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Shanghai American School (SAS)

  • Editor's Description

    Shanghai American School is a reputable international school in Shanghai. Their curriculum and teaching ideologies are based on the American education system. An elected Board of Trustees, which must include six parents and a representative from the US Consulate, determine educational operations, school leadership, and finances. The school was originally founded in 1912.

  • Self Introduction

    Shanghai American School (SAS) is the kind of school you wish you would've attended when you were a kid. We have a challenging academic curriculum that helps pave a path to top universities around the world, over 150 activities and award-winning clubs, and sports teams that won three times more APAC championships last year than any other school. And as a non-profit, all our revenue goes into making the school even better, resulting in many facilities that are at university level. SAS is one of Asia's most respected international schools, and is China's most established international school, with a history that begins in 1912. We are an independent school with two campuses, both offering a comprehensive syllabus from pre-K3 to grade 12 and an AP and Full IB Diploma. In fact, SAS was chosen to be one of the first 100 schools worldwide to offer the AP Capstone degree.

    • Year Founded 1912
    • Age of Students 3 – 18
    • Number of Students 2900
  • Tuition

    PreK 3&4 RMB 167,000 Kindergarten-Grade 5 RMB 222,000 Grade 6-8 RMB 239,000 Grade 9-12 RMB 250,000

  • Accreditations

  • Grades Offered

    PK-3 to Grade 12

  • Number of Nationalities

    Students from 44 countries

  • Curriculum

    SAS follows an American Core Curriculum, which is developed and revised regularly by faculty groups based on best practices and current research in education. They offer over 45 courses in AP and IB programs.

  • Teacher Demographics

    70% of teachers have a master's degree or and higher. 57%% of teachers working at SAS for more than 3 years. 63% of teachers are from the U.S. Total number of teacher nationalities: 31

  • Languages Taught

    SAS teaches Mandarin daily in pre-K and Elementary classes, and offer Intensive Language as an Additional Language program (IEAL) as well as seven different levels in Mandarin, Chinese, French, and Spanish. For native language speakers in high school, we offer a Mother Tongue program that’s integrated into daily schedules.

  • Extracurricular Activities

    Students participate in over 150 clubs, sports, and other activities including National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, International Thespian Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Model United Nations, Poetry Club, Architectural Design Club, Community Service, Quiz Bowl, National History Bee and Bowl, Amnesty International, Roots and Shoots, Habitat for Humanity, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Documentary Film Making, cooking, Tabletop Gaming Society, Mu Alpha Theta Club, Korean Culture Appreciation Club (KCAC), Robotics Club, Fencing Club, Engineering Club, and Rotary International's Interact Club. SAS is a founding member of Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC), which comprises some of the pre-eminent international schools in Asia. Through APAC, SAS students participate in badminton, baseball, basketball, cross country, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volleyball, band, choir, dance, forensics, orchestra, and theater. The school also co-founded the China Cup and Tri-Cities competitions. SAS middle school students participate in the China International Schools Sports Association (CISSA) League.

  • School Facilities

    On both campuses, the quality of SAS facilities meet or exceed those found on many university campuses. Highlights include digital design centers, dance studios, recording studios, film rooms, maker spaces, music and art rooms, six gyms, playing fields, tracks, performing arts centers, black box theaters, six- and eight-lane aquatic centers, playgrounds, Eagle Shop spirit stores, and on-campus Apple help centers. The school’s four libraries house the largest English-language collection of books in Asia.

  • School Bus

    Transportation to and from campus is provided for a fee; after-school activities buses are free of charge.