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Middle School

Research shows that the Middle School Years represent a period of the greatest developmental change for a child - physically, socially, and emotionally - since birth. At SCIS, we tailor our Middle School Program to provide the special attention and nurturing which adolescents require to gracefully mature, to develop their passions, and to explore new areas of potential talents or interests. SCIS believes that because children mature at different ages, opportunities must be continually provided for them to feel comfortable exploring a variety of academic and co-curricular topics, in inclusive and supportive ways.
SCIS believes that successful middle schools for young adolescents are characterized by a culture that includes...


  • High expectations and standards for every student - young adolescents are more capable than adults often assume, and we need to assure that expectations are set with this thought in mind. Our educators value working with this age group and are prepared to do so.
  • Effective programs with sufficient support allowing young adolescents to experience a high level of success, develop interests, feel supported when taking risks to pursue challenges outside of their comfort areas, and potentially discover hidden talents and likes.
  • Meaningful and diverse academic offerings, co-curricular activities, and the encouragement from teachers and parents to have a high level of participation.
  • Teaming and effective strategies for in-depth learning and assessment.
  • The ability to meet the individual academic, social, and emotional needs of adolescents.
  • Teachers modeling lifelong learning.
  • Curriculum that is relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory.
  • High levels of questioning strategies throughout every subject, and the development of learning communities where students pose and answer questions important to them.


High School

Students from over 30 nations are enrolled in grades 9 through 12. All of our students pursue IB Diploma Program coursework in a rigorous but supportive academic environment.


All SCIS Pudong students participate in multiple extra-curricular activities including a lively fine arts program and a competitive inter-scholastic athletics program. Our teams have impressive championship records in many of the international school sports  leagues and travel throughout Shanghai, China and internationally to compete. Other popular activities include model united nations, music, drama, language clubs, and a large variety of other activities. Many of the clubs and activities are student initiated and student led.



The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Council of Curriculum and Textbooks (NCCT) accredit our school. SCIS is an IB World School.


International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

Group 1: Language A

English A Literature (HL/SL)
Mandarin A Literature (HL/SL)
Korean A Literature (HL/SL)


Group 2: Language Acquisition

English B (HL/SL)
Mandarin B (HL/SL)
French B (HL/SL)
Language Ab Initio: Mandarin; Spanish


Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Psychology (HL/SL)
Economics (HL/SL)
History (HL/SL)

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

Biology (HL/SL)
Chemistry (HL/SL)
Physics (HL/SL)

Sports Exercise and Health Science (SL)


Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics (HL)
Mathematics Standard (SL)
Mathematical Studies (SL)


Group 6: Fine Arts

Film (HS/SL)
Visual Arts (HL/SL)

Music (HL/SL)


IB Presentations

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