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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

Download the SCIS Viewbook

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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Shane Wang

"It’s a long journey ahead and there will be times when your passion will be tested, but just like what they say in sports…. Keep your head up and keep going."

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Wilson Zhao

"Here at SCIS, teachers encourage me to create it however I like, giving me creative freedom and the resources I need to achieve it."

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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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