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Welcome from the Head of School

Dear SCIS Parents and Friends,


Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at the Pudong Campus of the Shanghai Community International School.  We’re thrilled to welcome you to our community.


Our first campus opened its doors in 2002 and since that time we have experienced phenomenal success. We are a dynamic international community of teachers, students, and parents who come together in state-of-the-art facilities with a shared vision of holistic student-education. Our mission has propelled us to the forefront of education in Shanghai.


This year, we’re excited to be adding our authorization visits for the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs for the Middle Years (MYP) and Primary Years (PYP)*.  The IB is a world-class academic program aimed at rigorous critical thinking and global citizenship. But at SCIS, we aim to be more than the IB.


Your child will experience an academically rigorous, college-preparatory program balanced against our desire to foster students’ artistic, athletic, and global citizenship endeavors; our nurturing community is focused on each individual to provide opportunities for student success.


SCIS is and always has been a school where community is valued.  Throughout the inevitable changes in Shanghai, we have kept a core belief that our school is an intimate place where each student is nurtured and challenged. Our distinctive setting in this cosmopolitan city allows our students to interact with over forty nationalities, creating an exceptional environment for growth, understanding and personal development. Our school is the community-building environment which fosters these relationships.


It is this unique combination of internationalism, strong academics, with an emphasis on holistic development through a personalized approach that makes us special.


I am truly excited to be returning to SCIS Pudong to serve the community in my role as Head of School. My wife Laurie and I worked at SCIS for six years, and we are returning to Shanghai after spending the last eight years in Budapest Hungary. I am also joined by my three daughters who were all educated as SCIS Dragons and are excited to return to Shanghai and connect with the special people and dynamic energy that we associate with SCIS. To all of the new families joining SCIS, on behalf of the entire faculty, I offer you a warm welcome.


All the Best,


Derek Luebbe


Derek Luebbe


*SCIS Is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World Continuum School.


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