Shekou International School is a private, co-educational, not-for-profit school located in the People’s Republic of China. It serves students in Nursery School through 12th grade (ages 2-18) The Elementary school and Early Childhood programs are located on a campus located in the beautiful Jingshan residential area. The Middle and High Schools are located at the new Bayside campus overlooking the South China Sea. The language of instruction is English for all classes with the exception of proficiency leveled Mandarin classes. SIS is Shenzhen’s leading school for expatriates.
Shekou International School is the only international school in Shenzhen that is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). IB Diploma program is fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization. The school is a member of the East Asian Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and a member of All-China and Mongolia International School (ACAMIS) organization.
Students and Faculty
Shekou International School presently has over 800 students representing 40 different countries. Among them 20% are American, 55% are Asian and 20% are European. The faculty consists of over 90 teachers coming from the United States, Canada, U.K., New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Guatemala, and China. The student–staff ratio is well under 10:1. All the staff are certified in their area of assignment, including all specialists.
Academic Calendar and School Day
The school year is comprised of 180 days divided into trimesters, from August through October, November through February and March to June for Elementary School. The year is divided into two semesters for the Middle and High School.
Early Childhood Center
The Early Childhood Center (ECC) programs cater to the needs of our youngest students with a child-centered, experiential environment for 2-5 year olds. Small class sizes and a comfortable mix of structured play, the arts, drama, and pre-academics are key features of the ECC.
The Kindergarten through 5th grade day is divided into various learning blocks of time. These learning blocks allow the student to learn the skills and content within each subject area in a more focused framework. Like the Middle school, the Lower School students experience a rich variety of specialist classes. Every student benefits from having several classes of Art, Music, Physical Education, Technology, Library, Guidance and Chinese within our 8 day cycle.
The school day is divided into two core and two exploratory time blocks. Students have one or two academic courses in each block to cover a topic in depth. Middle School is a time for students to strengthen their basic skills, begin to think and work in the abstract rather than concrete realm, and explore a variety of subjects.
The SIS High School is dedicated to experiential learning. Students are actively involved in rigorous, credit bearing classes in the humanities, arts, sciences, math, and electives. In 2010 SIS launched International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. A unique feature is the online VHS (Virtual High School) program.
Other Relevant Information:
School Hours: At the mountainside campus, the school hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Monday through Friday for K-5. In the Early Childhood program the hours are 8:30-11:30 A.M. and 1:00-3:00 P.M. At the Bayside campus the hours are from 8:15 - 3:15.
Transportation: SIS subcontracts a transportation service for students who reside outside the Shekou area.
School Year: The academic year begins on August and ends on June.