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Pre-Kindergarten Program

We are proud to offer a specifically designed early Childhood Program at Shanghai American School that utilizes the best research-based practices.

Our program is guided by internationally recognized organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children and other highly regarded specialists within the early childhood and child development field of study.

One of the most important "events” of your child’s life is his or her first day of school. At SAS we take the responsibility of providing a safe and nurturing learning environment very seriously. Our teachers work together to create a welcoming environment that is developmentally appropriate, fosters independence, and encourages a passion for learning through authentic exploration and hands-on experiences. Early childhood students rapidly develop foundational capabilities on which subsequent development builds so in addition to their remarkable linguistic and cognitive gains, they will exhibit dramatic progress in their emotional, social, and moral capacities. All of these critical dimensions of early development are intertwined, and each requires focused attention by our staff.

As a parent at SAS you play a key role in your child’s educational development. You will have many opportunities to support, celebrate, and partner in the learning process. Just wait until you see your child up on the stage performing with their class or grade level to a musical performance, or listening to your child begin early stages of their literacy development in both English and Chinese. These are all events that will not only make you proud but continue to nurture those stages of early childhood development.

Get ready to be an active part of one of the best international schools in the world. We welcome you to join our community of learners here at Shanghai American School.


Michael Allen and Michael Hibbeln
Elementary School Principals
Shanghai American School

Pudong Elementary School

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Sanna Robinson
Vice Principal

Puxi Elementary School

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Teri Lynn Ferentz
Vice Principal

Early Childhood Program Gallery