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MS Principal's Welcome


Welcome to the Middle School division of Shanghai Community International School's Hongqiao campus. Our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners who contribute positively to their communities.

SCIS is an exceptional educational community with outstanding teachers, supportive parents and diverse students ready and willing to learn. Many opportunities in and out of the classroom exist for students to make friends, to explore their passions, to acquire new skills, to visit new places and become successful young adults. 


The middle school years (grades 6 - 8) are a time for increased independence in learning. Our challenging and creative program helps students develop skills and understandings needed to meet the demands of high school while continuing to inspire a thirst for learning. The IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) provides an academic framework that encourages them to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and to become critical and reflective thinkers. This is complemented by abundant activities offerings and a strong emphasis on student wellbeing.

We are also conscious of how rapidly technology is changing our world and as such it is vital our students are exposed to what is current and become adept at using the latest tools for learning. Every student is equipped with his or her own laptop computer and teachers integrate a wide range of applications in the teaching and learning process. 

The middle school years are also a time when children are exploring who they are and where they fit into the scheme of things. They want to increase the level of independence in their own decision-making. Our task as educators, in partnership with parents, is to guide them along this road with both patience and understanding. To this end, we also believe that a commitment to service is vitally important. It not only helps students to think about other communities, but provides them with opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Furthermore, our Middle School community is a place where close, trusting relationships, with both adults and peers, are encouraged and nurtured. Such a climate allows for personal growth and to help students deal successfully with change and transition. Dragon Advisory group time provide students with the opportunity to share interests and concerns, and experience the encouragement of their classmates and teachers. Students receive additional support from a full-time counselor and health classes at each grade level. Students are also members of a “House” which provides them with opportunities to have fun and develop a strong sense of community across grade levels.

Please use this website to find important information about the Middle School. Browse class web pages, blogs and picture galleries to see the teaching and learning that is taking place.


Tina Santilli
Middle School Principal














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