Shanghai American School (SAS) is a prestigious, independent, not-for-profit international school located in Shanghai, China. Founded in 1912, SAS has two campuses and almost 2,700 students enrolled in PK-12, making it China’s largest and most established international school. The academic year has two semesters extending from mid-August to mid-January and from mid-January to mid-June.
Organization: The Board of Trustees is comprised of six SAS parents elected by the Association of Parents, four board-appointed members who are not required to be a parent at SAS, and one representative from the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai. All parents with children enrolled at SAS are automatically members of the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA).
Curriculum: SAS has an American standards-based core curriculum such as that found in the best American schools. The curriculum is augmented by College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses, the AP Capstone Program, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, English-as-an-Additional-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, as well as French and Spanish language options beginning in grade 6. SAS has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1988.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 365 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: Enrollment in September 2020 was 2,649 students (PK-grade 12) representing 47 countries.
Facilities: SAS is the only international school in Shanghai where all revenue that comes into the school stays in the school – and it shows in our facilities. The results are two expansive campuses – the Pudong campus utilizes 23 acres; the Puxi campus spreads across 29 acres. Custom-built with university-level facilities that make SAS a popular host for conferences, tournaments, sports leagues, and events, each of our beautiful campuses feature an aquatic center, performing arts center, green screen rooms, recording studio, baseball field, softball field, track, playing fields, black box theaters, a teaching kitchen, training facilities, design studios/maker spaces, playgrounds, multiple libraries that house the largest collection of English language books on the Mainland, cafeterias, lecture spaces, classrooms, and many other spaces for dreams to come to life.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 98 percent of the school’s operational income will be derived from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: ¥ 227,500; KG–grade 5: ¥ 269,300; grades 6-8: ¥ 275,800; grades 9-11: ¥ 293,800 (includes the cost of high school mandatory trips), and grade 12 ¥ 288,300. The school charges a one-time matriculation fee of ¥28,000 for new students in elementary school and ¥33,000 for new students in middle school and high school. Note that all fees are designated in RMB.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.