The Shanghai American School (SAS) is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for English-speaking students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1912, although it was closed from 1950-1979. The academic year comprises 2 semesters extending from mid August to mid-January and from mid-January to mid-June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. Seven members are elected from the SAS Parents' Association, the owner of the School. Two are appointed. All parents with children enrolled at SAS are automatically members of the Association.
Curriculum: The School offers an American standards-based core curriculum such as that found in the best American public or private schools. The curriculum is augmented by strong AP and IB programs, some English-as-a-Second-Language support, and the integration of technology across the curriculum, including one-to-one computers in middle school and high school. Chinese language and cultural programs are incorporated throughout the curriculum. SAS has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1988.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 359 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 3,220 (PK-grade 12).
Facilities: SAS operates two purpose-built school campuses. The Pudong (East) campus, located in the midst of a gated golf community just north of Pudong International Airport, currently serves PK-grade 12 on a 23-acre facility. There are eleven main buildings on the campus that include a central plant, cafeteria, a food court, gymnasiums, Aquatic Center, auditorium, elementary school, middle school and high school buildings.
Over the course of the past three years, in response to the growth of the expatriate community taking place in the Pudong area, the campus has expanded more than three-fold to include a new high school and middle school library, three court gyms, Aquatic Center, classrooms, and science laboratories to accommodate separate middle and high school programs.
The Puxi (West) campus is a fully developed PK-grade 12 campus with over 1,800 students. Sixteen major buildings have been constructed since 1998 including: high school, middle school, elementary school, three gymnasiums, elementary library, secondary library, media center, cafeteria with separate areas for upper and lower schools, a central administrative center, Black Box Theater, Performing Arts Center, Aquatic Center, a maintenance/storage building, and central plant.
Both campuses have purpose-designed energy efficiency facilities for instruction in art, music, physical education, science, computers, library skills, and drama, as well as other large, well-lit air-conditioned classrooms. All classrooms, instructional areas and most other areas are fully networked to the school’s computer servers and the Internet. Both campuses have extensive playing fields with full facilities. All SAS facilities are owned by the Association and have been built since 1998 to rigorous U.S. education standards.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 95 percent of the School's operational income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $16,850; K.-grade 5: $25,437; grades 6-8: $26,017; and grades 9-12: $27,167. The School charges an annual capital development fee of $4,851 for all students in grades K-12. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)