Shanghai American School (SAS) is a non-profit, co-educational international preparatory school established in 1912 in Shanghai, China. It has a history of more than a 100 years and is well-known among the international schools in Shanghai. SAS has two campuses in Shanghai. The Puxi campus is located in Huacao Town, Minhang District and the Pudong campus is located in the Shanghai Links Executive Community in Pudong.
The SAS Mission Statement states that it inspires in all students a passion for learning, a commitment to act with integrity and compassion, and the courage to live their dreams.
Shanghai American School has a long history in China's largest city. SAS first opened its doors on September 17, 1912, with 38 students.
By the 1920s, SAS had attracted over 500 students from kindergarten through grade 12. Students came from expatriate missionary, diplomatic, and business families. Many of them went on to distinguished careers in academia, research, medicine, or diplomatic work.
SAS closed in 1950, following the change in government in China. The school reopened in 1980 on the grounds of the U.S. Consulate. A growing foreign community quickly drew increased enrollment, prompting a move in 1989 to the campus of the Shanghai Number 3 Girls' Middle School. When that campus became too small, SAS moved to two new locations—one in suburban Zhudi Town, in Puxi (the west side of Shanghai), and the other in Pudong (the east side of Shanghai).
From 1980 until 1992, the school offered classes only through grade 8. Beginning with the 1992-93 school year, a middle school was established for grades 6 to 8, and in 1993-94, a grade 9 was added. At this time, the Associated Student Body became active and the first SAS dance since 1949 was held. Beginning with the 1994-95 school year, grades 10, 11, and 12 were added and SAS began to provide the complete pre-K through grade 12 educational program that thrives today.
The Pudong campus moved into new facilities in 1998 and the Puxi campus completed the move to its new campus at the start of the 2000-01 academic year. Since then, facilities on both campuses have been continually expanded and improved, and academic programs have kept pace with enrollment in both scope and enhanced sophistication.
The school’s growth since reopening has been tremendous: from approximately 20 students in 1980, it has grown to more than 3000 for the 2013-14 academic year. SAS is now the largest international school in China. SAS students come from more than 40 countries, will nearly the 400 SAS teachers coming from over 27 countries.
SAS is proud of its unique history—and of its active alumni, many of whom who were students during the pre-1949 period.
Shanghai American School is led by a General Leadership Team consisting of the Head of School, Deputy Head of School, CFO/CBO, Director of Human Resources, Director of Technology, Director of Marketing & Communications and the Director of Admissions.
We are one school, two campuses with some of the finest facilities in the world.
We are proud of our facilities, including the largest English language library in China. We have classrooms and sports factilities equipped with state of the art technology, including a Performing Arts Center on each campus and a rock climbing wall on the Pudong campus.
With the impressive size of our community comes an impressive fleet of buses. We have more than 140 buses and drivers that run like clockwork on a weekly basis. The team of experts in the transportation office take the task of moving our students, faculty, and staff to and from campus very seriously. Click here for details.
Our students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to choose from a balanced menu in the cafeterias on each campus. Catering companies provide a variety of options including Asia and Western meals, a salad bar, a sandwich bar, and plenty of a la carte and vegetarian options. Click here for details.
Safety and Security
At Shanghai American School, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. We take seriously our responsibility to keep our students, faculty and staff, parents and guests safe; both on campus and in our surrounding communities. Click here for details.
Some Fast Facts About The Facilities
The Shanghai American School offers students a strong academic program driven by the school's mission and core values. At SAS we strive to build confident, empowered, and globally aware citizens of the world.
Learning at SAS is based on curriculum standards with high expectations for all students. Our comprehensive curriculum allows for differentiation to meet individual needs in a supportive learning environment.
Our faculty is diverse and professional. The expertise of our teachers is reflected in the planning and assessing of standards-based units of study that incorporate innovative, creative, and inquiry-based learning.
SAS is truly a community of learners. Professional learning is an integral component to ensuring the highest quality teaching and learning. The school values authentic professional learning that is ongoing, active, social, and related to the practice of teaching. This kind of learning is best embedded in the life of our teachers through consultancies, institutes, instructional coaching, and. Teachers also attend off-site opportunities.
We offer more than 150 after-school activities between our two campuses. Students of all ages have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, art, and academic that support and compliment our curriculum.
Elementary students enjoy participating in a wide range of after-school activities as well as soccer days and track and field days. Middle school students can participate in a variety of China International Schools Sports Association (CISSA) sports and after-school activities. High school students can compete and perform in 14 sports and six performing arts in the Shanghai International Schools Activities Conference (SISAC), Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC), and a number of local and international tournaments. There are also over 134 student-driven clubs and service groups in the high school.
Additionally, as a member of the Association of Music in International Schools (AMIS) as well as the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA), students passionate about music and theatre are able to travel, compete, and perform throughout the year.
Elementary School Activities
Elementary students at both campuses may participate in a wide variety of after-school activities such as painting, yoga, science experiments, soccer, basketball, computer programming, and more. Soccer days and track and field days are also very popular activities.
Middle School Activities
The Middle School offers a number of exciting after-school activities as well as the opportunity to join a CISSA athletic team in touch rugby, soccer, cross country, swimming, table tennis, floor hockey, volleyball, badminton, basketball, tennis, track & field, and softball.
After-school activities include robotics, ultimate frisbee, coding, Model United Nations (MUN), Roots & Shoots, band, basic cooking, photography, rock climbing, dance and more.
High School Activities
Students can participate in the following APAC varsity sports and performing arts: cross country, tennis, rugby, boys’ baseball, golf, volleyball, basketball, swimming, girls’ softball, badminton, soccer, track and field, table tennis, golf, choir, orchestra, dance, band, theatre and forensics.
There are also many after-school clubs for high school students, such as community service initiatives, debate, robotics, Habitat for Humanity, Animal Rescue, and more.
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