One of the main concerns families with kids and teens have when relocating overseas is finding a school that will nurture, teach and keeps their children engaged as they grow. As Shenzhen evolves as a business hub and more and more families settle in the city, the need for high-quality international education continues to be on the rise! In this round-up of the best international schools in Shenzhen, you’ll find Little Steps Asia’s top picks of institutions that welcome kids from all around the globe!
The International School of Nanshan Shenzhen is located in Shenzhen's fast-growing education and research district. Proud to be the first International Baccalaureate World School in the city, the ISNS also teaches its students ages 4 to 19 the prestigious Canadian Curriculum.
Focusing on developing skills needed in a connected world, the ISNS nurtures next-gen, intelligent, and socially conscious global citizens! Check out their brand new campus and admissions here. Important to note that the school is allowed to enroll only holders of foreign passports!
Accredited since 2006 by the Middle States Association -the prestigious non-profit association that helps schools develop their programs and education plans- the QSI International School of Shenzhen focuses on providing a friendly and supportive environment for kids ages 2 - 18. At QSI, children also get to enjoy a slew of creative activities designed to empower and hone their skills, on top of the school's academic programs. Kids and parents can also join some of the many wellness initiatives the school offers - which is great as transitioning from overseas can create a lot of stress and anxiety!
The Shenzhen College is amongst the best schools in Asia. The school's academic results speak for themselves as over 100 students that graduated here have attended some of the most prestigious universities in England and the United States. Their admission process is rigorous and targets deeply motivated students eager to get the best degrees and continue on a high-level professional path. The college teaches the British Curriculum and also has a strong focus on art programs -music, drama, literature, and more.
Following the American Common Core standards -and some elements of the Chinese Curriculum-, the Buena Vista Concordia International School takes pride in having American-trained staff focused on a holistic approach to education. Kids transitioning from the United States should find it easy to blend in here, as well as those who intend to study overseas after finishing Grade 8. The pillars of the school have the child's academic, physical, social, and emotional needs at the core of all their programs. This school belongs to a wider network of institutions spread out around the world, which can also be helpful for families that are constantly on the move.
Families close to Shenzhen's CBD, this one is for you! Located in the district of Futian, just by Shenzhen's Central Park, this school is a great option for ex-pats and locals looking to learn from both the National Curriculum and an adapted UK International Curriculum. With a strong focus on innovation and technology, the Green Oasis School offers bilingual education -English and Chinese- in a multi-cultural environment. As China keeps growing, they understand the importance of nailing both world-leading languages. The school welcomes visitors throughout the school year, just get in touch here!
This independent South Korean International school located in Nanshan welcomes kids ages 5 - 18 into a path of self-guided learning and discovery. With highly trained staff and students from over 20 countries, parents keen to expose their kids to a very international environment within a small school -they currently have 300 students- would find a great fit here! All subjects are taught in English, plus the institution is constantly holding cultural, creative and innovative events and exhibits to ensure a great future for their students.
Being the only institution with both CIS - Council of International Schools - and WASC - Western Association of Schools and Colleges - accreditations in Shenzhen, the SWIS school takes pride in bringing kids high-level education. Following the International Baccalaureate programs from pre-kindergarten to high school, kids here get to have a real feel of diversity in a modern and forward-thinking campus. Only children with foreign passports can enroll at this school - this includes kids from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
Although the Merchiston International School Shenzhen opened its doors in 2018, the school counts with a 185-years story straight from Edinburgh! Being the first overseas campus of the Merchiston Castle School, the MIS Shenzhen is also the first boarding school in the city rendering a full British National Curriculum that still integrates the Chinese culture through their top art programs. Based in Longhua District -north of Shenzhen- the MIS boasts 3 apartment buildings for their students, plus an impressive array of sports, arts and technology installations.
Fostering creativity, problem-solving, productivity and critical thinking at high levels, the Basis Charter Schools Curriculum leads the way to next-gen achievers. Featuring its own curriculum, the Basis Schools were created in the United States when two academicians realized the current American Curriculum was great for self-development but lacked challenge and discipline. With no standardized testing required, the school thrives in teaching kids reach academic excellence by learning and thinking 'outside the box.' Read more about their philosophy here!
Basis International School Shenzhen, Tower C. Wanlian Building 5th Gongye Road Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, +86 755 2361 6666, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.basisinternationalsz.com
Associated with the Bromsgrove School UK and following a long story of tradition and education, the Bromsgrove School Mission Hills Shenzhen stands out as an international school that prioritizes academic achievements and cultural integration. The school is bilingual, teaching a blend of the National British Curriculum and the Chinese Curriculum to kids from pre-school till the final years of prep-school. In September 2020 the school is set to launch the Senior School, which will be both a day and a boarding school. They'll accept both international and Chinese national students. Parents and kids eager to step into British traditional education, and stay connected with Chinese culture will find this school is a great fit!