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The Shanghai American School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and is member of a number of educational and professional organizations, including: AP, IB, CASE, ISM, and PTC.

Shanghai American School


We build futures.

Founded in 1912, SAS is China's largest international school, with more than 3000 students from 40 countries. We offer a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 program based on an American core curriculum. We are a private nonprofit, and nondenominational school set on two purpose-built campuses.

We take pride in being a top-tier benchmark school in China and that 98 percent of our graduates move on to colleges and universities of their choice around the world. We are committed to our program that reflects both our school community's high expectations for academic rigor and the needs of our multinational student body. We are also deeply committed to our mission, which encourages all students to live their dreams.

We support our program with state-of-the-art facilities that include gymnasiums, IT centers, science laboratories, music and art rooms, playing fields, outdoor tracks, two stunning Performing Arts Centers, blackbox theaters, and two aquatic centers. Our combined libraries contain the largest English-language collection of books in Asia. We are proud to teach Chinese to more students in more levels of proficiency than any other international school in the region.

We encourage our students to pursue a wide range of interests beyond the classroom. In partnership with parents, we foster the development of each student’s potential by seeking a balance of academic, physical, social, emotional and ethical pursuits.

We represent an international community of teachers, students, parents, counselors, psychologists, librarians, and more. Our teachers alone represent more than 27 countries, with nearly two thirds from North America. Nearly 60 percent hold master’s degrees or above.

We believe that by offering our students a challenging American core curriculum with an international perspective, we will inspire a passion for learning and a lifelong commitment to intellectual vitality and global thinking that will pervade every aspect of their lives.

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