Welcome to the High School division of the Hongqiao campus of Shanghai Community International School. Our mission is to to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities.
SCIS is an amazing place to learn – as an educational community we have a diverse student body, a dedicated network of supportive parents, a world-class curriculum, and fantastic facilities.
We have a highly successful IB Diploma Programme in place and are working towards IB Primary Years and IB Middle Years authorization this year. As such, the IB mission statement and the IB Learner Profile pervades everything we do in the High School – developing students who will make the world a better and more peaceful place is not something we take lightly!
We recognize that the tremendous academic success of our student body would not be possible if we did not work so hard to make sure they were available for learning.
We do this by focussing on approaches to teaching with our staff and approaches to learning with our students.
Whether students leave us to go to pursue their post-secondary dreams or move with their families to other schools around the world, we try to make sure we provide them with a toolbox of learning and life skills – what we sometimes refer to as “learning to learn” and “knowing how to know”. These include skills in communication, thinking, self-management, research and social skills, including the so-called ‘soft-skills’ that we know to be some of the hardest for students to acquire – resilience, perseverance, self-motivation, and mindfulness.
Our core program in Grades 9 and 10 consists of Language & Literature, Language Acquisition (a choice of Mandarin, Spanish or French), Science, Individuals and Societies, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Design and the Arts (a choice of Music, Drama, Media and Visual Arts). These are delivered with the big picture in mind, purposefully contextualized to ensure students can see connections between their learning and the world around them, with some space to inquire and pursue their own interests, and with timely and actionable feedback built in to the process to ensure continuous growth. In addition, students have thirty minutes a day in Dragon Time – a fantastic opportunity to work in small groups with an advisor in a number of key areas including, social-emotional well-being, learning skills development, career-counselling as well as school and community spirit initiatives.
Our Diploma Programme caters to students in Grades 11-12 and is recognized as the gold standard in preparing students for the rigours of University and beyond into their future careers. We work closely with students to select appropriate courses that will lead to successful placement in the eventual programs of their choice in the University of their choice.
This year, we’ve been talking to students about the essential importance of failing forward, using the model of Google X’s “Moonshot Factory” where some of the world’s biggest problems and ideas are worked on by a team of talented designers, engineers, and experts. We are encouraging our students to take moonshots here at SCIS, and by creating a supportive environment where risk-taking, innovation and the purposeful pursuit of challenge reinforces a culture of growth in mindset and practice, failing forward can become a springboard for improvement and ultimately lead to even greater success.
High School Principal