Shenzhen American International School

An AdvancED Accredited School

Shenzhen’s premier Project-Based Learning school, 

providing a 21st century education for students in grades PK-9.

General Info


Grade Levels: preK-9

Project Based Learning Guide

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!

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The School Maker Faire is the greatest show and tell on earth – a family – friendly shocase of invention and creativity. Schools and child education organizations can sign up to share their maker projects. The event last 3 hours and will be an interactive exploration of technology and innovation by our young makers.

Makers come to show their creations. Attendees come to glimpse the future, and to learn to become makers themselves.

Event Info:
November 16, 2019
2:00pm – 5:00pm

Hosted by SAIS
Produced by SAIS & Design Society
at Sea World Culture and  Arts Center

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SAIS @ Shekou SDG Summit

The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a global plan of action to drive economic prosperity and social well-being while protecting the environment. Countries established the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) — to boost efforts to achieve the goals.

Four of our middle school students presented at the Shekou SDG Summit. This event was one of many opportunities to get our students out in the community representing the school and developing their leadership and presentation skills.

Shenzhen American International School Principal Dr. Laura Flaxman gave a presentation about growth culture, and Assistant Principal Nate Abbott and Director of Instruction Kenny Purser also shared their expertise about Project Based Learning. SAIS was excited to be in the school community to boost the efforts to achieve the global goals.

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


80 Gongyuan Rd.
Shekou, Shenzhen, China


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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After School programs


Years Established

Get In Touch

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

Telephone: (0086-755)86316699


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.