Quick Info

Regis-tration and Enrollment

Speak with our admissions office for a tour, or visit our application page to apply now!

Testing and Standards

K-5 curriculum follows the American Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Science follows the American Next Generation Science Standards, and Social Studies follows the American Education Reaches Out international school standards.  The mathematics curriculum is Eureka Math, which is America’s top-rated mathematics curriculum.

Career Oppor-tunities

Interested in being a part of our teaching family? We have open opportunities posted, and welcome you to send in an application for your desired position so we can have you on file!

Staff Directory

Our students, staff and faculty work together to make our school a safe, engaging, rigorous, learning environment. Have a look at the whole family on our staff page!

SHENZHEN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 深美国际学校 Oct 24 J-Term and Middle School Parent Meeting

SAIS is pioneering a new experience this year called J-Term (short for January Term). Your students will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting two-week program from January 6-17th. We will be working with partner organizations to take students in 4th grade and up on trips lasting from 2-8 days, depending on the grade. Younger students will engage in different exciting themes and projects, and will also go on day trips around Shenzhen.

J-Term is a preview of the direction that SAIS is moving in middle and high school, as we seek to give students additional leadership and international exchange experiences. To learn more about J-Term and our plans for middle and high school, please join us from 5:30-7:00 pm on Thursday, October 24th, in the SAIS auditorium.

Also, we need to adjust the calendar to facilitate teacher planning for J-Term. Please note that Friday, December 6th will be a half day, ending at 12:30 pm.

SAIS Fall 2019 Exhibition of Learning

Shenzhen American International School will hold our Fall 2019 Exhibition of Learning on Thursday, December 12th from 5:00-7:00 pm. The Exhibition is an opportunity for our students to present their learning and understanding through demonstration and conversation.

Through events such as the Exhibition, students at SAIS develop a deeper understanding of academic content. This is because they have to talk and explain their work to others outside of the classroom, not just to the teacher who is traditionally the only adult who gives feedback to students. SAIS students also develop rich communication skills through these events.

The Early Learning Environment (ELE) curriculum combines a strong social/emotional component with high academic standards.  Using an inquiry-based, hands-on methodology, students develop their creativity and critical thinking schools.  The ELE follows the American Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts.
The SAIS K-5 curriculum follows the American Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Science follows the American Next Generation Science Standards, and Social Studies follows the American Education Reaches Out international school standards.  The mathematics curriculum is Eureka Math, which is America’s top-rated mathematics curriculum.  

At SAIS, we place a particular emphasis on developing strong English skills.  Instruction is highly differentiated based on the needs of each student.  Programs include Reading A-Z, Readers/Writers Workshop, Treasures, and a host of other resources.  With a student:teacher ratio of 5 to 1, we can guarantee that your child will receive special attention and service.

Project-based learning (PBL) drives the science and social studies curriculum.  Students act like real scientists, historians, and geographers as they learn the content through engaging, hands-on, real world projects.

Middle School is a time of intensifying academic rigor at SAIS.  Judo Math (developed at the famous High Tech High system) drives our mathematics curriculum, and the humanities curriculum is rich in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and research.  Students continue to develop their 21st century skills through project-based learning in the areas of science and social studies.

The SAIS Preparatory Academy program helps students prepare for admission to high-quality high schools through individual project portfolios and targeted test preparation for selective high schools.

About Us

Our Mission & Vision

The mission of the Shenzhen American International School is to prepare students for success anywhere in the world.  Our vision is to prepare students for the future through an innovative approach to project-based learning that incorporates academic rigor and 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

Virtual TouR

Apply Now!

Applications and scholarships available now PK-12.  

The best way to experience SAIS is to visit our Exhibition of Student Work, on  Thursday 4/29/2020, 5:00-7:00. 

High and Middle School Information Sessions:

January 16th            5:30-6:30 p.m.

February 5th            5:30-6:30 p.m.

February 19th          5:30-6:30 p.m.

Tours 9-3:Please come any weekday we are open!


Chinese New Year Break: January 20-31

School Hours

M-F: 8am – 5pm
Weekends: Closed

Phone & Email

(0086-755) 8631 6699


Sep 30-Oct 7

Chinese National Holiday

October 16

Coffee time with Principals at 8:30am

October 24

J-Term & Secondary School Parent Meeting at 5:30pm




What Parents are Saying

“Responsibility is a two way process. I feel that the teachers at SAIS respect the children in the same way they would respect adults; they allow children to speak their thoughts and be taken seriously and not neglect them.”

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I believe strongly in the education that has and is being provided to him.  While yes, it is true that I am a teacher there….I have stayed on as a teacher because the school learning environment is a good fit for my son.

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The school also works as a community to develop responsibility, sensitivity and resourcefulness in the students. It has been a consistent pleasure to work with SAIS where we can send our child with confidence.”

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Get In Touch

Location: 80 Gongyuan Rd., Shekou, Shenzhen, China

Telephone: (0086-755)86316699

Email: admissions@szsais.org

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 5pm

Our School

A Brief Overview

Here are a few brief descriptions of our programs that we are frequently asked about by parents and researchers visiting to learn more about Project-Based Learning in action.

Parent-school committee

The mission of the PSC is to support teachers and staff in their efforts to prepare students for success anywhere in the world.   Upcoming general meetings are March 7, April 11, and May 9.

School Meals Menu

Nom Nom provides daily lunches to our staff and students!

Check out the menu!

Academic Standards
SAIS follows American content standards, including the Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, the AERO Social Studies Standards, and national standards in special classes.  Achievement is measured through internal assessments and the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.
Extracurricular Activities
SAIS offers a wide variety of after-school activities for students of all ages.  Offerings change each quarter.  Sign-ups are available at the beginning of each quarter.
Technology In the Classroom
Digital learning and technology enhancement are important parts of the SAIS experience.  Curriculum resources include Khan Academy and Reading A-Z.  Students use technology extensively in projects, including research, presentations, 3D modeling and printing, virtual reality, and integration of a host of electronic components.