About SIS

Head of school's Welcome

Welcome to Shekou International School!

As Shenzhen’s first international school, SIS has been inspiring students for nearly 30 years, providing a challenging and rigorous education in a caring community. Our success has been recognized by Apple Inc. as an Apple Distinguished School. SIS was also named as School of the Year 2014-15 by the 21st Century Learning International.

Here are some key features that make SIS unique.

People: Together, our teachers, students and administrators, represent over 40 countries around the world. Our faculty are experienced, committed professionals. Most of them have advanced university degrees and all of them participate in continued professional learning throughout the school year and summer. Many lead seminars and courses throughout Asia and are recognized as leaders in education. They provide a nurturing, student-centered community, providing each child with a personalized education in a diverse, international environment.

Curriculum: As an authorized International Baccalaureate World School, students at SIS have access to the finest teaching and learning that schools can offer. Our standards-based curriculum is developed from the best and most current of national and international curricula. Student-centered, inquiry-based learning is at the heart of how our teachers work with each student from early childhood to graduation. Academic rigour is maintained while fostering hands-on learning and individual exploration, thus allowing our students to take full advantage of the learning opportunities of the 21st Century. SIS students consistently perform above their peers on a variety of international tests and gain entry to leading universities around the world. Complementing the academics, we offer students comprehensive athletics and arts programs.

Facilities: SIS provides modern, technologically-advanced facilities for students within safe, green, beautifully landscaped settings for the Early Childhood and Elementary children. Our middle and high school students attend a recently renovated campus that features flexible, open and dynamic learning spaces that foster collaboration and inspire their learning. On both campuses and in all grade levels, students have full access to the best educational technology available. SIS students also have access to a variety of venues beyond the classroom and our campuses, allowing for sports and service learning activities that contribute to their full physical and social development as they grow and develop.

Tradition: SIS is a non-profit school owned by International Schools Services (ISS), giving us access to a global network of educational support resources. For nearly 30 years, SIS has served the expatriate community of Shenzhen with excellence. It has become known for its rigorous curriculum delivered in a caring and nurturing environment. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT) of China. Our students benefit from association and competition with fellow international students through our long-time affiliation with the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS), the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS), other regional athletic conferences, and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).

We are proud of our school and we are working hard to make it even better. We welcome you to join our SIS community.


Robert Stearns
Head of School

Mr. Stearns has worked for 27 years in public education in Canada before becoming an international school teacher and administrator in 2001. He has worked with international schools in Europe and Asia for the past 16 years. He and his wife Yvonne are the proud parents of three children and the grandparents of four grandchildren, all living in Canada and the USA.


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Shekou International School

Early Childhood and Elementary School Mountainside Campus

Jing Shan Villas, Nanhai Blvd
Shekou, Nanshan,
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518067 PRC
Phone: 86-755-2669-3669
Fax: 86-755-2667-4099

Middle School and High School Bayside Campus

A-101, Coastal Rose Phase 2, Wanghai Road,
Shekou, Nanshan,
Shenzhen, Guangdong PRC, 518067


International Schools Services

15 Roszel Road, PO Box 5910
Princeton, NJ 08543
Phone: 01-609-452-0990
Fax: 01-609-452-2690

About SIS

Welcome to Shekou International School (SIS). Established in 1988, SIS is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.


Shekou International School presently has over 800 students representing more than 40 different countries including the US, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, France and Germany.

Learning @ SIS

At SIS learning is the focus. See how students are challenged from an early age in a contemporary and academically rigorous environment.

Life @ SIS

SIS provides students with a wide range of creative, scholastic and athletic experiences to engage in.

Working @ SIS

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