- How is YCIS Shanghai unique? What makes YCIS Shanghai special?
YCIS Shanghai is special due to its unique philosophy and objectives which describe the pioneering of a new paradigm in international education.
YCIS combines the best of Eastern and Western cultures by promoting fluency in two major world languages, creating a truly bilingual learning environment, and providing excellent role models through the Co-Teachers and Co-Principals. The Yew Chung international curriculum equips children not only to be well-rounded, but also global-minded, competitive, appreciative and caring global citizens. Students are nurtured in a multicultural environment with a fully rounded and balanced education which transforms them into global thinking individuals.
This holistic approach to education involves cooperation with parents, family, community and the world around us.
- What is the background of your teachers?
YCIS Shanghai’s teachers are fully qualified and come from over 17 different countries. In most cases, the Western teachers are from countries/regions such as Australia, Canada, England, the US, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland. We also have teachers from our host country of mainland China as part of our Co-Teaching programme offered at YCIS Shanghai.
- Are your teachers qualified?
Yes. Both our Western and Chinese teachers are required to have undergraduate degrees and teaching certificates or degrees from their respective countries as well as at least two years of teaching experience.
- What are your school hours?
School hours depend on the campus and programme. The following is a breakdown of school hours by campus:
K2 half-day: 8:00am - 11:30am
K2-4 full-day: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Year 1 and above: 8:00am - 3:30pm
K2 half-day: 8:00am - 11:30am
K2 full-day and K3-4: 8:00am - 3:15pm
Year 1-4: 8:00am - 3:15pm
Year 5 and above: 8:00am - 3:30pm
- What curriculum do you use?
The school follows the Yew Chung international curriculum. The Early Childhood Education (K2-K4) learning approach is fully bilingual and based on the Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage from the UK. For Years 1-9, an internationalised version of the National Curriculum for England is used, which is augmented with Chinese language and culture lessons, violin instruction, and character education. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is used for Years 10 and 11, while the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) is used for the last two years of Secondary Section, Years 12 and 13.
- Does the school have after-school activities?
Yes, for students in Year 1 and above. Through its After-School Activity Programme (ASAP), YCIS Shanghai offers a wide range of after-school activities to students three times per week. Some examples of activities that have been offered in the past are soccer, basketball, floor hockey, in line skating, Chinese cultural crafts, Lego technology and many more. Many of these activities are free, but there are some run by outside companies which require payment.
- Does YCIS Shanghai require a uniform?
Yes, for students in K3 and above. The uniform is an important feature of our school. Upon enrolling in the school, one uniform set is provided free of charge. A summer and winter regular dress uniform and a summer and winter sport uniform are provided; additional sets may be purchased from the school at an extra cost. Students are required to acquire the uniform prior to commencing classes.
As ambassadors for the school, students are representatives of the school's high expectations and standards. With this in mind, the school attempts to maintain a high standard with its uniform code, which includes guidelines on how to wear the uniform (e.g. no mixing of summer and winter sets), what jewellery can be worn, what type of footwear, and hair requirements.
After the main uniform distribution in August each year, the uniform room is open twice a week throughout the year.
- What kind of footwear should my child wear?
Students are required to supply their own footwear: one pair of black, leather lace-up or velcro shoes and one pair of black or white, or combination of black and white sport shoes.
- Does the school have a discipline policy?
Yes. The school has a progressive discipline policy that aims to develop the students along a continuum toward becoming self-disciplined, moral, ethical and socially responsible individuals. The discipline system is implemented through a cohesive whole-school approach, and addresses such matters as conduct, behaviour, the uniform code, homework, etc.
- Does YCIS Shanghai accept non-English speakers?
YCIS Shanghai always endeavours to accept students of ranging from those with low English ability to those who are native English speakers. YCIS Shanghai has created several different specialised English programmes in order to serve a variety of English ability needs. Please note that the IGCSE programme for Years 10 and 11, and IB programme for Years 12 and 13 each demand an especially high level of English ability. Interested applicants to these programmes should consult the Admissions Office regarding entrance requirements.
- When does your school year start and finish?
Aside from slight fluctuations to the starting and finishing dates, the academic year starts in mid-August and ends in late June. The academic year runs on a semester system. Please refer to the School Calendar section for a more detailed description of the academic year.
- Where are your schools located?
YCIS Shanghai has two campuses, each with two sites. One campus is located in Puxi (Hongqiao and Gubei), and the other is located in Pudong (Regency Park and Century Park). Please refer to the map within "School Map" under the "Contact Us" section to view the campus maps.
- Does the school provide school bus transportation?
Yes, the school has many bus routes available for all campuses. The school bus is optional, as some families prefer to make alternate arrangements for transportation. Normally the pick-up/drop-off point is at the main gate or clubhouse of each housing compound. Three working days are required to process new bus request applications, if indeed the addition is possible. Please check with the School Office for details of times and routes.
- Do you accept new students during the school year?
Yes, as a service to the mobile global community, we attempt to accept students throughout the entire current academic year. Some restrictions may apply, however, with respect to certain programmes offered i.e. the IB programme, or limited seating for certain year levels.
- What are the class sizes?
The class sizes vary by campus and by the year level. The following list shows the maximum size for each year level:
Class / Age
Teacher-Student Ratio for Maximum Class Size
K2 (2-3 years old)
K3 (3-4 years old)
K4 (4-5 years old)
Primary, Years 1-6 (5 to 11 years old)
Secondary, Years 7-11 (11 to 16 years old)
Secondary, Years 12-13 (16 to 18 years old)
This class maximum applies to rooms of standard size, thus some classes may be smaller than the maximum. Due to the demand for space, we believe that the maximum enrolment may be reached in many classes by December. In January, class sizes may decrease slightly due to departing students and increase again in February as new students arrive mid-year. When classes fill, waiting lists are established until spaces open.
We make every attempt not to exceed these sizes. In exceptional cases, one additional student may be added to avoid breaking up a family with multiple children. With two fully trained teachers in each class from K2 to Year 6 and the deployment of specialised teachers in Chinese, English as an Additional Language, Art, Music and ICT, the actual student teacher ratio is quite advantageous compared to other schools, and when students break into language classes, they are often in smaller groupings.
- Does your school provide hot lunches?
Yes. While students are able to bring home lunches to school, hot lunches are available through a catering company which manages the cafeteria for the school. The school lunches are not included in the school fees, except for K2 full-day students.
- What amount of homework should students expect?
The school will ensure that homework is an integral part of the curriculum and is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning. Teachers will give homework according to the age, ability and circumstances of the students, taking into account special educational needs.
In the Primary Section, all students are expected to read every night, in addition to Chinese assignments and other subject work, as assigned. Depending on the child, year group and nature of the homework, times vary between 20 and 90 minutes per night. For the Secondary Section, homework time varies between 90 and 150 minutes per night in Years 7-9, and between 180 and 210 minutes per night in Years 10-13. There is no official homework assigned for the Kindergarten students.
- Do you guarantee places for students in your Schools?
No. Please note that applications will only be considered official once Admissions has received at least the online application form and the application fee payment confirmation (please see the "Admissions" section of this website). Once these are received, the application will proceed through the remaining part of the application process. In addition to an extensive review of the application materials, there may also be an interview, a placement test, and/or a subject selection process involved (depending on the year level). If the application is approved, an Offer of Placement letter will be issued and a seat reserved upon payment of school fees (by the specified deadline). Existing students have automatic seat reservations (due to the placement deposit) until school fees are due.
- What colleges and universities do your students attend?
Graduates from YCIS Shanghai attend a wide variety of colleges and universities around the world, with studies in a broad range of disciplines.
For a complete list, please contact our Admissions Office or refer to the University Acceptance Profile.
- Can you guarantee a place for my child at a college or university?
YCIS Shanghai provides the opportunity for students to follow world-renowned internationally accepted and highly regarded programmes, in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) granted by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Geneva. The degree to which individual students take advantage of these high quality educational opportunities depends on the students' commitment to their studies, and the level of their determination, diligence and academic potential in the pursuit of high achievement.
While we cannot guarantee any specific student a place at a college or a university, we can safely say that if a student achieves to the prerequisite level in the IGCSE and the IB required by the university of choice, and is able to demonstrate positive involvement in school and community activities and service, as well as leadership and other factors viewed highly by university admissions personnel in their selection process, then the student's chances of acceptance into the university are high.
- Does the school have a parent organization?
Yes. The Parent Organisation, Puxi (POP) and the Parent Organisation, Pudong (POP) are very active groups of parents who play a very important role within the school and the community.
- Is the school involved in the community?
Yes. The school supports workshops and activities open to the community throughout the year. In addition, IB students integrate with the community as part of their Creativity, Action and Service course requirements.
- Does the school have a career or guidance counsellor?
YCIS Shanghai provides career counselling to students from Year 10 through Year 13. Special programmes run throughout the year in which students receive support and guidance with respect to career paths, subject selections, and the university and college application process. The school's Career Counsellor works with students on an individual or group basis.
- Is YCIS Shanghai accredited?
YCIS Shanghai is proud to have been the first of all international schools in China to undergo an accreditation process under a joint National Centre for Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT) / Council of International Schools (CIS) / New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation body. As a result of this process, YCIS Shanghai is now accredited through NEASC, CIS and NCCT. The process involved contributions from every group within the school community, i.e. administration, support staff, teachers, students and parents.
- Besides English, does YCIS Shanghai offer any other language training?
Yes. Chinese (Putonghua) is a compulsory course. Primary and Secondary students study Chinese language for a full period every day, with the addition of a Chinese culture class (also taught in Putonghua) once per week in the Primary Section. The Chinese Curriculum at YCIS Shanghai is divided into two sections: Chinese as a First Language (CFL), and Chinese as an Additional Language (CAL). Students are placed into different levels according to their language background, needs and ability. Please refer to the “Chinese Curriculum” section of this website for more Chinese curriculum information.
For additional languages (French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, etc.), some Primary and Secondary students choose to take classes after school with an outside organisation, or an after school club (if offered).
IGCSE students (Years 10-11) are welcome to sit for additional modern foreign language examinations, as we are a test centre and can provide syllabi and suggestions for further study.
At IB level, students with English or Chinese as their mother tongue take A1 language; for students whose first language is a different language we offer School Supported A1 (the study of world literature). If the number of students allows and if required by the IB regulations, the school will employ a dedicated language teacher to offer A1 language to a minimum of five students.
We recognise the value of our multilingual students and encourage our students to become at least bilingually focused during their time at YCIS Shanghai.
- Would my child be expected to take any external exams for Chinese?
Yes. For our IGCSE students (Years 10 and 11), external exams for either IGCSE First Language Chinese or IGCSE Foreign Language Chinese are taken after completing the two-year IGCSE course. For our IB students (Years 12 and 13), the external exams are IB Chinese A1, A2, B and Ab Initio. Examination fees are included in the school fees.
- Do you have further questions?
If you do have further questions, please do not hesitate to email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org