Top 20 Best International Schools in Shanghai, China

Top 20 Best International Schools in Shanghai, China

Shanghai International Schools

There are around 40 international schools in Shanghai and the surrounding area, with 17 British schools, 20 IB schools in Shangai and 8 American schools.  Most are English speaking and some are bi and multi-lingual.

Shanghai

Situated at the mouth of the China’s longest river, the Yangtze, Shanghai is an ancient settlement with its earliest origins dating back to 5,000 BC.  By around 600 AD Shanghai had become one of China’s principal trading ports with population levels continuing rise to a current estimate of around 26 million.  Today Shanghai is a thriving, innovative, global financial hub and cultural centre, currently ranked as the third largest city in the world in terms of population density and area.  Often nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient or Oriental Paris, Shanghai rivals London, Paris and New York in terms of its modernity and has a unique blend of Eastern and Western culture and architectural styles.  

Transport

Shanghai is well served by public transport, consisting of buses, trolley buses, trains, taxis and the metro system, which can all be conveniently paid for using the contactless Shanghai Public Transportation Card. The Shanghai Metro is the longest in the world with an extensive 644 km network of tunnels and tracks radiating beneath the city.  Shanghai is also home to the fastest train in the world, the Shanghai Maglev, connecting downtown Shanghai to Pudong International Airport.

Entertainment and dining out

Shanghai has a vibrant and colourful gastronomic and entertainment scene with everything from a growing number of Michelin starred restaurants to an abundance of delicious street food, patisseries, hipster cafés, micro breweries, cocktail bars, dive bars, clubs with world renowned guest DJs, live music venues, English language theatre and cinema.  There is something for everyone.

Child friendliness

The Chinese love children but not everywhere in Shanghai, including many Metro stations, is easily accessible if you have small children in prams or pushchairs.  There are some lovely, big parks in the city with lakes, walking trails, butterfly gardens, amusement parks and play areas for children.  Indoor play centres and trampoline parks are becoming popular here too.  Children are usually welcomed in restaurants but, besides themed restaurants aimed specifically at children, they are unlikely to have a special children’s menu or to tone down spicy dishes.  

Where to live

The Huangpu River divides the city into two areas, the older area of Puxi to the west and the more modern Pudong to the east.

Pudong

Pudong is China’s biggest commercial and financial centre and home to the Lujiazui Financial Zone, the Shanghai Stock Exchange tower and most of Shanghai’s famous buildings, such as the World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower and Oriental Pearl Tower.  Most areas within Pudong feel very suburban and family-oriented like Jinqiao with its villa compounds, high-end apartments and close proximity to Pudong International Airport and Kangqiao, further south also with villa compounds, international supermarkets and shopping malls.

Puxi

Within Puxi there are many areas, each with a slightly different feel, that are popular with international families.  These areas all have easy access to shopping malls, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife and are well served by public transport.   Xuhui, covers most of the former historic, and exclusive, French Concession area with narrow tree lined streets and beautifully renovated villas and lane houses.  Changning, close to the city centre with plenty of green spaces and home to Shanghai Zoo, was the original expat location in Shanghai and is still very popular with international families.  The area around Zhongshan Park, a lovely family park with a boating lake, is a little quieter but still close to the city centre.  Minhang, whilst mostly farming and industrial area, has pockets of residential areas with villas that are popular with expats.  Hongqiao, part of the Minghang district and a former industrial zone adjacent to Hongqiao International Airport, is now a popular area with international families.  It has some large villas with private gardens and plenty of entertainment options including the Paradise Walk complex.


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Best international schools in Shanghai

Best International Schools in Shanghai - Rankings

Note: our rankings are based on parent, pupil and teacher reviews. If you think your Shanghai school should be in the top 20, get reviewing - we want to hear from real people with real experiences at schools so parents, teachers and pupils get the real story when they research their next school. You can find your school in the full List of International Schools in Shanghai, or search by name here.

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Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi 

5.0 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 16

Description

At Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi, we believe that every student no matter their age has the right to access the sharpest minds, past and present, in order to receive the very best of teaching and learning. Our curriculum embraces all mediums of communication from around the world, exposing students to global views; thoughts, ideas and knowledge from which they develop their own international mindset. It is our belief that by doing this, our students not only learn about the world around them, but as they develop, they will have a greater ability to transform it in the future.

Our curriculum is academically rigorous. Dulwich students are in the business of learning and there is an expectation that they will rise to this challenge with discipline and good grace. We expect students to have exemplary manners and uphold our College values at all times; Aim High and Work Hard. Be kind and respectful. Make a difference.

We encourage healthy competition. We expect all students to ‘have a go’ and do their best. And we do this whilst always upholding the values of empathy, compassion and kindness. We expect our students to use their privilege for good.

At Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi, the education of the whole child is critical and our curriculum offers daily routines and opportunities to ensure that students of every age are able to develop socially and emotionally well. Whether they are serving each other food during our family-style lunches in the College restaurant, or participating in our student led agencies, like the Student Council. We believe it is our responsibility to nurture and support students’ voices at all ages, as they are the hearts and minds of our College.

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Shanghai Pinghe School 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

Chinese,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Description

Shanghai Pinghe School (SPS) is a leader in bilingual education, in the vibrant international city of Shanghai, China, the largest city of the world. SPS is a boarding school with full operational and financial independence authorized by its board of directors (Shanghai Jinqiao Group) in Jin Qiao Green International Community, in Pudong District. Each year, we educate more than 1850 students in four programs with student-centered education, grounded in a resilient educational philosophy with our mission statement: Competitive World Citizens and Successful Life-long Learners Deeply Rooted in traditional Chinese Culture.

Pinghe encourages creative mindsets and abilities with an aim to pursue high quality teaching in core subjects that enable students to achieve high scores and aptitudes in four programs that are based here with qualified faculty members who work closely with each student to achieve par excellence (from Pudong District Examinations and top TOEFL/SAT scores to outstanding academic performance and high entrance rate) into world’s top colleges and universities. Also, SPS awards more than 500 Diplomas, Certificates and Awards annually.

Outstandingly, the graduation of our grade five and grade nine students stands at one hundred percent (100%) since the school’s inception with a Grade A rated top excellence, in Chinese, Math and English. Successively since 2002, the middle school has led Pudong District in examination marks in every subject and grade levels and, 100% graduation rate and school entrance rate atop Pudong New District.

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Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong was the first in the Dulwich College International family of schools, opening in 2003 in the Jinqiao District of Pudong. Since opening its doors with just 23 students, the College now educates approximately 1500 students from age 2 to age 18, with over forty different nationalities represented in our diverse student body.

Our links to Dulwich College, founded in 1619, are strong, and we collaborate closely with the other schools in the network to encourage an international outlook and create an extended community where academic ability is fostered, creativity is valued, and diversity is celebrated. We are proud to share a common heritage with all the schools in the DCI network, and equally value the traditions, unique to our school, that we have created since we opened. In 2016, we welcomed our second campus Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi in the Minhang District of Puxi.

Leading evidence based educational research has enabled us to present our principles of learning that underpin the best educational practices worldwide. Across ten Dulwich College International schools these guiding statements are driving effective and innovative pedagogy at each age and stage of a student’s learning journey.

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Shanghai American School 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

American,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

At Shanghai American School (SAS) we choose to believe students can only reach their full potential if they’re engaged, challenged, and inspired not just inside the classroom, but outside as well. We chose to be a not-for-profit, believing students would be better served if we focused on education, not balance sheets. We chose to create a Mission that would not merely be hung on a wall, but would serve as a guiding light to inform our actions every day. And in spite of a history that began 106 years ago, we chose to recognize that while our past can inform, it’s our future that truly inspires. These choices have made our school a wonderful place to learn. I sincerely hope they also make SAS the right choice for you. It seems that no matter what SAS visitors are looking for in the school, they come away with the same conclusion: I wish I would’ve gone to school here when I was a kid. It’s an understandable observation.

Because the educational experience of SAS excels in many ways. Looking for a rigorous academic environment that can prepare your child for some of the world’s most laudable colleges, universities and fine arts programs? You can find that here. Seeking a philosophy that will nurture your child both inside and outside the classroom? Let us tell you about our dozens of clubs, service learning opportunities, and sports teams that range from participatory up to a varsity-level program that has earned 101 APAC championships.

Searching for top facilities? Ours are unmatched in Shanghai, and our not-for-profit status means all revenue that goes into the school stays in the school, continually making the SAS experience even better. All of which has caused more than a few alumni to return to campus, look around, and say, I wish I was still in school here. Whether students are at SAS for a year or from pre-K through graduation, their time here is spent on a well-mapped journey of academic excellence.

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Western International School of Shanghai 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

Founded in 2006, the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) is an authentic international school with an international curriculum, taught by international staff, for internationally-minded students representing over 50 nationalities, within a caring and inspirational environment, and on a beautiful, purposely built campus.

WISS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Dedicated to international education, WISS is the only full continuum IB World School in mainland China with all four programmes of the International Baccalaureate offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP), and Career-related Programme (CP). Our international curriculum derives from the best teaching practices from around the world.

We have set ourselves apart with our unique programmes and initiatives that help students to explore and further their passions. Our warm and caring staff represent the best, representing approximately 30 nationalities, who inspire and support our students to reach high academic standards as well as develop socially, emotionally, and physically as well-balanced people. With most having earned advanced degrees, we recruit teachers who are experts in their fields.

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Shanghai Community International School 

5.0 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

Shanghai Community International School is one of the first international schools in Shanghai to become fully authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum World School, a world-class academic program aimed at rigorous critical thinking and global citizenship. This accreditation extends across all SCIS Campuses, including Hongqiao and Pudong, providing a seamless program for students aged 2-18, and comprised of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP).

From nursery and preschool, all the way through grade 12, students at Shanghai Community International School are provided with opportunities to explore their passions in a caring, nurturing, and differentiated environment. Students and teachers at SCIS join together in learning to appreciate the differences that both enrich us individually as well as create bonds within our community at large.

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Nord Anglia Chinese International School Shanghai 

4.8 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

English,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Description

Nord Anglia Chinese International School Shanghai (NACIS) caters to students from age 6 to 18 years. It follows the progressive blend of core elements of the Shanghai National Curriculum with other renowned international teaching methods and philosophy taught through the medium of Mandarin Chinese and English. We draw on the best of Chinese and Western learning styles and the experience of leading educators to provide a distinctive education programme for students.

We promise that your child will experience creative and challenging learning through inspirational teaching. We promise to nurture a sense of pride in both our individual and collective achievements. We promise to instil a culture of respect from all, for all. In addition to the Shanghai National curriculum, Nord Anglia Chinese International School Shanghai will expand your child’s horizons with a global perspective. For example, we ensure we choose topics that will engage and enable our students to learn all about the world around them, making sure they benefit fully from their international experience.

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Concordia International School Shanghai logo Concordia International School Shanghai 

4.6 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Concordia International School Shanghai Concordia International School Shanghai (CISS) attracts those families seeking rigorous academics, a whole child philosophy and a welcoming environment for themselves and their children. Our comprehensive American curriculum, from Preschool 3 to Grade 12, produces students with their own unique balance of Global Citizen, Servant Leader, Spirited Athlete, Confident Artist, and Passionate Scholar. Concordia is community.

Through a culture of involvement and interaction with students and faculty, our families connect. The unique partnership that results ensures the best outcome for our students. Our diverse community, grounded in Christian values, creates the ideal foundation for the entire family’s success. Amazing educators and big ideas feed Concordia’s ethos of raising the bar in education, co-curricular activities and community. With a focus on excellence in academics and authentic learning, we use curriculum incubators to develop educational experiences to respond to student interests. Our diverse intersection of passion, excellence and strong community elevates the outcomes of all we do.

At Concordia International School Shanghai, rigorous American curriculum intersects with inspired fine arts, a culture of making and authentic learning, purpose-built facilities and meaningful service learning programs in a comprehensive way that challenges our students to reach their goals. Whether at Concordia for one year or through to graduation, our students find what they need to pursue life success.

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Yew Chung International School of Shanghai 

4.4 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

1 to 18

Description

Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS)’s philosophy is the blend of two major cultures, of the East and the West. We believe in the benefits of becoming competently bilingual and believe that the real essence of a culture must not just be understood, but truly valued.

To cultivate this cultural experience for our students, YCIS campuses are led jointly by two Co-Principals, one international and one Chinese. They represent the union of the East and West, working closely as partners to oversee their campuses.

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Lycée Francais de Shanghai 

4.2 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

French

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Lycée Français de Shanghai (LFS) is a private school, managed by the Managing Committee of the Parents’ Association, and appointed by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE, Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger). The teaching programs follow the French curricula, and the decisions about the guidance of students are valid in all French schools, both abroad and in France.

The LFS has two campuses, one in Qingpu and one in Pudong, and welcomes over 1,500 students, from kindergarten to high school (Terminale). Guidance is a continuous and progressive process throughout the school years. The goal is to make the student more independent by guiding him/her to choose what education they will pursue.

In this section, you will find the guidance information program, as well as information on guidance: the different courses, the procedures, the timeline of the post-bac procedures, etc.

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The British International School Shanghai Puxi 

4.0 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

English,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

The British International School Shanghai (BISS) Puxi offers a British style education to the international community of Shanghai, leading to qualifications that are recognized, valued and respected around the world in universities and institutes of further education.

Our campus has first class facilities resourced to the highest level and staffed with dedicated, skilled and committed teachers, ensuring that BISS education is amongst the very best available anywhere in the world. BISS Teachers are typified by their dedication and commitment, and our continuing professional development means that we make the best use of contemporary educational practices.

You will find that The British International School Shanghai Puxi is a very welcoming community and new students very quickly feel at home here. The happiness and contentment of our students is of utmost importance to us: the academic success that we have achieved here comes about through rigour, hard work and discipline, but also through a very strong pastoral element that accompanies the emotional development of our students.

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Nord Anglia International School Shanghai Pudong 

3.9 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

English,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

Nord Anglia International School Shanghai Pudong was established in 2002 and is an excellent international school in Shanghai focusing on high achievement for every child and success across all subject areas. We offer the very best of the British education system in China for children aged 12 months to 18 years.

We offer your child a truly global experience, where personal ambitions are nurtured by our inspirational teachers and challenged by exceptional learning opportunities. Your child will be welcomed into an inspiring and internationally diverse community where students learn to make a difference in the world. Your child and your family will love being part of our school.

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Deutsche Schule Shanghai - Hongkiao 

3.6 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

German

Primary Language

German

Ages

2 to 18

Description

The German School Shanghai Hongqiao (DSSH) has been awarded the seal of approval Excellent German School Abroad by German school authorities and lives the European idea every day: More than 900 children and young people of the German school enjoy the highest level of education and share the location with the French school , So school is not only a learning environment, but also a cultural center where togetherness is paramount. Our school is not only a place of learning, but also of coexistence. Small classes allow for individual support, arousing both learning and performance. Numerous working groups, projects and holiday camps strengthen the community spirit and offer space to live out talents and abilities. From the first contact, through the first visit to the first day in the classroom or in the Kitagruppe - we accompany you every step of the way and are committed to a successful school career of children and young people. We design the processes as smoothly as possible.

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Deutsche Schule Shanghai - Pudong 

2.8 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

German

Primary Language

German

Ages

2 to 18

Description

The German School Shanghai (DSS) is one of the largest German schools abroad and awarded the seal of approval Excellent German School Abroad by German school authorities. In the metropolis of Shanghai, the Pudong site provides education at the highest level for over 350 children and adolescents. It is more than just an excellent school - it is a cultural center in which togetherness comes first. Anyone who goes on a journey through the history of the German School Shanghai, must buckle up, because since its opening in 1995 by the newly founded school association German School Shanghai e. V., the learning center has developed rapidly from a tiny classroom with four students to a highly modern and award-winning educational institution. At its two locations in Hongqiao and Pudong, the school currently offers more than 1,250 children and adolescents from kindergarten to high school a place of learning and togetherness, making it one of the largest German schools abroad. With the move of the Pudong branch office in the school year 2019/20 to the new EuroCampus in Yangpu, the German School Shanghai is once again setting the course for the future.

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Wellington College International Shanghai 

2.6 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

English,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Wellington College International Shanghai Opened in August 2014 and located in the New Bund area, Wellington College International Shanghai is a fully co-educational day school with over 1,300 pupils, aged 3 to 18 years old. Consistent with the ethos of its prestigious partner in the UK, the College seeks to develop the ‘Wellington Identity’ in every child. Wellingtonians are encouraged to be Inspired, Intellectual, Independent, Individual and Inclusive. Boasting a state-of-the-art campus, Wellington has built a vibrant community where all pupils strive to achieve academic excellence and engage in a comprehensive range of opportunities in music, performing arts and sports.

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Shanghai United International School 

2.2 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

Chinese,IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Our campus is located in the heart of the Gubei international community containing comprehensive teaching buildings, IT facilities, laboratories, a learning resource centre, specialist art music & drama facilities,  parents reception room, indoor gym, outdoor sports areas, medium and large conference rooms and a modern cafeteria. At SUIS, we are committed to providing high-quality multi-cultural and holistic international education by integrating elements of both Eastern and Western education. We prepare our students to become internationally-minded, global citizens and, through a range of educational programmes, prepare the way for entry to the world’s best universities. We offer a continuous English National Curriculum, IGCSE and International Baccalaureate IB Diploma and Certificate. Our pupil numbers continue to rise due to increasing demand. We now have over 900 pupils on roll in the international stream and have a teaching staff of 60 western teachers and 20 Chinese teachers.

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Shanghai Shangde Experimental School 

2.0 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Description

Shanghai Shangde Experimental School is a private boarding school, founded by Shangde Shangde Education Investment and Development Co. in September 2003, with the principal academic units being the Primary Division, the Junior & Senior High Division, and the Integrated Department.  Its main campus is located in the Kangqiao area in Pudong, taking up 216 acres of land and housing an area of 147, 000 square meters.  The campus is divided into 7 areas: the teaching and learning area, sports courts and gyms, living area, art centers, student service center, which as a whole demonstrate the integration of science & technology, humanities and art.  The school also has campuses in Pudong and Minhang districts, and is continuously expanding its educational presence. Shanghai Shangde Experimental School aims to provide an inspiring, challenging, diverse and secure learning environment that allows students to develop their potential through creativity and collaboration and being able to apply their skills in real-life, to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

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Other International Schools in Shanghai

There are 22 other international schools in Shanghai that didn't make it into our Top 20, either because they didn't have enough reviews or its review rating was too low. If your school is one of those and you think it should make the Top 20, make sure you add your review and tell your story via the school links below.

School Curriculum Rating
Hong Qiao International School American 5.0 / 5
The SMIC Private School Shanghai American,Chinese 5.0 / 5
Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School IB 5.0 / 5
YK Pao School English,Chinese,IB 5.0 / 5
Shanghai Livingston American School American 4.0 / 5
Yew Wah School of Shanghai Gubei English,Chinese 4.0 / 5
The Little Urban Center English 4.0 / 5
Shanghai Singapore International School English,IB 4.0 / 5
Adcote School Shanghai English 1.0 / 5
Britannica International School Shanghai English n/a
Shanghai HD Bilingual School English,Chinese n/a
Vanke Bilingual School IB,Chinese n/a
Harrow International School Shanghai English n/a
Fudan International School American,IB n/a
Shanghai High School International Division American,IB n/a
Yew Wah School of Shanghai Lingang IB,Chinese n/a
Lucton School Shanghai English n/a
Shanghai Concord Bilingual School English,Chinese n/a
St. Paul American School, Shanghai American n/a
Canadian International School Kunshan Canadian,IB n/a
Shanghai Jincai International School IB n/a
Dehong Chinese International School International, Chinese n/a

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