Admissions Inquiry

Contact Us

If we can assist you in any way through these transitional times, please feel free to contact us :

  • Email:
  • Pudong Campus:
    +86-21-6221-1445
    ext. 3305
  • Puxi Campus:
    +86-21-6221-1445
    ext. 2152

Admission Criteria

Admission decisions at Shanghai American School (SAS) are based on a review of each candidate's English language proficiency, demonstrated academic achievement, and developmental, social, and behavioral background.

Parents should note that amongst equally qualified candidates, priority consideration (not automatic placement) is given to returning students, overseas applicants, U.S. passport holders, those with siblings currently attending SAS, and those with stronger academic English proficiency. Admission decisions also take into account the balance of English language learners and other relevant demographic factors in order for SAS to realize its mission and support its core values.

Requirements

Pre-K3 & Pre-K4 and Kindergarten

  • Toilet-trained
  • Foundational English highly recommended
  • Parent and child meeting with a member of the Admission Committee
  • Visitation session in August to determine class distribution

Grade 1 to 2

  • Parent and child meeting with a member of the Admission Committee
  • Possible EAL testing for students whose primary language is not English

Grade 3 to 10

  • NWEA MAP assessment preferred
  • Other standardized test scores such as the SSAT, ERB, ISA, IOWA Basic Skills Test or state tests may be accepted as alternate assessments
  • Interview with a member of the Admission Committee
  • Possible EAL testing for students whose primary language is not English

Grade 11 & Grade 12

  • NWEA MAP assessment preferred
  • PSAT, SAT or ACT may be accepted as alternate assessments
  • Interview with a member of the Admission Committee
  • Must be English proficient

*Once students gain admission to SAS, the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs have no additional admission requirements. The IB and AP is available to all Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled at SAS. For our IB Program Policies please visit the IB Program Policy Manual.

English Proficiency

Nonnative English-speaking candidates will be given an English as an Additional Language (EAL) test to determine if EAL support is required. Limited spaces are available for such support.

To ensure the academic and social success of our students, we limit the proportion of students who receive EAL support to no more than 25% per grade level.

The following guidelines will be used by the Admission Committee to determine whether a student will be invited to take the EAL assessment:

  • The primary language spoken by the student
  • The language(s) spoken between parents and the student
  • The student’s educational background
  • The primary language of both parents

"SAS has offered everything I would expect from an international school. My daughter likes going to school everyday."

An Elementary School parent at SAS Pudong campus
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"SAS academics are actually very strong. They have very good training in reading and writing, which is critical. SAS also has very interesting activities like China Alive."

An Middle School parent at SAS Puxi Middle School
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