What are your school hours?

Hongqiao: Campus hours for Grades 2 - 12 are 8:00am until 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Early Childhood Education (ECE) campus hours for Nursery - Grade 1(Full day) are 8:30am through 3:00pm, Monday through Friday, Nursery - Grade 1 (Half day) hours are 8:00am through 12:00pm.


Pudong: Campus hours for Nursery - 12 are 8:00am until 3:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Is transportation provided in the cost of tuition?

SCIS does provide transportation inclusive with tuition. Buses pick up and drop off students according to pre-arranged routes. SCIS does not provide buses for After School Activities, parents are responsible for providing transportation after regular school hours.


Hongqiao Campus and Early Childhood Education Map - Puxi Area, Shanghai


Pudong Campus Map - Pudong Area, Shanghai

What is a typical class size?

Our target numbers are:

  • Nursery - Approximately 14 students to one expatriate teacher and two teacher assistants.
  • Pre-School – Approximately 16 students to one expatriate teacher and two teacher assistants.
  • Pre-Kindergarten - Approximately 16 students to one expatriate teacher and one teacher assistant.
  • Kindergarten - Approximately 18 students to one expatriate teacher and one teacher assistant.
  • Grades 1 to 5– Approximately 18 - 20 students to one expatriate teacher.
  • Grades 6 to 12- Approximately 20 - 22 students to a class

How do I schedule a tour?

To schedule a tour please fill out our inquiry form by clicking here.

Do students wear school uniforms?

Yes. We have a smart, yet casual uniform for our Nursery to grade 12 students. Students may wear their own choice of shoes, socks, and jackets. Students in grades 2 - 10 (Hongqiao Campus) & grades 1 - 10 (Pudong Campus) also have an athletic uniform that is required for physical education (PE) classes.

Do you offer a hot lunch program?

Inclusive with tuition, students in Nursery through Grade 12 are provided with both Asian and Western entrées. Students may choose to bring their own lunch but are also welcome to take any of the daily offerings.

Can students enroll during the school year?

Yes. SCIS operates on a year round admissions process. There is no deadline for accepting new student applications, as we have students enter throughout the school year. Our teachers welcome new students and have procedures in place to help each child transition smoothly into a new environment.

How do you select my child's teacher?

For returning SCIS students, our principals work alongside current teachers to create balanced classrooms. New SCIS students will be placed by principals based on their gender, language, class size, and learning profile. Principals welcome parent requests for desired characteristics of teachers, but have the final decisions regarding classroom assignments in order to create the best learning environments for all children. Middle school students will have a different teacher assigned for each subject and placement will be made based on schedule, level, and student make up of classrooms.

What types of supplies does my child need to bring to school?

Early childhood students (Nursery, Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten) generally need a backpack, a daily snack, and a change of clothes in case of "accidents" or spills. 
Lower school students generally need a backpack and a daily snack. 
Upper school students need a backpack and supplies as indicated by classroom teachers (inexpensive and readily available in China). The school provides student textbooks and general supplies.

Do you have an after-school activities program?

SCIS offers a variety of after school activities. Our activities coordinators at each campus will provide parents and students with a list of activities and information regarding the sign-up procedures. After school activities generally run from 3:00 to 4:30 but may run longer depending on the activity or levels involved. A sample of both Lower and Upper School activities can be accessed below.

Download Lower School After School Activities Sample

Download Upper School After School Activities Sample

How do we schedule classes?

Lower school students simply need to go to their classroom. Specialist classes (i.e. Music, Art, Mandarin, PE, etc.) are built into their weekly schedule. Upper school students have core subjects and electives. The building principal, vice principal or college counselor works with the student to build a program schedule.

Are parents involved with the school?

SCIS value our high level of partnership with the parent community and encourage parent participation wherever possible. We welcome parent volunteers in the classrooms and as part of our Parents and Friends Association (PAFA).

Do you accept students whose primary language is not English?

Yes. Each campus provides language support through our English As an Additional Language (EAL) program. A one-time non-refundable EAL fee of 10,000 RMB, over and above the standard tuition fee, is compulsory for newly enrolled EAL students, in grades 1 to 10, whose primary language is not English, or who have not attended an English language school for at least three years.

Does the school have a religious affiliation?

We celebrate diversity, but we do not have a religious affiliation. Although we do not teach religion, we value and share the richness of different religions and cultures in our SCIS community.

Do you administer standardized achievement tests?

We administer the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA - MAP) to students in grades 2 through 10, and our upper school students take the PSAT and SAT.

What type of curriculum does SCIS offer?

SCIS offers an international curriculum based on international school research and best practice. The curriculum is purposefully and uniquely designed for the SCIS learning communities, driven by the Board of Directors’ vision, mandated by the SCIS mission statement and expected school wide learning results (ESLR’s) and founded upon well researched standards.

What is the International Baccalaureate Program?

The IB Diploma Program involves the study of six core subjects, at least three of which are followed at higher level (HL) and the others at standard level (SL). Additionally, students complete a 4000 word Extended Essay (EE), complete the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course and fulfill the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) requirements. In addition to submitting internal assessments throughout the program, students will sit an external exam in each of the six core subjects towards the end of their senior year. SCIS graduation requirements are aligned with completing the components of the IB program.

All students in Grades 11 and 12 at SCIS will be expected to follow the full International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in addition to completing SCIS high school graduation requirements. The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The program is included in the high school course of study at SCIS and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.

What is your student body breakdown by citizenship?

With over 50 nationalities represented by our student body SCIS prides itself on our ability to offer a truly diverse and unique international experience.

Where are your teachers from?

The majority of our teachers are from the U.S. and Canada, but we also have teachers from Australia, U.K., New Zealand, South Africa, and an assortment of other countries. For teacher bios please consult the information tab of this site.