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. 

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Since the foundation of our school, we have always had a strong reputation for creating a family-friendly community atmosphere. Community is at the core of the SCIS experience. As students, your child will feel warm, welcomed and happy. As parents, you will feel accepted and engaged. Together, we are the SCIS community.

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With over sixty nationalities and more than thirty-five languages represented, the breadth of our community is unparalleled. However, what really sets the SCIS community apart is the depth of our diversity, with a student population that is evenly spread across the world, roughly one-third representation from the Americas, Europe, and Australasia. At SCIS, there is no dominant culture, only internationalism.

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As a community-centered institution, SCIS values strong and supportive family units. We consider both the parent and student as partners within our learning community. Parents are actively involved in joining with staff and students to create a strong learning environment. On each campus, the Parents and Friends Association (PAFA) organizes volunteer opportunities as well as community events.

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Jeffery Kao

"The IB programme and philosophy that SCIS follows is a programme that I believe really helps develop kids to become great thinkers, adaptive learning abilities, and global citizens which is something critical in the real world (for current and future).

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Vincent Lehane

"My experience working at SCIS has been a wonderful and inspiring journey so far and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the community for a multitude of reasons. This school is filled with enthusiastic students, dedicated teachers, and incredible families, which all add to a supportive and dynamic community and learning environment. Being a part of the growth and development of our students as they learn and achieve their goals is a truly rewarding and gratifying experience. The school has also provided me with the opportunity to grow as a professional and leader and in my role as the PYP Coordinator I get to collaborate and learn from my colleagues each and every day. I am and will continue to be a very proud Dragon and am truly grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community here at SCIS."

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Jonny Alexander

"SCIS has provided me many opportunities to evolve my practice in teaching Design and this allowed me to pursue my passion of contributing lifelong learning experiences and processes for the students. The consistency, robust systems in place for learning, community spirit, and friendships crafted make a valuable story for any member of the SCIS community.”

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Jenny Chong

“The SCIS community plays a crucial role in our global journey. Witnessing the progress and development of SCIS students brings me immense pride and joy. The commitment and collaboration among students, parents, and staff cultivate an incredibly positive and nurturing environment that genuinely promotes a meaningful and impactful school experience. As both a parent and teacher at SCIS, it is remarkable to see my children thriving at school, and witnessing their growth socially and academically. We are truly grateful to be part of this diverse international community.”

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Yan Yan

"I am enchanted to teach in an international community. The same question may lead to different levels of communication which can be embedded with all sorts of opportunities for cultural exchanges. Also, being a teacher in an inclusive learning environment like SCIS means that every day I am growing together with my students."

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Miral Marden

“The thing I enjoy the most about teaching in SCIS is the interaction with a diverse set of educators and students from all over the world. I am becoming more flexible as a teacher by applying Universal Design for Learning every day when interacting with different types of learners.”

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