Our Edge for Excellence
Our Edge for Excellence is Shanghai American School’s annual campaign to raise funding for important initiatives to enhance the experience and education of our students. These initiatives go above and beyond tuition and fees support to ensure that our students have the edge to succeed in everything they do now and in their futures.
The Arts play an important role in our students’ lives and academic journey. They inspire our students to try new things, to create, and to appreciate their talents and those of others. The Arts are also a lens to explore and discuss other disciplines from math to history. This year, Our Edge for Excellence will focus on the Arts at SAS. We will raise 3,000,000 RMB in support of two special programs for our school. The first is the expansion of the Artists in Residence program which will allow us to host opportunities for our students to work with and be inspired by professional artists from around the world. The second is the establishment of SAS TV, a livestream program that will allow our students to develop valuable broadcasting skills while they share their experiences on our campuses with the world. As part of the campaign, we will be hosting the Gala for the Arts on March 11, 2017. This special evening will showcase our talented students’ work in the performing and visual arts and all the proceeds will benefit our students through the two special initiatives, Artists in Residence and SAS TV.
At Shanghai American School, inspiring things don’t just happen, they happen every day. Performances, shows, competitions, presentations, and special events fill our campuses. In order to celebrate and capture these meaningful moments, the School will create SAS TV. This livestream program will allow the School to reach beyond Shanghai, to allow friends and loved ones an opportunity to share in our students’ experience at SAS.
Your gift to this initiative will provide the special equipment and technology to support the SAS TV program, including camera equipment in the Performing Arts Centers and the necessary portable technology to regularly broadcast big events such as student performances, APAC events, and graduation.
With your support our students will gain valuable production and broadcast experience beginning in 2017-18. SAS TV will be shared online and re-aired throughout our campuses. This program will increase our school’s visibility, more closely connect activities in and outside the classroom, and build school pride.
Shanghai American School has a tradition of hosting professional artists to work with our students in their respective fields. This tradition has grown out of our belief that the Arts not only enrich the academic experience of our students but also their understanding of the world. Something incredible happens when middle schoolers learn about Jazz from the Charl du Plessis Trio from South Africa. When a sophomore warms up with the principal dancers from the Shanghai Dance Company before they perform the “Crested Ibis.” When a third grader works alongside his new classmates to create a community art piece with mosaic artist, Pamela Irving from Australia. These experiences create a bridge between disciplines, between cultures, between our students and the greater community.
Your gift to Artists in Residence will continue and expand this tradition by giving our students access to these types of international professionals on the stage and in the classroom. Help us celebrate the Arts at SAS and build connections and understanding across the globe.
We invite you to support SAS with a gift to one or many of the above projects between now and May 31 2017.
Our Edge for Excellence FAQ
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- Why don’t we just raise the tuition?
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- Who should I speak to about making a gift to SAS? What if I have more questions?
Giving to the Edge for Excellence Campaign is more than just "paying a bill.” It is about making a conscious choice to invest in our community. By supporting the school through voluntary contributions, each family can give according to their financial ability. In addition, Edge for Excellence gifts are tax deductible in America. If you make a gift on-line though our giving page it goes to our Friends of Shanghai American School Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the IRS recognizes your donation as a charitable gift.
Our Development staff is happy to speak with you about supporting SAS. If you would like to make a gift or if you have any questions about Our Edge for Excellence, please contact Crickett Kasper at
or +86-21-6221-1445 extension 2256.