The languages we speak are as diverse as our multicultural community. SIS provides an integrated approach to language learning that helps our students become engaged international thinkers and communicators within a global society.
All SIS students begin studying Chinese for Speakers of Other Languages (CSOL) in Kindergarten, and have the opportunity to continue through each grade level through the IB Diploma Program in Grade 12. For native and advanced near-native speakers of Chinese, SIS offers a course which is designed to develop and enhance literacy for students who are already verbally fluent in Mandarin.
SIS also offers the French International Program from pre-school to Grade 9 and is the only school in Shenzhen accredited by the French Ministry of National Education. The program offers the French national curriculum and is taught by French government certified teachers.
Students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 may also partake in SIS's German program for native speakers and as an additional language (DaZ). German language classes are open to children who have German as their "native or mother tongue" and desire to maintain and improve their native language. The goal of the class is to increase students' German language and literacy so that they will maintain their familiarity with the language for eventual repatriation to Germany and entrance into German schools.